Monday, 21 January 2013

Liverpool v Norwich

Liverpool looked to bounce back to winning ways with the hosting of Norwich and for the first time Sturridge and Suarez both started together, Jones deputised for Reina and Carragher started in place of Skrtel.

Liverpool started well and caused early pressure as Downing struck from distance and Sturridge tested Bunn after good exchanges with Suarez.

The breakthrough came in the 26th minute as Suarez attempted to outfox the Norwich defence and when held up the ball bounced nicely for Henderson to let fly with an expert half-volley which glided into the top corner to give the home side the lead.

The lead increased within ten minutes as Sturridge dummied a through pass from Lucas which allowed Suarez in on goal and saw him tap past Bunn for 2-0. Norwich needed more pressure and found it as Holt's volley came close after a frantic goal-mouth scramble but Wisdom prevented any further danger.

The second half saw the continuance of Liverpool's onslaught and the game seemed to be wrapped up on the hour mark as a slick passing exchange saw Henderson put in Downing down the right side and he hit a superb pass across goal for the oncoming Sturridge to tap home for his 3rd goal in as many games and in doing so became the first player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 and the seventh overall to achieve the feat. 

Gerrard hit an excellent fourth with arrowed shot from range in the 66th minute, the scoring finished with a Sterling cross being hit into his own net by defender Bennett 16 minutes from the end and ensured a comfortable win for Liverpool and sent them into seventh place only six points from the illustrious 'top 4'.

Next up is the trip to Oldham in the FA Cup fourth round a game which may see some of the stars rested with the massive trip to Arsenal a few days later.