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The weekend's most hyped storylines played out Sunday around the upper end of the table. On Saturday, though, closer to the middle of the table, Liverpool put in its most eye-catching performance.
The Reds' 5-0 rout of Norwich was notable for multiple reasons, chief among them the burgeoning understanding at the top of the formation between Uruguayan trickster Luis Suarez and new signing Daniel Sturridge.
Both scored Saturday and Sturridge set up Suarez's strike with a defense-splitting dummy that left the impression the two have spent more than mere weeks in the same squad.
Sturridge also made history, becoming the first player to score three goals in his first three Liverpool matches since 1974 (via Daily Telegraph).
“They linked very, very well," said Liverpool's first-year manager Brendan Rodgers (per The Guardian). It was a terrific performance. Luis did what he has done for us all season, gave 100 percent all game, and he combined really well with Daniel."
Concerning Sturridge, Rodgers added: "Daniel gives the opponent someone else to worry about. Luis has been incredible this season but he has now got a recognized goalscorer up there alongside him."
The early verdict is that the addition of Sturridge was a master stroke in the transfer market. And the combination of Sturridge and Suarez—along with the improving Jordan Henderson, whose searing opening goal highlighted another strong contribution—will have Liverpool supporters giddy with anticipation.