Video: Luis Suarez v. Norwich City

Mark Thompson

Daniel Sturridge got his third goal in three games to start his Liverpool career and Jordan Henderson turned in one of his best performances in a Liverpool shirt, but as he is wont to do, Luis Suarez once again dominated Norwich from start to finish.

Once the scoring got going yesterday, it became fairly clear that Liverpool were going to be the only team coming away with points, as Norwich squandered their only chance of the first half within seven minutes and didn't really threaten again until Grant Holt fired a volley towards goal that Andre Wisdom headed to safety. Liverpool had struggled to break down the Norwich defense prior to Jordan Henderson's opener, but after the young midfielder volleyed past Mark Bunn, the match was Liverpool's for the taking.

The early going was a bit stop and start, but the one consistent positive point for Liverpool was Luis Suarez, who's made a habit of absolutely terrorizing Norwich City since arriving in England. Last season he should have had two or three in the 1-1 draw at Anfield and made up for it with one of the great Liverpool hat-tricks in recent memory later in the season at Carrow Road. Earlier in the fall he got three more on their trip to Norfolk, and ahead of tonight there was an air of expectancy that he'd continue to impress not only against Chris Hughton's side, but as part of a season-long run of form that's produced 19 goals in all competition.

The only sticking point for some was the presence of Daniel Sturridge, who was making his first Liverpool start and doing so in a central striking role. Suarez had made that his own this season, and now, placed in a more withdrawn position off Sturridge, there was cause for concern that his productivity in the final third would suffer.

Turns out not so much.

Suarez was his usual explosive, exhilarating, omnipresent self, making his down the left, right, and center en route to giving the hosts nearly all of their early threat and just enough for the rest of the match to remind Norwich that he's got his pockets stuffed full of their defenders past, present, and future. Wriggling along the goal-line and switching direction on a dime one moment, running onto Lucas' well-weighted pass--dummied by Sturridge in anticipation of his attacking partner's run--the next, Suarez was yet again the point from which Liverpool's most dazzling were produced.

The arrival of Daniel Sturridge takes some of the weight off, and a comprehensive team victory over a poor opponent certainly adds to the shine of the performance. But Luis Suarez was once again the main attraction, and he didn't disappoint, only adding to the optimism about what this side is capable of. Ahead of a difficult stretch, you couldn't really ask for much more.

Unless you're asking for someone to have made a Jordan Henderson compilation so you could write a fawning post about him and include it in that, in which case that would be a reasonable request.

Video by MrBoyWunder via YouTube

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