Norwich City 2
Morison (61), Holt (87)
Well it’s been coming. Our recent form didn’t suggest that we would be without a league win for too long and although references to Norfolk Turkey shoots are little over the top, this was about as easy and comprehensive as it gets to the point that you wondered just what the problems had been since the beginning of the season!.
For once the attention was on Luis Suarez and what he does best rather then what he does controversially. The issue of him diving or going down too easily won’t go away and, despite everything he achieved today, there were more ingredients to add to that debate. This time nothing that Suarez had done but the issue of the referees and the way, given his so called reputation, they now seem to treat him.
The incident in question was challenge from Norwich’s Leon Barnett. Even if Suarez had wanted to dive he wouldn’t have been able to such was the force of Barnett’s contact, which not only involved bringing him down but also an elbow into the shoulder. Nonetheless nothing was given, it’s Suarez so it must be a dive? I have argued that this is an inevitable consequence of our man’s activities in previous games however, only when there is doubt in the referee’s mind. In this case there was no excuse or no debate, it was a clear nailed on penalty and therefore bad, lazy (or both) decision making from referee Jones.
It was ironic that his should happen in the week when BR poked his head above the parapet and suggested that referees were giving his side a raw deal. That’s for another article however if he was hoping for better treatment because of what he said then he was mistaken. Thankfully, for once it was irrelevant as we had, thanks mainly to the devilish brilliance of Suarez, steamrollered to opposition!
BR was forced to make a number changes from the last league game due to suspension or injury. It is a testament to his trust and faith in the younger members of the squad, and the quality of their performance at the Hawthorns in the League Cup on Wednesday, that he by passed over some of the more expected players in the squad and kept faith in Andre Wisdom, Suso and Sahin. Even when Suso made way on the hour experience was kept on the bench in preference to Assaidi.
We began sporting our new hideously naff, crud coloured, away kit with sleeves that looked like the embroidery on my nan’s settee. Of course we were required to don this monstrosity because our all red clearly clashed severely with Norwich’s yellow and green!
It didn’t take long for Suarez to make his mark. After two minutes drilling home a low shot after Norwich had failed properly clear a move involving Johnson and Sahin. Suarez’s second also seized on Norwich’s carelessness in defence with our man pick pocketing a causal Turner to make it two with the outside of his foot.
In the second half if not scoring Suarez was involved in set up. His cross, after good work by Sterling, eventually found Sahin who scored his third goal in four days. Suarez completed his hat trick with a great curling effort from the outside of the area which gave Ruddy, in the Norwich goal, no chance. Gerrard finished things off after an unselfish cut back from Sterling. It was all too easy, simple game this football lark isn’t it?!!!
Norwich had their moments particularly via Jackson who made Reina work on a number occasions and then Snodgrass who missed from around six inches out, however, their goals, via Morison and Holt, had and element of “after the Lord Mayor’s show”.
So are we off and moving? It remains to be seen there will be harder games however the manner of the performance suggests there is better and more enjoyment to come? In the previous article to this I suggested that Suarez wouldn’t repeat the hat trick he achieved in last years fixture, wrong! In mitigation I did suggest he would make his mark he did, and in the right way, along many others who I suspect some reds hadn’t even heard of a year ago! Long may it continue.
Norwich City: Ruddy, R Martin, Turner, Garrido, Barnett Booked, Johnson, Howson, Surman (Hoolahan – 55′ ), Snodgrass, Jackson (Holt – 46′ ), Morison (Tettey – 79′ ), Substitutes: Bunn, Tierney, R Bennett, Hoolahan, E Bennett, Tettey, Holt
Liverpool: Reina, Johnson (Carragher – 77′ ), Agger, Skrtel, Wisdom, Sahin (Henderson – 66′ ), Gerrard, Allen, Sterling, Suarez, Suso (Assaidi – 59′ ), Substitutes: Jones, Coates, Carragher, Henderson, Downing, Assaidi, Borini