LUIS SUAREZ admits he will cherish the memory of scoring the first hat-trick of his Liverpool career.
The Uruguayan walked away with the matchball after a stunning individual display in Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Suarez completed his treble in style late on with a remarkable 45-yard chip over stranded Canaries keeper John Ruddy.
It took his league tally to 11 goals this season and he now boasts 17 in all competitions.
“After one and a half years of being at Liverpool it’s so nice to finally get a hat-trick,” he said.
“It was very special but the most important thing is that the team won.
“It was a nice feeling to celebrate with the Liverpool fans and the team played very well.”
Suarez paid tribute to skipper Steven Gerrard who created the opening goal for him.
“I was grateful to Stevie for the first goal,” he said.
“He pressurised the defender and then passed to me. It wasn’t easy to score but I was pleased it went in. It set us on the way to get the three points.”
Asked whether his audacious late strike, which will be a contender for Goal of the Season, is the best of his career, Suarez added: “I don’t know. It was a nice goal, a great goal but I think I’ve scored some other good goals as well.
“It was something I tried because I could see their goalkeeper was off his line all the time. Fortunately for me the ball went into the net and I was so happy.”
Gerrard, who was screaming for a pass when Suarez dispatched his long range effort towards goal, was full of praise for the striker.
“I was just about to have a go at him before the hat-trick goal,” he said.
“It was on the tip of my tongue to give him a rollicking. But that then turned into a round of applause.
“He’s a top player, one of the best in the world on his day.
“Today was his day and his finishing was clinical. His movement is first class and we’re on the same wavelength. He’s a special player.
“We could have had two or three more. It was a good team performance and we have beaten a good team. We’re really pleased.”
Kenny Dalglish’s side entertain Fulham tomorrow night before the focus turns to Saturday’s FA Cup final with Chelsea.
“We want to go into the final in good form,” added Gerrard. “We’ve got a game against Fulham now which we want to win and then we can get ready for Chelsea.
“I’m happy with the way things are going at the moment.
“On a personal level I was left out as a precaution last weekend but I’m fine and ready to enjoy the end of the season.”