Norwich 0-3 Liverpool – Suarez Warms Up for Wembley

By Jonathan Carroll.

Luis Suarez stole the show at Carrow Road with a fantastic hat-trick with just a week to go before his Liverpool side meet Chelsea in the FA Cup Final at Wembley. Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish rested Martin Skrtel and tried Jonjo Shelvey and Steven Gerrard in midfield. It’s difficult to say what Dalglish’s Wembley team will be with players like Andy Carroll, Maxi Rodriguez and Dirk Kuyt on the bench. Whether or not they were being rested remains to be seen.

Norwich started off quite lively looking to get in behind Glen Johnson at right back which ensured Jamie Carragher was called into action to cut off any potential danger. The veteran center back has been at fault in some high-profile games this season but his ability to read the game is second to none as well as his willingness to put his body on the line to block shots. Carragher may not be able to keep up with the speedsters of the Premier League but the youngsters at Liverpool could do a lot worse than learn from him in training.

High pressure from Steven Gerrard dispossessed David Fox and then played Suarez in first time who finished with a sublime left footed strike. Four minutes later and Suarez doubled his tally with a driven right foot shot low into the bottom left hand corner. The best was yet to come from the Uruguayan striker however.

A long clearance by Glen Johnson found Suarez on the half way line and following his first touch he launched an audacious lob from fifty-five yards over Norwich keeper John Ruddy. The traveling Kop celebrated a moment of pure genius from a player with absolute natural talent, who sometimes makes the easy look difficult and the difficult look too easy. Suarez is the joker in the pack, liable to create something out of nothing when the odds are stacked against him.

This was an improved Liverpool performance following a depressing loss at home to West Brom. In the 4-2-3-1 deplyed by Dalglish yesterday, Liverpool looked most comfortable. Shelvey and Gerrard were interchangable throughout and Jordan Henderson gave a steady if not spectacular performance. Stewart Downing  worked hard without ever really catching the eye. On the opposite wing Craig Bellamy was a constant thorn in Norwich’s side with his explosive pace and combinations with Jose Enrique on the wing.

Gerrard’s willingness to get forward looked more like the Gerrard of old, supporting the striker at every opportunity much like the Torres/Gerrard combination of 2009. Suarez received some much needed help when on the ball and this combination with Gerrard may be what he needs. What of Andy Carroll? Does Dalglish bring back Jay Spearing and Carroll for the Chelsea game or go with Shelvey and Henderson as the two behind the three in midfield instead of one defensive midfielder whose passing is limited compared to Shelveys.

Liverpool play Fulham at Anfield on Tuesday, May 1st in their last game before they make the trip to Wembley once more in search of silverware. There they will face a Chelsea team on form in what promises to be a great match up.

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 03 Drury (R Martin – 12′ )
  • 22 Ward Booked
  • 25 Naughton
  • 33 R Bennett Booked
  • 04 Johnson
  • 12 Pilkington
  • 15 Fox (Vaughan – 46′ Booked )
  • 17 E Bennett
  • 24 Howson Booked
  • 05 Morison (Holt – 76′ )

Substitutes

  • 31 Steer
  • 02 R Martin
  • 11 Surman
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 08 Vaughan
  • 09 Holt
  • 21 Wilbraham

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 23 Carragher
  • 08 Gerrard (Coates – 85′ )
  • 14 Henderson
  • 19 Downing
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 07 Suarez (Kuyt – 85′ )
  • 39 Bellamy

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni
  • 16 Coates
  • 34 Kelly
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 11 Maxi
  • 20 Spearing
  • 18 Kuyt
Referee:  Mark Halsey
Attendance: 26,819

Match Statistics

Norwich                                 Liverpool

Possession                39%                                       61%

Shots                           8                                            15

Shots on Target          3                                             9

Corners                       5                                             7

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About Jonathan Carroll

I’m a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Born and bred in Ireland I played Gaelic football and soccer while growing up and attended the prestigious Colaiste Ide in Dublin to prepare for a soccer scholarship to the USA. I played soccer at Thomas University in Georgia and was made team captain in my junior and senior years. I was honored to become an All-American in those same years. I graduated in 2007 and coached high school and collegiate level soccer programs incorporating year round strength and conditioning techniques with great success. I moved to Boston in 2011 and went on to work at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. I am currently the head strength and conditioning coach for the Boston Wolfe Tones Gaelic football team. Qualifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach FMS Certified United States Soccer Federation “D” License Football Association of Ireland Certified

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