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Echo: Suarez the star as Reds rout Baggies
Oct 26th 2013, 21:35

This story has been reproduced from today's media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Liverpool FC recorded a 4-1 win over West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

Daniel Sturridge was also on the scoresheet as the Reds collected their biggest win of the campaign so far, on a day spoiled only by James Morrison's second-half penalty.

Brendan Rodgers made just one change from the side that had drawn at Newcastle last weekend, with Lucas Leiva in for Victor Moses.

Albion, who had won on their last two visits to Anfield, contained former Reds striker Nicolas Anelka in their line-up.

Liverpool started brightly, and were ahead inside 12 minutes through Suarez. The Uruguayan collected possession 35 yards from goal, accelerated past Claudio Yacob, nutmegged Jonas Olsson and drilled the ball low across Boaz Myhill into his bottom right-hand corner.

The Uruguayan was at it again five minutes later as he doubled the Reds' lead. It seemed the move had broken down when Suarez's pass was left short of Aly Cissokho on the left edge of the box, but Cissokho reached it first, and when his poked cross arrived on Suarez's forehead 18 yards out, the ball flew past Myhill into the top corner.

Suarez was causing all kinds of trouble, and curled a 25-yard free kick just off target. Gerrard then set up the impressive Jordan Henderson, who bent his shot just wide.

West Brom offered little by way of an attacking threat, though Nicolas Anelka saw an effort cleared off the line by Martin Skrtel just before half time after latching on to Youssouf Mulumbu's diagonal ball.

After the interval, Sturridge curled a free kick just wide, whilst Claudio Yacob sent a shot off target after Simon Mignolet had flapped at a corner.

Suarez was operating on a different level throughout, and completed his hat-trick in the 55 minute as he met Gerrard's inswinging free kick from the left with a fine glancing header.

Daniel Sturridge could have added a fourth three minutes later, but leant back and fired off target from Glen Johnson's cross. The former Chelsea man then rattled the crossbar with a fierce strike after working his way into the area.

Gareth McAuley, given a torrid time by Suarez, fired over the bar in a rare chance for the Baggies, who were then handed a lifeline as a penalty was awarded for a foul on Billy Jones. James Morrison drove home the spot kick.

Myhill denied Gerrard at the near post, and Suarez curled another free kick off target, as Liverpool's tempo dropped off. Chris Brunt, on as a substitute, dragged a shot wide for the visitors.

Sturridge, though, kept plugging away, and got his reward 13 minutes from time as he strode forward and clipped a brilliant chipped effort over the stranded Myhill and into the net from 20 yards.

Suarez, seeking the last word, saw an overhead kick tipped onto the bar by Myhill late on, whilst Mignolet pulled out a fine instinctive save to deny Morrison in the dying stages.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Toure, Skrtel, Sakho, Johnson (Kelly 62), Lucas, Gerrard (Allen 86), Henderson, Cissokho, Suarez (Luis Alberto 89), Sturridge

Subs: Jones, Moses, Agger, Sterling

West Brom: Myhill, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Yacob (Brunt 69), Amalfitano (Morrison 45), Sessegnon, Anichebe, Anelka (Long 69)

Subs: Lugano, Daniels, Vydra, Berahino

Goals: Morrison (pen 66)

Cards: Yacob, Olsson

Referee: Jon Moss

Attendance: 44,747

Source: Liverpool Echo

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