Norwich 2-3 Liverpool – Another Step Taken

 

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By Jonathan Carroll

The build up to Norwich away was all about taking the same intensity from the Manchester City game and applying it to the lowly canaries. Realistically that was always going to be a big ask seeing as the emotional and physical drain that the previous Sunday must have taken out of Brendan Rodgers and his team. Norwich did play their part in making life more than difficult however.

 

This was a game in which Raheem Sterling once again showed skill and tactical awareness beyond his years. First of all rasping a powerful shot past John Ruddy from twenty-five yards and then sublimely setting up Luis Suarez with an accurately measured pass that even Lionel Messi would have been proud of. Liverpool were two nil up and didn’t seem too phased by what Norwich were throwing at them.

 

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After half time Steven Gerrard and co sat a lot deeper and invited pressure onto the back four. A lofted cross was missed by Simon Mignolet and Gary Hooper duly tapped home to pull one back for Norwich. Liverpool were now being tested. Carrow Road was lifted and in full voice, there were a few nervy touches from players in red and the home team didn’t hesitate in pumping balls into the Liverpool penalty area.

 

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Raheem Sterling intercepted a pass at midfield and dribbled past two defenders before his deflected shot looped over John Ruddy to put the reds 3-1 up and in a commanding position. It was a fortunate finish but a run of real endeavor that deserved a goal. If Sterling had missed, the waiting Suarez may well have been entitled to have a quiet word in his ear. Norwich were not to be outdone as Gary Hooper easily beat Jon Flanagan in the air at the back post to head home another cross.

 

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Liverpool held on for a very important three points. Next Sunday sees Jose Mourinho and Chelsea visit Anfield in what loos like it could be a title decider. With Brendan Rodgers’ team sitting five points ahead, a win on Sunday for Liverpool could see them go into their last two games knowing that they are in control of their own destiny. Mourinho has threatened to play a “weakened” team. Hardly any weak players in that vast Chelsea squad but the not so special one will play it up like his team are the Premier League version of Kidderminster Harriers when they come to Anfield. Liverpool will do well to focus on only themselves as the circus swirls around Mourinho and his attempt at playing mind games.

 

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Norwich City

01 Ruddy
03 Whittaker
23 Olsson
04 Johnson
02 Martin
06 Turner Booked
10 Fer (Murphy – 78′ )
07 Snodgrass (Booked)
22 Redmond
11 Hooper (van Wolfswinkel – 78′ )
08 Howson (Booked)

Substitutes
09 van Wolfswinkel
13 Bunn
15 Gutiérrez
18 Garrido
24 R Bennett
27 Tettey
31 Murphy

Liverpool

22 Mignolet
02 Johnson
38 Flanagan (Booked)
08 Gerrard
37 Skrtel (Booked)
17 Sakho
24 Allen (Agger – 81′ )
21 Lucas
07 Suarez
31 Sterling
10 Coutinho (Moses – 76′ )

Substitutes
01 Jones
04 Kolo Touré
05 Agger
06 Luis Alberto
09 Iago Aspas
12 Moses
20 Cissokho

Referee: Andre Marriner
Attendance: 26,857

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