Joe Allen watched Luis Suarez strike fear into the heart of the Norwich defence - and decided the best thing to do would be to simply supply the Uruguayan with the ball at every opportunity.

Suarez made Barclays Premier League history in becoming the first player to net a hat-trick of hat-tricks against an opposing club as the Reds thrashed Chris Hughton's side 5-1 on Wednesday.

The No.7 even went one further and whipped a free-kick beyond John Ruddy for good measure to clinch a fourth in front of the Anfield Road end.

Allen watched the display from close quarters - and afterwards chose to echo the sentiments of manager Brendan Rodgers, who warned reporters that Suarez can still get even better.

"It was a master-class of a performance," Allen told "When he plays like that he's unstoppable and some of the goals were incredible.

"I think when he's like that, it's a case of find him and let him do his magic. I think he struck so much fear into their team that he had the upper hand from the first minute.

"With the track record he's got against Norwich, he felt confident going into the game and he certainly showed that.

"He's constantly getting better, so the sky is the limit. The thing with Luis is how consistently he's performing, week-in, week-out. He's delivering and it's a privilege to play with someone like that - so long may that continue for Liverpool."

Allen had to pause for thought when asked to select his favourite of Suarez's four strikes.

We asked him to choose between a 40-yard lob over Ruddy, an instinctive finish in front of the Kop, a sensational half-volleyed piledriver and an unstoppable, bending free-kick.


"It's tough to pick the best," responded the Wales international. "I think the one where he's flicked it over the guy's head and then half-volleyed it into the side-netting was pretty special.

"But, to be honest - take your pick. Three of them were certainly top, top class."

Rodgers told reporters in his post-match press conference that he had been delighted with the work of the controlling midfielders, who operated in behind Suarez and helped free up space for the striker.

Allen was one such player who the manager tasked with holding onto possession, shifting the ball from side to side and creating the gaps for Suarez to exploit.

"We had a gameplan," said Allen. "But when Luis goes and does that, it takes care of itself.


"We know that he's a key player for us and we try to open up as many opportunities as we can. But on Wednesday night, everything seemed to work and it brought the best out of him."

The commanding victory undoubtedly proved the perfect response to a sobering defeat at the hands of Hull on Humberside at the weekend.

Allen was a spectator in that game; however, he was well aware that a return to winning ways was of the essence going into the game against the Canaries.

And, according to Allen, bouncing back in style only added to the mixture of relief and delight that permeated the home dressing room following the final whistle.

"I think that made it extra-special really," said Allen. "I think there were lessons to be learned from the Hull game. But at the same time, there are games like that when things just don't happen.

"The good thing for us was that we got the chance to get back out there and play just a few days later. And to do that at Anfield and in front of our own supporters, we had a chance to set the record straight really and get back to playing the way we have done this season, and perform the way we know we can perform."

Allen almost muscled in on the Suarez show when he sent a powerful effort dipping towards the top corner of Ruddy's net in the 57th minute of the game.

However, the Norwich stopper managed to apply an acrobatic, finger-tipped save to deny Allen his first Premier League goal for the Reds.

"I thought it had a chance [of going in]," he admitted. "It left my foot well and it was a pretty good save in the end. But I'm getting closer, so hopefully the next one will go in."