Thursday, December 05, 2013

A Cat Amongst the Canaries



Andy Hunter:

Torture by Luis Suárez is routine for Norwich City but that does not diminish his capacity to astonish. The Liverpool striker continued his personal crusade against the men from Carrow Road with four goals and one assist as Anfield witnessed an individual masterclass, one Brendan Rodgers placed in the company of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. No one privileged to be present would disagree.

Suárez took his tally to 11 goals in his last four appearances against Norwich with one outrageous 40-yard strike, a superb piece of improvisation, a glorious half-volley and a 25-yard free-kick, becoming the Premier League's leading goalscorer in the process – and to think his season only commenced on 25 September. He also found time to create the fifth for Raheem Sterling. The 26-year-old has 51 league goals in the red of Liverpool and 11 have come against Chris Hughton's team. Quite what Norwich have done to warrant this relentless, ruthless punishment is unknown but even the Liverpool manager offered his sympathy.

...The hat-trick was Suárez's third in four games against Norwich, ensuring he became the first player in Premier League history to score three trebles against the same team. "I wish Luis Suárez would just leave us alone," tweeted Norwich's Anthony Pilkington.

As far as mid-table teams go, I like Norwich. I hope they do well and avoid being caught up in a relegation scrap by season's end (and I love Stephen Fry, too, so I want his team to be successful and bring him joy). But — not just speaking as a Liverpool fan either — damn, it sure is entertaining to see how they somehow bring the absolute best out of Suárez every time he plays them. Poor hapless bastards.