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April 28, 2012 5:30 PM BST
Carrow Road — Norwich, Norfolk
Referee:‬ M. Halsey‎
Attendance:‬ 26819‎
 
 
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Player Ratings: Norwich City 0-3 Liverpool

Luis Suarez scored a wonderful hat-trick to help the Reds to a comfortable victory as the Canaries missed a chance to draw level in the table with Kenny Dalglish's side

By Oliver Platt at Carrow Road

  • John Ruddy
    17
    13
    3.00

    John Ruddy

    Could do little about Suarez's first two goals. May not like to have been beaten from that distance by the third, but the Uruguayan's chip was near enough perfect.

  • Adam Drury
    5
    14
    3.00

    Adam Drury

    Hauled off with an injury early on in the first half.

  • Elliot Ward
    17
    33
    1.50

    Elliot Ward Flop of the Match

    Robbed by Suarez in his own half in the build-up to the second goal and repeated the trick just minutes later. Not his finest day, and the crowd let him know about it. Struggled to deal with Suarez all game, and was again at fault as the Uruguayan bagged his hat-trick.

  • Kyle Naughton
    6
    14
    3.00

    Kyle Naughton

    Dealt with Downing well. Perhaps pushed a little too high up the pitch at times, which gave Suarez space to run into and did not make Ward's day any easier.

  • Ryan Bennett
    6
    21
    3.00

    Ryan Bennett

    More comfortable than his partner with the nimble Suarez. Wasn't drawn into the same kind of mistakes being made around him.

  • Bradley Johnson
    3
    11
    3.00

    Bradley Johnson

    Tried to play with some positivity, driving forward from a deep position in midfield, but too often played ambitious passes that didn't come off. His effort can't be faulted, however.

  • Anthony Pilkington
    5
    12
    3.00

    Anthony Pilkington

    Norwich's biggest threat early on. Looked like he could get the better of Carragher eventually if he persisted, but his supply dried up as Liverpool took control of the game.

  • David Fox
    5
    11
    2.50

    David Fox

    So often mistake-free at the base of midfield, he was guilty of coughing up possession in a bad position in the build-up to the first goal. Gerrard and Suarez took advantage.

  • Elliott Bennett
    7
    10
    2.00

    Elliott Bennett

    Virtually anonymous. Did not show enough to desire to receive the ball and run at his man and it was a surprise to see him stay on the pitch for so long.

  • Jonny Howson
    5
    11
    3.00

    Jonny Howson

    Had good individual moments of passing and tackling in midfield but didn't seem totally sure of his role, especially in the first half. He is a good player but Lambert still seems to be trying to figure out how to best deploy him.

  • Steve Morison
    4
    14
    3.00

    Steve Morison

    Held up the ball well early on but like Pilkington, faded as his service dried up. His long goalscoring drought continues.

Substitutions

  • Russell Martin
    8
    10
    3.00

    Russell Martin

    Did a solid job against Bellamy. Was always going to struggle for pace against the Welshman and he was intelligent to recognise that and defend in an appropriate style.

  • James Vaughan
    10
    9
    2.50

    James Vaughan

    Tried to stretch the Liverpool defence with his pace but was fairly easily kept to less than dangerous areas of the pitch.

  • Grant Holt
    10
    8
    3.00

    Grant Holt

    Brought on in the second half as a last roll of the dice but even the hero of the Canaries supporters could not bring them back into this game.

  • Pepe Reina
    125
    7
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    Not particularly busy. He met a couple of long-range efforts solidly but they were shots he would expect to save.

  • Glen Johnson
    105
    10
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Didn't really have a winger to mark, as Pilkington cut inside rather than attacking him from the touchline. Got forward to reasonable effect, although his deliveries weren't always first class.

  • José Enrique
    111
    5
    3.00

    José Enrique

    Enjoyed a relatively comfortable afternoon. Wasn't overly tested by Elliott Bennett and so able to support Bellamy on the left-hand side. Provided a cross that Shelvey should have converted in the second half.

  • Daniel Agger
    159
    4
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    Cool, calm and composed at centre-back. Norwich tended to stay away from him, because he mopped up everything that did come his way without issue.

  • Jamie Carragher
    155
    18
    3.50

    Jamie Carragher

    It seemed Norwich had identified the experienced defender as the weak link in Liverpool's back four because they consistently aimed their attacks in his direction. They weren't successful - Carragher was near enough flawless.

  • Steven Gerrard
    212
    10
    3.50

    Steven Gerrard

    On hand to punish Fox for his first half mishap, supplying Suarez for the first goal of the game. Looked a threat on the break and as a late arrival in the penalty area, one such run resulting in a shot that was blocked on its way to hitting the back of the net.

  • Jordan Henderson
    113
    26
    3.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Tidy in a deeper central midfield position. Offered a passing option and distributed the ball well.

  • Stewart Downing
    83
    38
    3.00

    Stewart Downing

    Never looked like he had the confidence to take his man on and as a result he struggled to find space. Defended responsibly and didn't overcomplicate his passing. Managed to turn Naughton on one occasion, and forced a good save from Ruddy.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    121
    23
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Generally, the game seemed to pass him by a little but he showed glimpses he was doing the right sort of things. Made a good run into the box in the second half, but didn't get solid contact on Enrique's cross from point blank range.

  • Luis Suárez
    455
    23
    4.50

    Luis Suárez Top of the Match

    The Uruguayan bagged a simply brilliant hat-trick. His chances may have come courtesy of Norwich mistakes but he still had plenty to do in order to take advantage of them, his first finish in particular superbly taken on his left foot. Saved his best, though, for last, chipping Ruddy from just inside the Norwich half to complete a wonderful treble.

  • Craig Bellamy
    121
    17
    3.00

    Craig Bellamy

    Busy as ever in the first half but seemed to fade as the game wore on. Didn't receive a great deal of support on his side of the pitch.

Substitutions

  • Sebastián Coates
    113
    7
    3.00

    Sebastián Coates

    An imposing presence, he kept Holt at bay after the big striker had been introduced from the Norwich bench.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    95
    9
    3.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    Chased down the Norwich defenders as a lone striker late in the game.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0