Norwich City 2-5 Liverpool
A Luis Suarez hat-trick helped Liverpool to their first win of the season with a 5-2 mauling of Norwich at Carrow Road.
Brendan Rogers' reign at Liverpool had seen more downs than ups before today but perhaps this display against an awful Norwich side will be the kickstart that their season needed. From the very first minute it was one way traffic and Luis Suarez opened the scoring inside 68 seconds as he reacted quickly to fire home from the edge of the box. Pepe Reina made a superb stop a few minutes later to deny Simeon Jackson but Liverpool continued to pour forward and the only real surprise about Suarez's carbon-copy second of the afternoon was that it only arrived seven minutes before the interval. Norwich again started the second half slowly and less than two minutes after the interval the men from Merseyside put the game beyond doubt as Suarez darted into the box and laid it on a plate for Nuri Sahin. Uruguayan striker Suarez completed a superb hat-trick just before the hour mark as he found half a yard to bend a shot low into the far corner from the edge of the area. It was not all good news for Liverpool though as Reina, who has not been at his best this season, fumbled a Russell Martin shot to the feet of Steve Morison just three minutes later. However, Liverpool were not going to let Norwich back into it and Raheem Sterling and Suarez combined to slide in Steven Gerrard to make it 5-1 with 20 minutes remaining. Rogers' side took their collective foot off the gas and a mistake from Martin Skrtel allowed Grant Holt to bring a bit of respectability in the dying minutes with Norwich's second consolation goal.