Suarez hat-trick seals Liverpool victory
Luis Suarez netted a stunning hat-trick as Liverpool warmed up for the FA Cup final with a comfortable 3-0 win at Norwich.
The Uruguayan struck twice in the space of four minutes midway through the first half to put the Reds in command.
After Norwich - who are all but secure of a place in the Barclays Premier League heading into their final two games - rallied briefly, Suarez completed his treble eight minutes from time with an audacious lob from just inside the Norwich half.
Reds captain Steven Gerrard had been restored to the starting XI after being rested for last weekend's disappointing home defeat by West Brom which was a seventh in 10 Premier League games.
Norwich winger Anthony Pilkington slipped on a soggy pitch as he looked to cut back inside after getting clear down the left, before keeper John Ruddy was also on the floor at the edge of the penalty area as the ball squirmed loose.
Despite Liverpool having the better of possession, Norwich fashioned the first real opening when Pilkington got away down the left again, and his low centre was hacked clear by Jamie Carragher with Steve Morison waiting at the back post.
The visitors went in front on 24 minutes. Gerrard battled to win the ball out on the left from David Fox, and fed Suarez, who took one touch on into the Norwich area before lashing home into the top-right corner.
Liverpool did double their lead on 28 minutes. Again Suarez was proving too much for the Norwich defence to handle, as this time he robbed Elliott Ward following a short pass out on the right and darted into the box, before this time drilling a low strike across Ruddy and into the bottom corner.
Norwich made a change for the start of the second period as former Everton striker James Vaughan, back from a series of niggling injuries, replaced Fox. It was a lively return by the home side, who forced a couple of corners.
As the hour mark passed, it was all Liverpool. Suarez was played through on goal in the 65th minute but tried a cheeky chip from 12 yards, which floated over the keeper and cleared the crossbar. He completed his hat-trick on 82 minutes as this time his perfectly-weighted lob over Ruddy from just inside the Norwich half dropped into the net.
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