Analyzing Luis Suarez's Performance vs. Norwich City

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 4:   Luis Suarez of Liverpool celebrates his first goal from a long range effort during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Norwich City at Anfield on December 4, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
Jan Kruger/Getty Images

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.

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.

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.


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):

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.

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.

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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