Premier League

September 29, 2012


Norwich City

2 - 5


Premier League

14:00 +00:00, September 29, 2012

Carrow Road, England

Rodgers lauds Suarez

Brendan Rodgers hailed a "finishing masterclass'' from Luis Suarez after the forward scored his second hat-trick at Norwich in five months to hand the new Liverpool manager his first win in the Premier League.

"His goals here were incredible last year and this was another masterclass in finishing apart from the one on one chance,'' Rodgers said. "His first goal was terrific. The second one typifies him because he missed his easiest chance he had, but he didn't get disappointed, won back the ball, nutmegged the defender with an incredible piece of skill and then to finish the way he did was brilliant.

"It was a special day for him and the team.''

The issue of referee decisions reared its head again in the first half when Leon Barnett barged into the back of Suarez in the box and also brought his elbow down on the player's shoulder. Referee Mike Jones did not award the penalty, much to the disappointment of Rodgers.

"It was a stonewall penalty,'' he said. "I feel for the guy (Suarez), I really do. Everyone in the ground knew it was a penalty. Antonio Valencia last week got a penalty against us and there was barely any contact.

"Today the young guy Barnett elbowed (Suarez) in the head and gave him a wee nudge just to make sure, but (Jones) still didn't give it. If Luis is a player who goes down too easily he would have done so in the second half when a defender caught him just before the fourth goal.

"Maybe one day we will get the decision. Until that point we just continue to concentrate on our performance.''

Chris Hughton hit out at his defence's poor showing. He said: "You cannot afford to give them the opportunities we gave them today and that is disappointing.''

"We will make no excuses for today or for the points we have got so far this season. We are all still annoyed, disappointed and angry with the goals that we conceded because it doesn't matter who you are playing if you give the opposition those sorts of opportunities there's every chance you could lose.''

Scoring Summary

Norwich City Liverpool
Steve Morison (61')Luis Suárez (2')
Grant Holt (87')Luis Suárez (38')
 Nuri Sahin (47')
 Luis Suárez (57')
 Leon Barnett (og 68')