Norwich overcome by the brilliance of Suarez

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Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scored four goals – including a superb 20-minute first-half hat-trick – to send the number crunchers into overdrive and Norwich City back to East Anglia disconsolate after a 5-1 loss.

The statistics piling up for the Uruguay international at Anfield are remarkable and surpassed only by his personal record against the Canaries as the 26-year-old became the first Premier League player to score three hat-tricks against the same team.

Suarez now has 11 goals in five appearances against Norwich – and he did not score in his first game against them. In his last four appearances he is averaging a goal every 33 minutes.

The bigger picture shows Suarez’s 50th league goal for the Reds came up in only his 85th game and in doing so took the outright lead as the Premier League’s top scorer this season with 13.

Former Leeds midfielder Bradley Johnson headed a reply for Norwich with seven minutes to go, but it barely even registered with the travelling support before Raheem Sterling ensured the night finished on a high for the home side by converting Suarez’s cross.