Steven Gerrard admitted he was ready to give Luis Suarez a "b******ing" when he let fly from 45 yards to complete a stunning hat-trick against Norwich.
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Suarez, 25, produced an audacious lob from near the edge of the centre circle to set the seal a 3-0 win at Carrow Road, as well as a day to remember on an individual level.
He had wasted an earlier opportunity to add to his two clinical first-half strikes when he lobbed over the bar from the edge of the penalty area, but Gerrard told ESPN: "That's the type of player he is, but I still had confidence he could get the third."
Recalling the eventual spectacular clincher, he added: "It was just on the tip of my tongue to give him a b******ing but then he did that.
"He's a special player, his movement's first class and it makes my job as a midfielder easier alongside him. He's a top player, one of the best in the world on his day, and today was his day. It was great finishing and we as a team could have had more.''
The Reds had the better of a largely low-key encounter played out in torrential rain and their captain said: "It was a good team performance, we beat a very good team - Norwich press well and they're difficult to beat.''
The match raised Liverpool's confidence ahead of next Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea.
But, Gerrard continued: "We've got to beat Fulham (on Tuesday) first, we'll take each game as comes and we want to go into the cup final in good form. We're excited, we've done really well in the cups this year and we deserve to be in the final but it would be silly and naive to focus on the final with league games to come.''
Manager Kenny Dalglish was reluctant to single out Suarez for special attention despite his goalscoring heroics, simply saying: "It's all part of the team performance, they were three great goals for us.
"It was a fantastic performance but we've played like that plenty of times this season, there've been games we've played even better and come away without anything. It's even more credit to them that they keep going out there and believing in their ability and we've won easily today."
Liverpool still managed their habitual strike of the woodwork when Jonjo Shelvey headed against the crossbar, and the midfielder also failed to find an unguarded net when sliding into the six-yard box.
Dalglish said: "We'll forgive it when we're 2-0 up - we've done it again but at least we've won today and got the three goals."