Norwich 2-5 Liverpool – Performance Gets Result It Deserves

 

By Jonathan Carroll

Liverpool strolled to victory at Carrow Road following a comprehensive display against Norwich on Saturday. The pass and move that was evident in previous games but never seemed to have a finishing touch to it was duly corrected by tormentor in chief Luis Suarez.

The Uruguayan scored a hat-trick at Carrow Road for the second successive year and this one was no less impressive than the first. A smart strike with his right foot was followed up by a goal he created himself. After robbing Michael Turner of possession at the top of the eighteen yard box, Suarez turned and finished with the outside of his right foot. Before finishing off his scoring for the day, Suarez also had the composure to set up Nuri Sahin who tapped home from five yards. The hat-trick was complete on fifty-seven minutes with a curling effort into the right hand bottom corner of John Ruddy’s goal.

 

Steven Gerrard later added a fifth via a deflection following good movement from the ever impressive seventeen year old Raheem Sterling. Steve Morison and Grant Holt were on the score sheet for the Canaries. This was a game Luis Suarez stamped his mark all over. It was also a game in which Jesus “Suso” Fernandez started for the first time in the Premier League replacing Fabio Borini and looked very comfortable in the Brendan Rodgers pass and move system. It will be vitally important that the Spaniards contract isn’t allowed to run down as it is already in its final year. The lack of purchases in the summer transfer window have allowed Suso and other players like Andre Wisdom and co from the reserves to try to make an impression in the first team.

 

Worryingly enough Norwich scored two goals following some questionable defending. Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger look comfortable beside each other in the centre of defense but Skrtel was at fault for Norwich’s second goal. Glen Johnson has made a cameo at the left back position while Andre Wisdom replaced the injured Martin Kelly at right back. If Liverpool can shore up their back four and become stingy then there will be room to allow the Rodgers system to grow without being under increased pressure.

 

Previously the pass and move witnessed in Liverpool games prior to yesterday was of the same calibre. The only difference between the game against Norwich and the other league games is that Liverpool were more clinical on the day. Nuri Sahin seems to have found his feet with three goals in his last two games and with Suso at the heart of creativity it allows Suarez to get on the end of finishing chances. The Uruguayan will also create but the need for a dependable goal scorer is obvious. Midfielders chipping in with a contribution over the course of the season would obviously help out but it remains to be seen whether that will happen.

 

Overall Liverpool passed Norwich off the park on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers should be happy with how his team are progressing and especially with the impact of the younger players. A higher points total would have been a better return for the football played but a transformation like this takes time.

 

Match Statistics

    Norwich                                      Liverpool

Possession             50%                                                   50%

Shots                       10                                                      10

Shots on target         7                                                        6

Corners                    5                                                        5

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy – 5
  • 02 R Martin – 5
  • 06 Turner – 4
  • 18 Garrido – 5
  • 20 Barnett – 5 (Booked)
  • 04 Johnson – 5
  • 08 Howson – 6
  • 11 Surman – 5 (Hoolahan – 55′ )
  • 07 Snodgrass – 5
  • 10 Jackson – 5 (Holt – 46′ ) – 6
  • 16 Morison – 6 (Tettey – 79′ )

Substitutes

  • 28 Bunn
  • 23 Tierney
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 17 E Bennett
  • 27 Tettey
  • 09 Holt

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 6 (Carragher – 77′ )
  • 05 Agger – 7
  • 37 Skrtel – 5
  • 47 Wisdom – 6
  • 04 Sahin – 7 (Henderson – 66′ )
  • 08 Gerrard – 7
  • 24 Allen – 8
  • 31 Sterling – 7
  • 07 Suarez – 9
  • 30 Suso – 8 (Assaidi – 59′ ) – 6

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 16 Coates
  • 23 Carragher
  • 14 Henderson
  • 19 Downing
  • 11 Assaidi
  • 29 Borini
Referee: Jones
Attendance: 26,831
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