Norwich City vs. Liverpool: Final score 2-5 as Reds annihilate Canaries

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To say that Liverpool haven't had the best start to their new season would be something of an understatement. To say that they have the quality to turn this awful spell around is not. With a trip to Carrow Road starting off stretch of three games in which the Reds might expect to emerge with five and a half times as many points with which they started, it wouldn't be a huge shock to see Brendan Rodger's side comfortably mid-table by the end of October.

And if they keep getting performances like this from Luis Suarez, they're in fantastic shape. The Uruguay striker was nothing short of superb against Norwich City, scoring three excellent goals and grabbing an assist as Liverpool sewed up the win well before full time. The Canaries' defence was appalling, routinely allowing Suarez to blitz through the centre, and in truth he might have had more than his three (he also won a clear-cut penalty, which was unsurprisingly not given).

Nuri Sahin notched his first Premier League goal shortly after halftime when Suarez teed him up for a close-range finish, a strike that made it 3-0 Liverpool. Things weren't all rosy, however -- had Norwich taken advantage of their several chances the match would have looked very different. Nothing illustrated just how poor/unlucky the hosts were in front of goal so much as Robert Snodgrass contriving to clear his own teammates' shot off the line just prior to Sahin's goal.

The Canaries did score, but not until 4-0 when the game was well out of their grasp. Pepe Reina made a meal of a Russell Martin shot, allowing Steve Morrison to turn in the rebound for a consolation goal, but the comeback was most emphatically not on. Steven Gerrard made it five, and although Holt replied with a strike of his own, Liverpool came away with their first Premier League of the season. Meanwhile, Norwich remain mired at the bottom of the table. Fun times.

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