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Liverpool Videos: Which Luis Suarez Hat-Trick vs. Norwich City Was Better?

NORWICH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates scoring their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on September 29, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2013

Liverpool take on Norwich City this weekend in the Premier League looking to bounce back from their 2-1 reversal against Manchester United on Sunday.  The game will no doubt bring up plenty of reminders from the past couple of fixtures between the two sides.

Luis Suarez has proven himself a terrifying adversary for many clubs since his move from Ajax in 2011, but he seems to have reserved special treatment for the Canaries, twice scoring hat-tricks against them in their own back yard.

On Sunday he will have his first chance to score against Norwich at Anfield, having seen John Ruddy thwart him on a number of occasions last season in the 1-1 draw.

The big question is: Which Suarez treble was more impressive?

Late April 2012 saw the Uruguayan forward score every goal in the game in a 3-0 win at Carrow Road, with two sublime finishes topped off by a strike from just inside the Norwich half to seal his hat-trick.

A fine left-footed finish put Liverpool ahead from just inside the box after Steven Gerrard robbed the defence of possession, while Suarez's second goal was perhaps his cleanest strike since joining the club—a fired, driven shot, low into the far corner after a break down the right channel.

His celebrated third showed the best of his tenacity, vision and execution in a match during which he gave the Norwich defenders a torrid time all game long.

Five months later, Suarez was at it again against the same opponents, this time helping Liverpool pick up their first Premier League victory under Brendan Rodgers in a 5-2 win.

The opening goal came inside of 100 seconds, as he drilled a low shot inside the near post and followed it up with a fine second before halftime. Moments after he'd missed a fairly routine chance, Suarez robbed the ball from Norwich's defence, tricked his way past his marker and bent the ball into the far corner to put the Reds 2-0 ahead.

Suarez then picked up an assist, setting up Nuri Sahin for his only Premiership goal for the Reds, before he completed his hat-trick by curling another shot into the far corner for a 4-0 lead. The game ended with three further goals being scored, but it was once more all about Suarez.

So which was better?

The first hat-trick saw Suarez win the match effectively by himself, including two spectacular solo strikes, but this season's treble saw him show the best of himself in a "defensive" attacking aspect for the second goal, along with two fine other finishes.

Regardless, Liverpool fans will be hoping to see the No. 7 net another goal—or three—on Saturday when Norwich come to town.

 

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