Liverpool striker Luis Suarez continues to haunt Norwich City, as he scored four goals and assisted on another in his club's 5-1 win on Wednesday night.
He's the first player ever to have three hat tricks against the same club, per the Premier League.
It's also the fifth time Suarez has scored three goals in an EPL match, which moves him ahead of Carlos Tevez on the all-time list, per ESPN's Paul Carr.
Luis Suárez scores his 5th Premier League hat trick, passing Carlos Tévez for most by a South American player.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) December 4, 2013
He's also the first South American to score four in a game.
Norwich shouldn't feel too victimized, though, as OptaJoe points out the player has an outstanding goalscoring record in his 86 league games.
50 - Luis Suarez has reached 50 Premier League goals in just 86 appearances. Deadly.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 4, 2013
The Uruguayan star put the Reds up 1-0 in the 15th minute, and it was a moment of brilliance. The forward caught Norwich 'keeper John Ruddy off his line and unleashed a vicious volley from about 35 yards out that dipped in under the bar.
Just 14 minutes later, it was Suarez again. The second goal was much less glamorous but effective all the same. After Steven Gerrard flicked on a header, he was there for the finish to double the Reds' lead.
Liverpool had a great summary of Suarez's magnificent third goal, which came in the 35th minute.
Another stunner from Suarez! He flicks the ball around Fer before drilling home from the edge of the box. Brilliant stuff once again!— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 4, 2013
See it for yourself below.
However, the Liverpool striker wasn't quite done yet, as he notched his fourth of the match in the second half, a goal that made history (via Carr):
Luis Suárez is the first South American to score four goals in a Premier League game. Ridiculous.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) December 4, 2013
Here is a GIF of the free kick stunner (via Feint Zebra on Twitter):
Sometimes, pictures speak louder than words, per Brooks Peck of the Dirty Tackle.
This photo sums up the night for Suarez (and John Ruddy) perfectly... pic.twitter.com/SqGizUf4E0— dirtytackle (@BrooksDT) December 4, 2013
Not content to simply score, the Uruguayan provided the assist for Raheem Sterling's goal in the 88th minute.
It's the first time a Premier League player has scored four goals and recorded an assist since Frank Lampard did so in 2010.
5 - Luis Suarez is the first player to score four goals and assist another in a PL game since F Lampard vs A Villa (Mar 2010). Involved.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 4, 2013
Suarez was a colossus in the first half. Although he wasn't dribbling through the Norwich defense on every possession, he made the most of every touch he had on the ball, which is exactly what you'd expect from a world-class striker. He also had the confidence to shoot from nearly anywhere on the pitch, and you got the feeling that there wasn't a position on the field from which Suarez wouldn't be able to score.
This is a positive sign for Liverpool.
It's imperative that Suarez remain on form for them. With Daniel Sturridge's injury, the Reds' No. 7 will be tasked with even more of the scoring duties and often deployed as the lone forward in the attack. Performances like this will ensure that Liverpool are able to hang around the top four.
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