A Luis Suarez hat-trick, including a brilliant strike from 45 yards, helped Liverpool ease past Norwich as they hit form ahead of the FA Cup final.

Suarez scored his first after seizing on Steven Gerrard's through-ball and curling into the far corner.

His second followed when he surged down the right and fired beyond John Ruddy.

Jonjo Shelvey hit the bar with a header before Suarez completed his hat-trick in stunning fashion, lobbing Ruddy from close to the halfway line.

Dalglish hails 'fantastic' Liverpool

Suarez's third was the pick of an impressive bunch as he pounced on Elliott Ward's failure to keep possession near the halfway line then, spotting Ruddy off his line, executed an inch-perfect chip over the sprawling keeper.

It sealed a welcome victory for Liverpool, who had looked in danger of sinking into the bottom half after winning two of 11 league matches before this one.

Although Chelsea await in the Cup final on Saturday, Kenny Dalglish's team did not look distracted as they recorded back-to-back away wins for the first time in six months.

Mid-table Norwich look like a side who are winding down for the season and have lost three in a row for the first time in this impressive campaign.

It was an uncharacteristically clinical first-half display from Liverpool, with Suarez looking sharp and working well in tandem with the returning Gerrard, who had been rested the previous week against West Brom.

Analysis

"There was no doubt about who the star of the show was. In the first half, Liverpool had two shots and Suarez scored two goals, both clinically taken after lackadaisical moments from Norwich. The third was sublime."

Liverpool wasted more chances in the second period but still looked in command. Paul Lambert's men were sloppy and missed the final-third physicality of Grant Holt, who only came on for the final 15 minutes.

Holt's omission was one of five changes, which was the same number of alterations that Liverpool made to their starting line-up, as Andy Carroll was left out of the squad.

That meant there were 15 English players starting, equalling the most in a Premier League fixture this season, the other being Bolton v Stoke on 6 November.

With so many changes, it was a low-key opening quarter as neither side gelled particularly effectively, but Norwich switched off for a four-minute spell and Suarez punished them.

Gerrard provided the spark that led to Suarez's opener. He caught David Fox napping by intercepting a weak pass and then delivered the ball early to the Uruguayan, who burst clear and curled the ball into the far corner.

Lambert 'disappointed' by Norwich

Liverpool nearly added a second instantly as Suarez cut the ball back for the unmarked Gerrard, whose 16-yard shot was blocked by Ryan Bennett.

Norwich were looking unsettled and the next goal came when Ward's failure to keep the ball allowed Suarez to go racing down the right flank before cutting inside and arrowing in powerfully. After that, Dalglish's men started looking comfortable in possession and in control of the game.

More fight was shown by Norwich early in the second half as Elliott Bennett unleashed a 25-yard effort that Pepe Reina saved, then Bradley Johnson headed wide from Anthony Pilkington's corner.

After Liverpool wasted several more opportunities, including Shelvey's headed attempt and a Suarez chip from 16 yards, Norwich sensed they could find a way back. James Vaughan headed wide from Russell Martin's cross and had a shot blocked by Jamie Carragher.

Did you know?

When Jonjo Shelvey hit the bar early in the second half, it was the 31st time Liverpool have struck the woodwork this season, more than any other Premier League side

But the game was over when Suarez sealed his first Liverpool hat-trick in sublime style.

Norwich manager Paul Lambert: "You can't defend in that way against that calibre of player and think you can get away with it. If you're not 100% on your game, these things can certainly happen.

"It's a sore one. There are not many times when I have walked away from here disappointed in the three years I've been here but that was disappointing.

"I don't think we're ever lost three in a row - it's not too bad that it's taken this length of time - but we've still got two massive games to try to get through and that's what we'll try to do."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

Norwich

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 03 Drury (R Martin - 12' )
  • 22 Ward Booked
  • 25 Naughton
  • 33 R Bennett Booked
  • 04 Johnson
  • 12 Pilkington
  • 15 Fox (Vaughan - 46' Booked )
  • 17 E Bennett
  • 24 Howson Booked
  • 05 Morison (Holt - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 31 Steer
  • 02 R Martin
  • 11 Surman
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 08 Vaughan
  • 09 Holt
  • 21 Wilbraham

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 23 Carragher
  • 08 Gerrard (Coates - 85' )
  • 14 Henderson
  • 19 Downing
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 07 Suarez (Kuyt - 85' )
  • 39 Bellamy

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni
  • 16 Coates
  • 34 Kelly
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 11 Maxi
  • 20 Spearing
  • 18 Kuyt
Ref: Halsey
Att: 26,819

Match Stats

Shots

8 15

On target

3 9

Corners

5 7

Fouls

9 4

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +2:08 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +1:34

Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

90:00 +1:29

Cross by Kyle Naughton (Norwich), resulting in ball out of play.

90:00 +0:54

Cross by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), save (punched) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

90:00 +0:20

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

89:43

Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Bennett (Norwich) from own half, passed.

89:11

Grant Holt (Norwich) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool) from own half, resulting in open play.

88:47

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

88:26

Cross by Elliott Bennett (Norwich), clearance by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool).

86:47

Attacking throw-in by James Vaughan (Norwich).

86:29

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

85:47

Foul by Grant Holt (Norwich) on Glen Johnson (Liverpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Glen Johnson (Liverpool) from right wing, passed.

85:11

Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

84:39 Substitution

Substitution Liverpool substitution: Luis Suarez replaced by Dirk Kuyt (tactical).

84:23 Substitution

Substitution Liverpool substitution: Steven Gerrard replaced by Sebastian Coates (tactical).

83:31

Shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) left-footed from right channel (20 yards), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

81:44

Assist (pass) by Glen Johnson (Liverpool) from own half.

81:44 Goal scored

Goal! - Luis Suarez - Norwich 0 - 3 Liverpool Goal by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right channel (35+ yards).Norwich 0-3 Liverpool.

81:33

Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), clearance by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

81:21

Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

81:05

Cross by Elliott Bennett (Norwich), shot by James Vaughan (Norwich) volleyed right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool).

80:43

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

79:40

Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

79:19

Shot by Bradley Johnson (Norwich) left-footed from right channel (35 yards), missed left.

79:00

Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

78:25

Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

77:13

Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

76:45

Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

76:09

Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

75:43 Substitution

Substitution Norwich substitution: Steve Morison replaced by Grant Holt (tactical).

75:27

Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), header by James Vaughan (Norwich) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.

73:50

Cross by Bradley Johnson (Norwich), save (caught) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

72:44

Cross by Glen Johnson (Liverpool), save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

70:39

Free kick taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) from right channel, passed.

70:39 Booking

Booking Ryan Bennett (Norwich) booked for unsporting behaviour.

70:29

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich) on Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

69:59

Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

69:49

Shot by James Vaughan (Norwich) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), missed left.

69:06

Cross by Luis Suarez (Liverpool), clearance by Elliott Ward (Norwich).

68:09

Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

67:40

Shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) right-footed from right side of penalty area (18 yards), blocked by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

67:32

Cross by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), resulting in open play.

66:20

Cross by Kyle Naughton (Norwich), clearance by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool).

65:19

Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Reina (Liverpool) from own half, resulting in open play.

65:19 Booking

Booking James Vaughan (Norwich) booked for unsporting behaviour.

65:15

Foul by James Vaughan (Norwich) on Jose Reina (Liverpool).

64:27

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) to centre, header by Daniel Agger (Liverpool) from left side of six-yard box (6 yards), clearance by Jonathan Howson (Norwich).

64:17

Shot by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) right-footed from left side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Bradley Johnson (Norwich).

63:49

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

63:27

Shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.

62:56

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

62:11

Foul by James Vaughan (Norwich) on Daniel Agger (Liverpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Reina (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

61:16

Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

60:56

Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

59:35

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) to far post, foul by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) on Kyle Naughton (Norwich). Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

59:23

Shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (tipped round post) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

58:16

Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

58:04

Shot by Elliott Bennett (Norwich) drilled right-footed from left channel (30 yards), missed right.

57:38

Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

57:09

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich) to centre, clearance by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool).

56:53

Shot by Steve Morison (Norwich) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

55:59

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by John Ruddy (Norwich) from own half, resulting in open play.

54:55

Goal kick taken short by John Ruddy (Norwich).

54:26

Cross by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool), shot by Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) right-footed from right side of six-yard box (6 yards), missed right.

53:34

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

53:13

Shot by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) left-footed from centre of penalty area (18 yards), over the bar.

52:15

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) to centre, save (caught) by John Ruddy (Norwich).

51:28

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), shot by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Ryan Bennett (Norwich). Header by Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool) from centre of penalty area (12 yards),

50:58

Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

50:27

Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich) to centre, header by Bradley Johnson (Norwich) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.

50:17

Shot by Elliott Bennett (Norwich) right-footed from left channel (30 yards), save (tipped round post) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

49:47

Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

49:28

Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

49:10

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

48:19

Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

47:42

Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

47:08

Goal kick taken long by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

46:41

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.

46:16

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich) to near post, clearance by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

46:06

Cross by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), clearance by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).

45:43

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich) to near post, clearance by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

45:37

Cross by Elliott Bennett (Norwich), clearance by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool).

45:10

Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Norwich substitution: David Fox replaced by James Vaughan (tactical).

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:24

Free kick taken right-footed by Jose Reina (Liverpool) from own half, resulting in open play.

45:00 +1:24 Booking

Booking Jonathan Howson (Norwich) booked for unsporting behaviour.

45:00 +1:19

Foul by Jonathan Howson (Norwich) on Steven Gerrard (Liverpool).

45:00 +0:41

Foul by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) on Elliott Bennett (Norwich). Free kick crossed right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) from right channel, resulting in open play.

44:54

The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Suarez. Russell Martin takes the free kick.

44:35

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

43:53

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Norwich) on Luis Suarez (Liverpool). Free kick taken right-footed by Glen Johnson (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

43:38

Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

43:12

Goal kick taken long by John Ruddy (Norwich).

41:51

Free kick curled right-footed by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) from left channel (25 yards), over the bar.

41:51 Booking

Booking Elliott Ward (Norwich) booked for unsporting behaviour.

41:46

Foul by Elliott Ward (Norwich) on Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

40:51

Foul by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) on Jonathan Howson (Norwich). Free kick crossed right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) from right channel, clearance by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

39:15

Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

38:18

Outswinging corner from right by-line taken right-footed by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) to near post, clearance by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich).

37:55

Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) to near post, clearance by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich).

37:24

Corner from the right by-line taken by Steven Gerrard, clearance by Bradley Johnson.

37:14

Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

35:11

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

34:59

Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

34:02

Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

33:31

Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

32:34

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Norwich) on Glen Johnson (Liverpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool) from right wing, passed.

32:09

Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

31:04

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

30:35

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

30:31

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

29:39

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

29:05

Attacking throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

27:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Luis Suarez - Norwich 0 - 2 Liverpool Goal by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (18 yards).Norwich 0-2 Liverpool.

27:30

Attacking throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

27:07

Cross by Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), clearance by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

26:35

Corner from right by-line taken short left-footed by Stewart Downing (Liverpool).

26:20

Shot by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) drilled right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Ryan Bennett (Norwich).

24:23

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

23:16

Assist (pass) by Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) from left channel.

23:16 Goal scored

Goal! - Luis Suarez - Norwich 0 - 1 Liverpool Goal by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) left-footed (top-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).Norwich 0-1 Liverpool.

22:42

Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

22:11

Cross by Jonathan Howson (Norwich), clearance by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).

21:48

Attacking throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

21:41

Cross by Russell Martin (Norwich), clearance by Daniel Agger (Liverpool).

20:50

Elliott Bennett (Norwich) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

19:39

Foul by Elliott Bennett (Norwich) on Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool). Free kick taken left-footed by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool) from own half, passed.

18:46

Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

18:27

Goal kick taken short by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

17:42

Craig Bellamy (Liverpool) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Bennett (Norwich) from own half, passed.

16:41

Cross by Luis Suarez (Liverpool), resulting in open play.

14:34

Defending throw-in by Kyle Naughton (Norwich).

13:30

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) on Elliott Bennett (Norwich). Free kick crossed right-footed by David Fox (Norwich) from right wing, save (caught) by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

12:28

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

12:12

Defending throw-in by Russell Martin (Norwich).

11:31

Attacking throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

11:14 Substitution

Substitution Norwich substitution: Adam Drury replaced by Russell Martin (injury).

9:35

Cross by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), resulting in open play.

9:26

Cross by Anthony Pilkington (Norwich), clearance by Jamie Carragher (Liverpool).

8:47

Defending throw-in by Sanchez Jose Enrique (Liverpool).

6:58

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Ryan Bennett (Norwich) from own half, passed.

6:31

Goal kick taken short by Jose Reina (Liverpool).

2:26

Cross by Stewart Downing (Liverpool), clearance by Elliott Ward (Norwich).

2:21

Attacking throw-in by Stewart Downing (Liverpool).

2:10

Defending throw-in by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

0:00

The game begins.

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