Norwich 0 Liverpool 3: Suárez amongst the world’s best – Gerrard
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard describes Luis Suárez as one of the world's best players after the striker's hat-trick at Norwich
Steven Gerrard described Liverpool’s Luis Suárez as one of the best players in the world after the forward’s sublime hat-trick helped the Reds to a resounding victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday.
The Uruguayan striker grabbed his first in the 24th minute, when he collected Gerrard’s pass on the edge of the area and curled a left-footed shot away from Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and into the right corner.
And Suárez added his second four minutes later when he pinched the ball from Elliott Ward and rifled his effort into the Norwich goal, before completing a sparkling performance with a sensational 40-yard lob with Ruddy stranded.
“It was just on the tip of my tongue to give him a b******ing but then he did that [chipped Ruddy],” Gerrard told ESPN.
“He’s a special player, his movement’s first class and it makes my job as a midfielder easier alongside him.
“He’s a top player, one of the best in the world on his day, and today was his day. It was great finishing and we as a team could have had more.”
Liverpool had managed just two victories in 11 attempts ahead of their trip to Norwich but the Reds were good value for their 3-0 victory as Pepe Reina returned to the starting line-up following his three-game suspension and helped his side to their first clean sheet in April.
And despite Suárez’s heroics in front of goal, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was reluctant to lavish praise on the Uruguayan striker, instead preferring to commend the team’s overall performance.
“It’s all part of the team performance, they were three great goals for us,” Dalglish said.
“It was a fantastic performance but we’ve played like that plenty of times this season, there’ve been games we’ve played even better and come away without anything.
“It’s even more credit to them that they keep going out there and believing in their ability and we’ve won easily today.”
And the Liverpool manager, who has regularly criticised his side’s wastefulness in front of goal this season, was in charitable mood as he dismissed Jonjo Shelvey’s unfortunate open goal miss mid-way through the second half.
“We’ll forgive it [the miss] when we’re 2-0 up – we’ve done it again but at least we’ve won today and got the three goals,” he added.