Liverpool 5-0 Norwich – New SAS Destroys Canaries

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By Jonathan Carroll

Liverpool responded in comprehensive fashion following their defeat at Old Trafford to trounce visiting Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday. Brendan Rodgers saw his side put five past the hapless Canaries. Liverpool now sit six points behind Tottenham Hotspur in fourth place with games coming up against Arsenal and Manchester City away from home in the league. The test of beating a top ten team will once again become the focus for Rodgers. 

Luis Suarez was once more the thorn in Norwich’s side as he tormented their defenders all afternoon long. Receiving the ball at one point on the end line to a chorus of boos from the away section, Suarez turned on a ha’penny and almost set up Daniel Sturridge with his pull back. Indeed the new partnership, duly christened “The New SAS” by Gary Lineker on Match of the Day, much to the disgust of Alan Shearer was impressive all game long.

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The ever improving Jordan Henderson opened the scoring with a fantastic half volley and this was as much as the midfielder has deserved for his recent improvement. Sturridge’s smart dummy set Suarez in on goal and the finish was sublime from the left foot of the Uruguayan. The inter play and almost telepathic connection between Sturridge and Suarez bodes well for the future and indeed the stiffer tests ahead in the league.

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Stewart Downing’s first time cross off his right foot was inch perfect for Sturrdige to tap home and make it three nil. Sturridge has now scored three goals in his first three Liverpool games, the first player to do so since Ray Kennedy in 1974. Steven Gerrard’s long ranger made it four nil before Raheem Sterlings cross was turned into his own net by Ryan Bennett to complete the scoring at the Kop end.

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All in all a satisfactory performance from the reds. The momentum must now be carried forward to the next league game away to Arsenal on Wednesday January 30th after the Oldham Athletic game in the FA Cup next weekend. If Rodgers can get three points at the Emirates then there will be real signs of improvement and real hope that the right strides are being made. Who knows, even with the addition of one or two more players who would suit playing in the Rodgers system, Liverpool may even compete for a top five spot. A top four finish this year would be over achieving.

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Match Statistics

Liverpool                              Norwich

Possession                             60%                                       40%

Shots                                       17                                           5

Shots on Target                       10                                           3

Corners                                   10                                           4

Liverpool

  • 01 Jones – 6
  • 02 Johnson – 7 (Booked)
  • 05 Agger – 7
  • 23 Carragher – 8
  • 47 Wisdom – 6
  • 08 Gerrard – 7
  • 14 Henderson – 7 (Allen – 77′ )
  • 19 Downing – 7
  • 21 Lucas – 8 (Sterling – 68′ )
  • 07 Suarez – 9
  • 15 Sturridge – 8 (Borini – 69′ )

Substitutes

  • 42 Gulacsi
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 49 Robinson
  • 24 Allen
  • 31 Sterling
  • 33 Shelvey
  • 29 Borini

Norwich City

  • 28 Bunn – 5
  • 02 R Martin – 5
  • 06 Turner – 4
  • 18 Garrido – 5
  • 24 R Bennett – 4
  • 04 Johnson – 5
  • 07 Snodgrass – 5 (Booked) (Pilkington – 86′ )
  • 08 Howson – 5
  • 17 E Bennett – 5 (Hoolahan – 65′ )
  • 27 Tettey – 5
  • 09 Holt – 4

Substitutes

  • 13 Rudd
  • 20 Barnett
  • 23 Tierney
  • 12 Pilkington
  • 14 Hoolahan
  • 10 Jackson
  • 37 Kane
Referee: Oliver
Attendance: 44,901
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