Editorials, News — September 30, 2012 12:52

Suarez Treble Earns First League Win (Match Report)

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Lightning struck twice yesterday for Luis Suarez who bagged another treble at Carrow Road and gave Liverpool their much needed first league win of the season. Suarez who was simply unplayable from kick off, tormented and ran the Norwich defence ragged. Liverpool’s number 7 gave Liverpool the perfect start when he struck in the 2nd minute of the game to give the Reds the lead. It set the tone for the game and Liverpool continued to press Norwich with intricate passing and movement. At times the football being played exquisite and  Brendan Rodgers style of football was clearly evident on the pitch.

Liverpool continued to threaten and cut open Norwich defences with move after move, and the Canaries had very little to offer in way of a response. The Reds should have had their second alot sooner than they did, but they were eventually rewarded for all their possession with a second goal in the 38th minute, with some quick thinking from Suarez. A misplaced back pass to Turner was pounced on by Suarez who then dispatched his shot clinically from the outside of his boot past a helpless John Ruddy. The manner in which Liverpool were going about their business, it had now become a question of how many?

Liverpool went on to add three more goals in the second half but it could have been many more. Strikes from Nuri Sahin and Steven Gerrard wrapped up all three points for the Reds but the talk of the town was one man – Luis Suarez. And after the game, the boss Brendan Rodgers had plenty to say about Liverpool’s number 7:

 “His first one was a terrific finish, his second one paid a lot to his ­mentality because he had a missed 10 seconds earlier, probably his easiest chance, but he did not let it affect him and he got the ball back very quickly. It was a great piece of skill on the edge of the box to get his finish. And for his third, he has just chopped back inside and put it in the corner. He is a wonderful talent.”

Suarez’s second hattrick at Carrow Road was once again a reminder of his talent that he possess. On his day Suarez is a world beater and a match winner and he proved this once again yesterday. Quite simply unplayable, the Luis Suarez that burst on the scene in his first season at Liverpool was in full flow yesterday. From the first minute Suarez was not going to be contained, he was full of ideas and his movement and awareness was sublime.

Long Hard Season?

Whilst Suarez will grab all the headlines, the job Brendan Rodgers and his backroom staff are doing is clear to see. Five games on from the opening defeat to West Bromwich Albion many questions were being asked, after the Arsenal game those questions still hovered. Sending Andy Carroll off on loan and not replacing him, the questions became louder and fiercer. ‘Long hard season’  were the words echoing around Liverpool’s season, but the ‘Rodgers Blueprint’ is beginning to take shape.

The style of football currently being played out by the Reds is hugely encouraging. Results in the league have not gone our way but the performances would have suggested more. Even when Liverpool went down to 10 men last weekend to Man Utd, there was something about the way Liverpool were playing that suggested we could still win the game. Coming back from an early goal at West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup was another indication that there is something special building at Liverpool.

Then total domination at Norwich just tipped the balance and renewed hope that, Liverpool’s season is far from over and there is plenty to play for! The Brendan Rodgers Football Philosophy is advancing on the pitch and the players are executing it in a fine way. The youngsters are taking their opportunities and going about their business like veterans. And with the likes of Mike Marsh in the background mentoring and guiding the kids, there is little wonder that the youngsters are making the impact they are making.

Last week Steven Gerrard spoke publically after the Man Utd disappointment of getting a result at Norwich, and just how they did, winning with a style of football that had hallmarks reminiscent of the type that was played by the great teams of the 70’s and 80’s. Massively encouraging and satisfying, the Reds are beginning to move in a direction that we all have been waiting for.

Liverpool were on a mission…mission accomplished – Liverpool fans are buzzing and smiling.

 

 

 

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