Luis Suarez discovered that it pays to stay on your feet as Liverpool romped to their biggest win under Brendan Rodgers.
Suarez, taken to task by his manager after admitting diving earlier in the season, did not fall over once at Anfield despite some hefty Norwich tackling.
He also formed a threatening new partnership with £12million signing Daniel Sturridge.
Liverpool: Jones, Wisdom, Carragher, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Lucas (Sterling 68), Henderson (Allen 77), Suarez, Sturridge (Borini 69), Downing.
Subs Not Used: Gulacsi, Shelvey, Skrtel, Robinson.
Goals: Henderson 26, Suarez 36, Sturridge 59, Gerrard 66, Ryan Bennett 74 og.
Norwich: Bunn, Martin, Ryan Bennett, Turner, Garrido, Elliott Bennett (Hoolahan 65), Johnson,Howson, Snodgrass (Pilkington 86), Tettey, Holt.
Subs Not Used: Rudd, Jackson, Barnett, Tierney, Kane.
Ref: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).
The Uruguayan collected his 20th goal of the season, from Sturridge’s clever dummy.
Even more impressive was his role in Liverpool’s opener after 26 minutes, just as The Kop were starting to get frustrated.
Jonathan Howson took a couple of bites at the Uruguayan but Suarez ploughed on creditably. And when Elliott Bennett intervened with a desperate challenge from the side, the ball went straight to Jordan Henderson, who scored with a sumptuous half-volley.
That opened the floodgates for Liverpool, who must wish they could play Norwich every week having battered them 5-2 at Carrow Road when Suarez grabbed a hat-trick.
This time Steven Gerrard, Sturridge and a Ryan Bennett own-goal also featured on the scoresheet. Sturridge’s close-range effort, after goalkeeper Mark Bunn had missed a Stewart Downing cross, meant he became the first Liverpool player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to score in his first three appearances for the club.
He got a standing ovation when he was taken off with Liverpool already assured of the win that took them to within six points of Spurs in fourth.
Having selected Suarez and Sturridge together for the first time, Rodgers could not have been happier, saying: ‘Luis has been terrific for us all season but now he has got a recognised goalscorer up beside him, teams have someone else to worry about as well.
‘Sturridge not only has pace and power, he’s a clever player. They are a very fluid pairing. We have seen it in training.’
With Liverpool chairman Tom Werner making a rare visit to Anfield, there was some anxiety from the home fans about the absence of defensive stalwarts Pepe Reina and Martin Skrtel. But Norwich had not won at Anfield since 1994 and never looked like doing so here.
Sturridge started in the middle and Suarez out on the left but they changed so often Norwich did not know how to cope.
Suarez was rewarded for not falling in a heap at the first opportunity and Bennett’s interception bounced up perfectly for Henderson, who took advantage with a rocket shot into the top corner for 1-0.
The interplay between Liverpool’s strikers became apparent with the second, 10 minutes later. Lucas threaded a pass to Sturridge from midfield but the striker cleverly let it run through his legs.
Almost by telepathy, Suarez hardly had to break stride to collect the dummy and beat Bunn left-footed.
Worryingly for Hughton, they opened up alarmingly in the second half as heads dropped.
Just before the hour, Bunn made a hash of Downing’s driven cross and the ball fell kindly to Sturridge, who tapped in. It was the youngster’s third Liverpool goal.
There was still time for Gerrard to get in on the act, shooting home from nearly 30 yards with no Norwich defender closing him down.
And the ultimate humiliation was saved until last when substitute Raheem Sterling turned Michael Turner and his cross was then deflected in by Ryan Bennett.
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