Liverpool Focus – Norwich win the perfect tonic for Rodgers’ Liverpool

Lively Liverpool scored five goals in a single Premier League game for the first time in over 16 months as Brendan Rodgers’ rampant Reds turned on the style to sink struggling Norwich City. Uruguayan star Luis Suarez, so often criticised for his profligacy in front of goal, struck a superb hat-trick – his second treble in as many games at Carrow Road – to help the Merseysiders on their way to a much-needed and well-deserved 5-2 victory.

Rodgers’ side went into the game knowing that only a win would do following their poor start to the campaign. The Anfield outfit had collected just two points from their first five fixtures, albeit three of those were crunch clashes against the three top sides in England last season. Reds’ supporters have, on the whole, bought into Rodgers’ pass, pass, pass philosophy and have been delighted with the former Swansea boss for having the courage to give youngsters like Raheem Sterling a chance; however anything other than three points at Norwich would undoubtedly have led to some questioning whether Rodgers is the right man for the job.

Instead, the performance at Carrow Road seemed to provide further proof that Rodgers’ way could just be the right way for the club. Not for the first occasion this season, the Reds dominated the game, but this time they added another key element to their game – goals. It took Suarez just over a minute to score his third league goal of the season and by the time the clock had hit the hour mark, Suarez had sealed his hat-trick and Liverpool – who had only notched four goals in their opening five top-flight games – were 4-0 up. Skipper Steven Gerrard also found the net for the Reds, but Norwich’s two goals provided Rodgers with a reminder that there is still more work to do on the training ground.

Liverpool finished last season with the joint third-best defensive record in the Premier League having conceded just 40 times, but the Reds have been poor at the back so far this term and have already shipped 12 goals. Suspensions, injuries and errors have not helped their cause and Rodgers will be hoping to have a settled back-four in place soon as the Reds look to build on their single league victory.

Despite an impressive attacking display on Saturday, the main question hanging over Rodgers’ head over the coming weeks is still likely to be concerning goals. Suarez’s hat-trick may have taken him to five goals in six games for the season, but the Uruguayan is not always the most reliable in front of goal. The Reds’ other Premier League goalscorers include Martin Skrtel, Steven Gerrard and Nuri Sahin. Liverpool may need their midfielders to chip in with a few more strikes when a resilient Stoke City side arrive at Anfield next weekend in a fixture that caused Kenny Daglish’s side many problems last season as the Potters left Merseyside with a goalless draw.

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