Suarez now has eleven goals in five matches against the Canaries and each of them is good enough for the highlight reel. If the visitors thought they had the upper hand after the Reds put in a dire performance against Hull City on Sunday, they were sorely mistaken; it was an absolutely stunning response to the toothless display we saw on Humberside, one that each and every Liverpool supporter can go off and say “There, that’s what we’re capable of.” Or, in the very least, that’s what Suarez is capable of…
This week has typified everything about being a football fan. The anticipated 3 points against Hull to ‘set us up nicely’ for a few wins, the low of a terrible performance and defeat, the inquest and questioning, then this match.
Matches under the lights at Anfield always seem to have an extra edge to them. The walk up to the ground always seems a little more exciting. Every red that I know had pretty much said the same before kick-off- ‘we want to see a reaction to the Hull defeat’. And what a reaction…..
Quite simply what followed was the Luis Suarez show. It’s as simple as that. He was absolutely unbelievable playing at a personal level that I’m unsure I can remember seeing bettered in my years going to Anfield since the early 1980′s.
He was always the bogey man — first as a defender and captain at Manchester United and then into his managerial career with Birmingham City, Wigan Athletic, Sunderland and now at Hull City. On-loan Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore found the net for the first time in the Premier League to open the scoring before Steven Gerrard pulled things even with a stunning free-kick before the break. Although neither side really looked up for it, the Reds just couldn’t get going and a scrappy goal from David Meyler put the hosts ahead and Martin Skrtel headed a Tom Huddlestone shot past Simon Mignolet to heap on the misery. That, it goes without saying, wasn’t at all what we wanted.
If the pre-kickoff chatter of Jon Flanagan and Joe Allen coming into the side in the absence of Daniel Sturridge — only fit enough to make the bench — and Jose Enrique — currently awaiting knee surgery — was only enough to fuel some pre-match hyperbole, then goals from Philippe Coutinho, Kevin Mirallas and Luis Suarez within the opening twenty minutes would be more than enough to keep the talking heads chatting away. An unflinching Romelu Lukaku double gave the hosts the lead before Sturridge broke Blue hearts with an equalizer with seconds left in regulation time.
There were questions regarding how Brendan Rodgers men would react following the setback at the Emirates, and it took less than a half-hour for them to answer. Cottagers defender Fernando Amorebieta headed in an own goal under pressure to open the scoring, Martin Skrtel headed home a Steven Gerrard corner and Luis Suarez notched a brace — one goal on either side of the half — to bring his Premier League tally to eight and round out the score to a nice even number.
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