Luis Suarez was in sparkling form as he produced a sensational hat-trick to inspire Liverpool to their first league win of the season against Norwich.

Liverpool secured an emphatic 5-2 win over the Canaries thanks in large to the display of the Uruguayan striker who scored a treble in the corresponding fixture last season.

Luis Suarez
Suarez celebrates after scoring a second hat-trick against Norwich [Reuters] Reuters

The striker has been criticised for failing to convert his opportunities since moving to Liverpool, while in the last couple of weeks he has been accused of diving in order to gain an advantage.

However, it took him all of 67 seconds to answer his critics as he fired home from the edge of the box to hand Liverpool the lead.

Suarez then doubled Liverpool's lead before summer signing Nuri Sahin made it 3-0 just after the break.

The Uruguay international then sealed his hat-trick when he curled an effort past John Ruddy from the edge of the box.

Steven Gerrard scored Liverpool's fifth after Steve Morrison had pulled one back for Norwich, while there was a late consolation when Grant Holt scored three minutes from time.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was quick to praise the performance of Suarez when he spoke to the official Liverpool website.

"I remember his game last year and his goals were incredible," said Rodgers. "I've got to say, this was another master class in finishing.

"His first goal was terrific. We built it from behind and played through the lines. There was a nice combination on the edge of the box and he finished it well.

"His second one typifies him because 10 seconds earlier he missed probably his easiest chance [of the afternoon]. He doesn't get disappointed and immediately he gets back onto the ball and with an incredible piece of skill, he nutmegs the defender and finishes with the outside of his foot.

"It was a special day for him - and more importantly, a special day for the team.

"I thought the performance and how we got between the lines, and played and passed, and had relentless possession was pleasing."