Luis Suarez scored a scintillating hat-trick as Liverpool kept the pressure on Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table with a convincing victory over West Brom at Anfield.

This was a majestic individual display by the Uruguayan striker, who left the field to a rapturous ovation and went down the tunnel with the match-ball under his arm. But it was also a day when the partnership between Suarez and Daniel Sturridge simply proved too much for the visitors.

Suarez fired Liverpool in front on 11 minutes, after a delightful, jinking run that tore the West Brom defence to shreds.

Rodgers hails 'complete' Suarez

The 26-year-old added a second six minutes later, heading powerfully beyond goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, and completed his hat-trick with a glancing header from a Steven Gerrard free-kick.

James Morrison pulled a goal back for West Brom with a controversially awarded penalty but Sturridge extinguished any hopes of a comeback 15 minutes from time with a wonderful 20-yard chip. Both home strikers also hit the bar.

Suarez and Sturridge have now scored 14 goals between them in the league this season, and the Uruguayan has 36 goals in his past 46 matches for Liverpool. The only disappointment for Brendan Rodgers' side was the failure to keep a clean sheet, something they have now failed to do since 1 September.

Their concession here was down to a strange piece of officiating midway through the second half, when the assistant referee awarded West Brom a penalty for Aly Cissokho's foul on Billy Jones, despite referee Jon Moss having apparently already decided against awarding a spot-kick.

Clinical Suarez

  • Luis Suarez's hat-trick was his fourth in the Premier League but his first at Anfield.
  • He has scored a hat-trick every 20.3 Premier League games - the best rate of all 46 players to have scored more than one treble.

But the day belonged to Suarez, who came into this game having failed to score against West Brom in five previous appearances but clearly in no mood to be denied again.

His close control was, at times, hypnotic. He produced his full repertoire of feints and swerves, sudden stops and demoralising spurts to leave the visiting defenders dumbfounded time and again.

Frustrated to be denied a penalty after 10 minutes when he went down too easily following a coming together with Gareth McAuley, he soon put things to rights with an opening goal that was the pick of the bunch.

Gathering the ball 25 yards from goal, Suarez drifted away from Claudio Yacob, nutmegged Jonas Olsson and fired a low shot unerringly beyond Myhill and into the far corner of the net.

Next he combined with Cissokho down the Liverpool left before directing the Frenchman's cross beyond Myhill with a powerful header that hit the top corner from the edge of the penalty area.

It felt only a matter of time before Suarez completed his hat-trick as he saw a curling free-kick drift narrowly wide and a goal-bound shot blocked brilliantly by Olsson.

Liverpool were better than us - Clarke

In fact, he had to wait until 10 minutes into the second half for his third, but he made no mistake when Gerrard's free-kick came his way, glancing a header beyond Myhill as Anfield reverberated to the sound of Suarez's name.

Even Liverpool owner John W Henry felt moved to tweet his thoughts from Boston. "Luis. Magician" was all he wrote. On this evidence, it was hard to disagree.

If Suarez had set the record straight on a personal level, this result also brought a measure of revenge for Liverpool, who had lost the past three league matches between the sides.

West Brom had come into the contest unbeaten in five games, their best run of form under Steve Clarke. Memories of their stunning victory at Old Trafford were fresh in the mind and, given the Baggies' solid defensive record, Liverpool might have expected a more taxing afternoon.

But with the calming presence of Lucas Leiva, restored to the side after the birth of his second child, alongside Gerrard and the irrepressible Jordan Henderson in midfield, Liverpool rarely looked troubled.

And while Sturridge may not get the headlines, his contribution was at times just as dazzling as Suarez's. His deft chip for Liverpool's fourth would, on another day, have been the moment of the match.

But by then Suarez had already produced more than enough magic to see West Brom off.

West Brom boss Steve Clarke:

"It was a difficult afternoon. We set ourselves up to be open, but maybe we were a little bit too open. The first goal is disappointing to lose and the second goal is an unbelievable header from the edge of the box.

"We kept going - you can't fault the effort - but we gave ourselves too big a mountain to climb. We created a number of chances. It was an open game - probably great for the Liverpool fans to watch. At the moment their two boys up front are in form and we suffered for that."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Johnson (Kelly - 62' )
  • 20 Cissokho
  • 17 Sakho
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 04 Kolo Touré
  • 08 Gerrard (Allen - 86' )
  • 14 Henderson
  • 07 Suárez (Luis Alberto - 89' )
  • 15 Sturridge
  • 21 Lucas

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 05 Agger
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 12 Moses
  • 24 Allen
  • 31 Sterling
  • 34 Kelly

West Bromwich Albion

  • 13 Myhill
  • 28 Jones
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 05 Yacob Booked (Brunt - 69' )
  • 23 McAuley
  • 03 Olsson Booked
  • 18 Amalfitano (Morrison - 45' )
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 39 Anelka (Long - 69' )
  • 29 Sessegnon
  • 16 Anichebe

Substitutes

  • 07 Morrison
  • 09 Long
  • 11 Brunt
  • 14 Lugano
  • 19 Daniels
  • 20 Vydra
  • 38 Berahino
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 44,747

Match Stats

Shots

18 15

On target

7 3

Corners

3 9

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 4, West Bromwich Albion 1.

90:00 +3:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, West Bromwich Albion 1.

90:00 +0:42

Attempt missed. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Billy Jones.

88:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Luis Alberto replaces Luis Suárez.

87:43

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

86:40

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:40

Foul by Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion).

86:23

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

86:17

Attempt blocked. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

85:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Joe Allen replaces Steven Gerrard.

85:00

Attempt missed. Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross following a corner.

84:36

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

84:34

Attempt saved. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

83:28

Foul by Martin Kelly (Liverpool).

83:28

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:20

Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

80:45

Attempt blocked. Billy Jones (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu.

79:21

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.

76:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 4, West Bromwich Albion 1. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

75:27

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Ridgewell.

75:04

Hand ball by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

73:54

Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Victor Anichebe.

73:09

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

73:09

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:06

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

71:22 Booking

Booking Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:12

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:12

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion).

69:58

Attempt blocked. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stéphane Sessegnon.

69:12

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Boaz Myhill.

69:05

Attempt saved. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

68:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Shane Long replaces Nicolas Anelka.

68:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Chris Brunt replaces Claudio Yacob.

65:42 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 3, West Bromwich Albion 1. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

64:39

Penalty conceded by Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) after a foul in the penalty area.

64:39

Penalty West Bromwich Albion. Billy Jones draws a foul in the penalty area.

63:32

Attempt missed. Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

63:27

Attempt blocked. Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

62:51

Foul by Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool).

62:51

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:13

Offside, Liverpool. Simon Mignolet tries a through ball, but Luis Suárez is caught offside.

61:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Martin Kelly replaces Glen Johnson.

61:18

Martin Skrtel (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:18

Foul by Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion).

60:50

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

58:29

Hand ball by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

57:56

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Martin Skrtel.

57:14

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

56:09

Attempt blocked. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

55:17

Foul by Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool).

55:17

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 3, West Bromwich Albion 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Gerrard with a cross following a set piece situation.

53:41 Booking

Booking Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

53:33

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:33

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

52:30

Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:30

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

51:29

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

50:24

Attempt missed. Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu following a corner.

49:52

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

48:32

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Billy Jones.

48:30

Attempt blocked. Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

47:17

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Kolo Touré.

46:35

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

45:43

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:43

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 +3:13 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 +1:47

Attempt saved. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James Morrison with a cross.

45:00 +1:05

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

45:00 +1:04

Attempt blocked. Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Youssuf Mulumbu with a through ball.

44:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison replaces Morgan Amalfitano because of an injury.

43:35

Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:35

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

42:53

Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

42:53

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:57

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

40:57

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:56

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Steven Gerrard.

38:51

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

35:58

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:58

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion).

33:45

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

32:33

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

32:33

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

32:09

Aly Cissokho (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:09

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

30:14

Attempt missed. Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Morgan Amalfitano following a set piece situation.

30:06

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

28:25

Delay in match Glen Johnson (Liverpool) because of an injury.

27:52

Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

27:52

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:20

Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

25:20

Foul by Claudio Yacob (West Bromwich Albion).

23:05

Hand ball by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

22:08

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

20:14

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

20:14

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:33

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Glen Johnson.

16:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 2, West Bromwich Albion 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Aly Cissokho with a cross.

15:18

Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

15:18

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 1, West Bromwich Albion 0. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kolo Touré.

7:35

Attempt missed. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

5:59

Attempt missed. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Sturridge.

1:03

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Billy Jones.

0:41

Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:41

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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