Display at Norwich City rewarded with ‘proper result’ - Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish
Manager Kenny Dalglish felt Liverpool got their just rewards for once after Luis Suarez’s hat-trick condemned the Canaries to their third successive Premier League defeat.
The Uruguayan struck twice in the space of four minutes midway through the first half and completed his treble eight minutes from time with an audacious lob from just inside the Norwich half to give Dalglish’s men the perfect tonic ahead of their FA Cup final date with Champions League finalists Chelsea next Saturday.
“It was a great performance, but the level of performance wasn’t a surprise because we have produced that many times this season without getting our just reward for it,” said Dalglish.
“There are always going to be some individual performances that outshine others. Luis, scoring three, will get most of the headlines, and deservedly so, for three brilliant goals, but it was the way we went about our work which got us the result.
“The pleasing thing was the performance was rewarded by a proper result today.”
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Suarez proved too hot to handle for the Norwich defence all afternoon, and kept his cool despite constant barracking from the home support.
“Every goal was a great goal but it’s no surprise because of the quality of the player he is,” said Dalglish.
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“I don’t have a cartload of best hat-tricks ever but it was a fantastic hat-trick. He is a fantastic footballer and a fantastic person.
“We are fortunate to have him playing for us, when he is playing like that it is very difficult for anybody to stop him.”
Skipper Steven Gerrard was back in action after missing the 1-0 defeat by West Bromwich Albion with a hamstring niggle, but striker Andy Carroll missed the trip to Carrow Road with a groin injury which should clear up in time for the midweek Premier League game against Fulham and the FA Cup final.