Premier League roundup: Sensational Suarez sinks Norwich as Moyes sees Everton finally win at Old Trafford
Luis Suarez became the first Premier League player to score three hat-tricks against the same team in what was an easy victory over lowly Norwich City at Anfield. It was another tough night for David Moyes, following defeat at home to previous employers Everton.
Uruguayan star Suarez kept up his fantastic goal scoring record against Chris Hughton’s Canaries by scoring four times in a 5-1 thumping on Wednesday night. His first was an audacious 40-yard strike that left goalkeeper John Ruddy flapping at air.
A truly sensational strike that befitted a striker – who after the game – has now scored 12 goals since returning from suspension. The controversial players’ second goal was less dazzling but certainly clinical.
A smart dummy from Gerrard following a Coutinho cross was finished with acute precision by arguably one of the best strikers in World Football.
With Liverpool firmly in control of the game, Suarez’s third goal was reminiscent of Matt Le Tissier. The former Ajax man flick the ball neatly above the ahead of Leroy Fer and he half-volleyed the ball beyond John Ruddy, to complete his third hat-trick against Norwich.
His fourth and final goal was a delightful 25-yard free-kick. A player brimming with confidence was applauded accordingly as Liverpool were looking rampant going forward. A smart pass and a deft finish from Raheem Stirling rounded off the victory before Bradley Johnson scored a late consolation goal.
Liverpool now sit in fourth place in the Premier League.
David Moyes’ 11 year wait to see Everton win at Old Trafford is finally over. However, the former Toffees boss was on the wrong end of what was yet another damning blow to Manchester United’s chances of mounting a serious title challenge.
Without talisman Van Persie and missing the backbone in midfield that Michael Carrick provides, United were guilty of missing chances and even faultier at the back.
Everton had a fair share of the ball in the first half and deservedly remained in the game at the break. The Red Devils pressed for an elusive goal in the second half but a fine point blank save from Tim Howard and a resulting header that was agonisingly placed on the crossbar from Danny Welbeck summed up another frustrating night for a manager who is still questioned over his arrival in Manchester.
The elusive goal came late on. Good work from powerhouse forward Romelu Lukaku found Brian Oviedo creeping in at the back post, and the left-back who is filling the void of the injured Leighton Baines popped up with his second goal in as many games.
As the final whistle blew, pictures of a less than impressed Sir Alex Ferguson summed up the atmosphere at the Theatre of Dreams as Manchester United sit ninth after 14 games; 12 points behind leaders Arsenal.
Thomas Bradley, football correspondent
Arsenal 2 Hull 0
Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 0
Fulham 1 Spurs 2
Liverpool 5 Norwich 1
Man Utd 0 Everton 1
Southampton 2 Aston Villa 3
Stoke 0 Cardiff 0
Sunderland 3 Chelsea 4
Swansea 3 Newcastle 0
WBA 2 Man City 3