The Uruguayan will visit Carrow Road for the third time on Sunday afternoon having scored hat-tricks in his first two matches at Carrow Road, and four at Anfield in December
By Sam Lee
For Norwich City, the big bad wolf is at the door again. The Canaries are facing a nightmare scenario – they have a caretaker manager in charge, are just two points clear of the relegation zone and have to play Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal in their four remaining fixtures.
First up, it is Liverpool and Luis Suarez. It is as ominous a Premier League run-in as there has surely ever been, and Norwich kick it off by welcoming the man who has scored 11 goals against them in just five matches.
Suarez has played two matches at Carrow Road in his career and has scored a hat-trick on both occasions. The first time, in 2011-12, he buried one with his left foot, added a second with his right and then capped a fine display by chipping John Ruddy from 55 yards out.
In 2012-13, just five months later, he was back in Norfolk and in deadly form again. He opened the scoring with a low strike into the bottom corner from the edge of the area, then found the same corner with the outside of his right foot, and then got his third at the other end with a curling strike to Ruddy’s left.
Oddly, before December’s clash at Anfield he had never scored against Norwich on Merseyside. In his previous two games he had taken 13 shots, with eight on target, without scoring, leading to a shooting accuracy of 61.5 per cent, but a shot conversion rate of 0%!
Of course, he made up for that at the end of last year by scoring four goals in a 5-1 rout. The first was a scarcely believable half-volley from 40 yards out, which (yet again) gave Ruddy no chance. After adding a second with a powerful left-footed effort from Philippe Coutinho’s corner, he perhaps topped his first goal of the night by taking the ball from halfway inside the Norwich half, lifting it over Leroy Fer and then slamming another half-volley into the far corner.
That hat-trick was wrapped up inside 35 minutes and Suarez made history by becoming the first Liverpool player to score three league trebles against the same club. But he wasn’t finished; 15 minutes from time he whipped a free kick into the top corner from around 25 yards out. It was four on the night, 11 in five matches and poor old Ruddy did not have a chance with any of them.
With Liverpool gunning for the title and Suarez needing to net twice to beat the 31-goal record set by Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer, it could be a long afternoon for Norwich on Sunday.