Gerrard hails special Suarez

Captain was ready to give Uruguay striker both barrels

Steven Gerrard: Hopeful Liverpool can go into Cup final in good form

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Steven Gerrard revealed he was ready to give Liverpool striker Luis Suarez both barrels when he let fly from 45 yards to complete a sensational hat-trick against Norwich at Carrow Road.

Liverpool warmed up for next week's FA Cup final against Chelsea with a comfortable victory at Carrow Road.

The Uruguay international netted twice in the space of four first-half minutes before brilliantly chipping goalkeeper John Ruddy from just inside the Canaries half late on.

Suarez had wasted an earlier opportunity to add to his two clinical first-half strikes when he lobbed over the bar from the edge of the penalty area, but Gerrard told ESPN: "That's the type of player he is, but I still had confidence he could get the third."

First class

Recalling the eventual spectacular clincher, he added: "It was just on the tip of my tongue to give him a b******ing but then he did that.

"He's a special player, his movement's first class and it makes my job as a midfielder easier alongside him.

"He's a top player, one of the best in the world on his day, and today was his day. It was great finishing and we as a team could have had more."

A home game with Fulham on Tuesday night represents Liverpool's final dress rehearsal for Saturday's Wembley date with Chelsea and Gerrard continued: "We've got to beat Fulham first, we'll take each game as it comes and we want to go into the cup final in good form.

"We're excited, we've done really well in the cups this year and we deserve to be in the final but it would be silly and naive to focus on the final with league games to come."