sport
  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,901
LiverpoolLiverpoolvNorwichNorwich
5
  • Henderson, 26
  • Suárez, 36
  • Sturridge, 59
  • Gerrard, 66
  • Ryan Bennett, og 74
0

live commentary

90 mins:FULL TIME: LIVERPOOL 5-0 NORWICH CITY.

89 mins:The home defeat less than a month ago to Aston Villa seems an age away for Liverpool fans now.

87 mins:Chris Hughton opts to bring Anthony Pilkington on for Snodgrass.

85 mins:Suarez narrowly fails to find substitute Borini but Liverpool are in no mood to let up just yet in their search for a sixth goal

82 mins:Snodgrass picks up a late yellow card for the hapless visitors.

80 mins:The Canaries must be sick of the sight of Liverpool after being beaten 5-2 by the Reds at Carrow Road earlier this season.

76 mins:Liverpool make a third and final change as Allen comes on for Henderson.

74 mins:LIVERPOOL 5-0 NORWICH CITY. Sterling's shot deflects off RYAN BENNETT and into the back of the net.

72 mins:Liverpool are showing no sign of easing off as they remain on the hunt for more goals.

69 mins:Sturridge also makes way for Fabio Borini.

68 mins:With the match won, Liverpool bring Raheem Sterling on for Lucas.

66 mins:LIVERPOOl 4-0 NORWICH CITY. GERRARD's thunderbolt is too good for Bunn.

65 mins:Norwich win a free-kick but no-one can get on the end of Snodgrass' dangerous ball in.

64 mins:Norwich bring Wes Hoolahan on for Elliott Bennett.

63 mins:That's three goals in three matches for Sturridge, who has been very quiet today - apart from scoring.

61 mins:Norwich are a rabble now while Liverpool are rampant.

59 mins:LIVERPOOl 3-0 NORWICH CITY. Downing's cross is turned into an empty net from two yards out by STURRIDGE.

56 mins:Downing lashes a shot wide when he should really have done better.

54 mins:It seems as though a third Liverpool goal is imminent.

52 mins:Andre Wisdom is way off-target with a left-footed shot after he had been set up by Gerrard's pinpont cross-field pass.

50 mins:Norwich survive a lengthy spell of Liverpool pressure after a great Johnson run had put them on the rack.

48 mins:If today's match is anything to go by, Liverpool could still challenge for a top-four spot this season and Norwich may yet have a relegation battle on their hands.

46 mins:Liverpool get the second-half action underway.

45 mins:HALF TIME: LIVERPOOL 2-0 NORWICH CITY.

43 mins:Liverpool deserve their two-goal lead, they've been by far the better team since an even first 15 minutes.

41 mins:Johnson trips Snodgrass and is booked.

41 mins:The Reds are playing some good stuff now as Glen Johnson fires an ambitious effort wide.

38 mins:After starting brightly, the Canaries are really up against it now.

36 mins:LIVERPOOL 2-0 NORWICH CITY. Sturridge dummies the ball which allows SUAREZ to bury his shot past Bunn.

35 mins:Grant Holt gets back to defend a Liverpool corner but the Canaries will be pleased to go into the break only one goal adrift as Henderson tries his luck with another long-range effort that Bunn gathers.

33 mins:It's all Liverpool now as they threaten to double their lead before the break.

30 mins:Norwich seem a little shell-shocked as they are giving possession away at regular intervals now.

26 mins:LIVERPOOL 1-0 NORWICH CITY. Suarez seems to have dwelt on the ball for too long but it breaks to HENDERSON who sends a superb shot past Mark Bunn.

26 mins:No Liverpool player is prepared to gamble as a dangerous ball is played into the six-yard area. Suarez has been kept very quiet so far.

24 mins:A quarter of the match gone and it looks set to be another afternoon of Anfield struggle for Liverpool.

22 mins:Alexander Tettey is fortunate to escape a booking after bringing down Downing.

20 mins:Gerrard tries his luck again but this time he drags his shot wide.

18 mins:Snodgrass closes Steven Gerrard down well just as the veteran midfielder was about to fire in a shot.

16 mins:Norwich don't look like a side in poor form - they've started well.

14 mins:Lucas finds Downing but Javier Garrido is quick to tackle the Liverpool winger.

12 mins:It's been a scrappy start to the match although both sides have created one excellent chance each.

10 mins:Downing has made a very lively start to the match although Elliott Bennett stops him on this occasion.

7 mins:Norwich win a free-kick and from Robert Snodgrass' delivery Ryan Bennett heads straight at Jones - could easily be 1-0 to the visitors.

5 mins:Downing should really open the scoring, but he heads Luis Suarez's pinpoint cross wide.

3 mins:Michael Turner is quick to snuff out any early danger as Sturridge miscontrols a ball in from Stewart Downing.

1 mins:We're underway at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers has made four changes to his Liverpoool starting line-up with Brad Jones, Jamie Carragher, Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge coming in for Pepe Reina, Raheem Sterling, Martin Skrtel and Joe Allen.

Chris Hughton also makes four changes to his Norwich side with Ryan Bennett, Elliott Bennett, Jonathan Howson and Grant Holt replacing Sebastien Bassong, Anthony Pilkington, Wes Hoolahan and Simeon Jackson.

Liverpool aim to complete the double over a Norwich City side they beat 5-2 at Carrow Road in September.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 19 January 2013, 3:00pm
  • Anfield
  • Attendance: 44,901
LiverpoolLiverpoolvNorwichNorwich
5
  • Henderson, 26
  • Suárez, 36
  • Sturridge, 59
  • Gerrard, 66
  • Ryan Bennett, og 74
0

match report

Daniel Sturidge scored for a third straight game as Liverpool showed their cutting edge with a thumping 5-0 victory over Norwich City at Anfield.

Jordan Henderson broke the deadlock in style in the 26th minute and Suarez doubled Liverpool's lead 10 minutes later to extend his record against Norwich to seven goals in three games.

Sturridge made it 3-0 after the interval before Steven Gerrard added a fourth, while there was also a Ryan Bennett own goal as the Reds moved closer to the European places and left Norwich without a win in six games.

Sturridge was brought into the starting line-up after scoring as a substitute in last weekend's loss to Manchester United, and he looked eager to impress as Liverpool began brightly.

Stewart Downing looped a header over the crossbar at the back post following good work by Suarez, while Mark Bunn made a comfortable save from Sturridge's low 12-yard effort when the new Reds striker could perhaps have played in Glen Johnson.

It was Norwich who carved out the best chance of the opening 20 minutes from a simple set-piece as Robert Snodgrass floated in a free-kick and an unmarked Bennett headed tamely at Brad Jones, starting in place of the injured Pepe Reina, when he really should have scored.

Liverpool continued to boss possession but were finding it difficult to break down an organised Norwich side, until Henderson conjured up something special when he pounced on a loose ball outside the area and smashed a powerful first-time strike into the top corner.

Full of confidence, Henderson attempted an even more ambitious volley from further out which stung the palms of Bunn, but it was a more subtle piece of play which led to Liverpool's second.

Sturridge deliberately let a Lucas Leiva pass from deep go between his legs, bamboozling the Canaries defence and allowing Suarez the freedom to race through on goal and tuck a calm finish into the bottom corner.

Grant Holt had a shot from a tight angle blocked by Andre Wisdom but there was little for the visiting fans to get excited about as Liverpool ended the first half in complete control, with Sturridge and Suarez showing glimpses of an effective partnership.

Liverpool full-backs Johnson and Wisdom had good attacking moments in the early stages of the second period, while the lively Downing also drilled a fierce effort narrowly wide from distance.

Sturridge then got his name on the score sheet for a third successive game since making the move to Anfield, tapping in from close range just before the hour mark following an excellent right-wing cross by Downing.

Captain Gerrard fired in a trademark fourth on 66 minutes with a fine strike from 25 yards which arrowed into the bottom corner, and Norwich's misery was compounded eight minutes later when Bennett got the final touch to a shot by substitute Raheem Sterling.

team line-up

1Bradley Jones
2Glen Johnson
23Jamie Carragher
47Andre Wisdom
5Daniel Agger
7Luis Suárez
8Steven Gerrard
21Lucas Leiva69
19Stewart Downing
14Jordan Henderson77
15Daniel Sturridge69

substitutes

33Jonjo Shelvey
31Raheem Sterling69
37Martin Skrtel
42Peter Gulacsi
49Jack Robinson
29Fabio Borini69
24Joe Allen77

referee

Michael Oliver

team line-up

28Mark Bunn
18Javier Garrido
24Ryan Bennett
2Russell Martin
6Michael Turner
4Bradley Johnson
17Elliott Bennett65
27Alexander Tettey
7Robert Snodgrass86
9Grant Holt
8Jonathan Howson

substitutes

10Simeon Jackson
23Marc Tierney
32Harry Kane
20Leon Barnett
13Declan Rudd
12Anthony Pilkington86
14Wes Hoolahan65

referee

Michael Oliver

match stats

possession %6732
shots on target91
shots off target71
corners94
tackles won917
offsides21