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28 April 2012
• Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: M. Halsey
• Attendance: 26819
Right, time to wrap this bad boy up. You lot have been legends on Twitter as always, and you can continue to barrage me with your thoughts and opinions @Miles_Chambers long whenever you fancy. I hope you've enjoyed this play-play-play and stick around for the reaction to Liverpool's win over Norwich City and all the other Premier League results. Adios!
Suarez's third goal gets better and better with every re-watch. The strike was from over 50m apparently - not sure how many yards that is, but I think it's a lot!
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says Luis Suarez is "among the best in the world on his day" to ESPN Sport after the game after his three goals at Carrow Road. It's hard to argue against that statement to be honest.
Adeniyi Boluwatife, who I'm assuming is male or very anti-pregnancy, writes on Twitter: "I think there's more reason to play ugly now and win..Liverpool till i give birth."
Because Bolton bagged a point at the Stadium of Light earlier today it means Norwich City aren't mathematically safe from survival just yet. But, bloomin' heck, it'd be insane if they did suffer the drop back to the Championship.
Paul Lambert's Canaries, comparitively, stay in 13th with that loss at Carrow Road and will be eager to make amends for their recent string of losses with wins in their final two league games of the 2011-12 campaign.
His hat-trick this evening was his first for Liverpool and, although it didn't come in too important a game, it will be cherished nonetheless. Liverpool move back up into eighth with that win and keep the gap behind Everton in seventh at just two points with three games remaining for both Merseyside clubs.
Let me hear your reactions boys and girls! Message @Miles_Chambers on Twitter.
Full-time!! The game finishes Norwich 0-3 Liverpool and the match may as well have been branded The Luis Suarez show. His scored powerfully with his left foot for the first, accurately slotted home with his right and then, with eight minutes to go at Carrow Road, lobbed an effortless shot from nearly 50 yards from goal over the Canaries keeper to seal the win for the Reds this rainy evening in Norfolk.
Two minutes of stoppage time to play at Carrow Road, and two minutes of listening to 'You'll Never Walk Alone' being sang by the visiting fans.
Ryan Healey warns on Twitter: "It's never over for the opposition when liverpool are playing... Remember QPR?" I can't see Norwich doing a QPR with one minute remaining though!
Well this game is nicely wrapped up for Liverpool fans is it not? Norwich will be disappointed that momentary defensive lapses have cost them dearly, but such is the nature of the Premier League I'm afraid.
Sebastian Coates is on for Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt comes on for Steven Gerrard for Liverpool.
Suarez's hat-trick makes him the first Liverpool player to score three at Carrow Road since his manager Kenny Dalglish did in a 5-3 win to the Merseyside club in 1980. And what a first-class hat-trick it was from the Uruguayan.
Goal Luis Suárez
GOAL!! What a goal from Luis Suarez, what an incredible goal. 45-50 yards from goal out he receives the ball, takes a touch or two then magnificently lobs the ball over the helpless frame of John Ruddy for his and Liverpool's third. Norwich City 0-3 Liverpool!
Vaughan has a half-volley on the slant inside the box but Carragher plants his body brilliantly in the way.
Bradley Johnson, who hasn't had the greatest of games in midfield for the home side, fires a shot far too high from 35 yards and it doesn't even slightly trouble Reina in the Liverpool goalmouth.
Now it's Liverpool's turn to play the slow passing game. Holt is at hand to intercept the smooth possession and the move almost ends at his feet inside the box but the ball dribbles past him and out for a goal-kick to Kenny Dalglish's men.
Grant Holt replaces Steve Morison up front for the hosts. Can he give Norwich a lift or is the game already out the Canaries' reach?
Liverpool have taken a foot off the gas as Norwich maraud tentatively forward in numbers. Russell Martin's whipped cross is glanced wide off the head of Vaughan from 10 yards out in front of goal.
Nate predicted incorrectly on Twitter: "Epiphany, Gerrard or Suarez to hit home within the next 8 minutes." Nate, alas, was wrong with his prophecy. Any else care to make any predictions, or maybe just share your thoughts on this game? @Miles_Chambers is where to direct your Twittering tweets.
Steven Gerrard does a classy, flicked turn behind the halfway line and the move that follows culminates in a poor through-ball for Suarez from Glen Johnson.
Yellow Card Ryan Bennett
Bennett gets a yellow card this time for a cynical elbow to the body on Suarez. Another deserved booking for Lambert's side, who look visibly frustrated at the prospect of another loss at Carrow Road.
Suarez and Ryan Bennett have a bit of handbags on the halfway line but referee Mark Halsey waves play on as Liverpool attack on the break. Nothing comes from Steven Gerrard's low ball into the box as the Canaries clear though. Replays show the defender had the Reds striker in a headlock-of-sorts! Lucky to get away with a warning to be honest!
Yellow Card James Vaughan
James Vaughan is yellow carded for a rash and unnecessary tackle on Pepe Reina. Deserved.
Cleared off the line at the back post from a Liverpool corner at the back post! Wowzers, Norwich are pushing their luck here!
Very cheeky from Luis Suarez and, simultaneously, very silly. He nutmegs Norwich defender Ryan Bennett and tries to cheekily lob the onrushing Ruddy, but his chip drops way over the Canaries woodwork.
Vaughan, formerly a Everton striker prodigee but stuck with a career ravaged by knee injuries, is complaining to the referee after being penalised for a tug on the shirt of Carragher I believe.
James ponders on Twitter: "With liverpool playing start stop & Norwich without a single shot in the first half. Comfortable win for Liverpool." They've been a lot more threatening this half though haven't they? I wouldn't rule them out just yet!
Downing twists and turns and is starting to look more like he did for Aston Villa last season, forcing a save from Norwich keeper John Ruddy with an effort low to his right.
Elliott Bennett is enjoying his long-range shots this evening. This time he cannot direct the right-footed strike on target and it fizzes wide of Reina's goal.
Steve Morison has a pop on goal from the edge of the box but it deflects wide of Reina's right upright for a corner to the Canaries.
This is quite end-to-end stuff at Carrow Road, I promise, it's just that Norwich's attack aren't quite as effective or entertaining as Liverpool's. Stray passes sum up much of their forward-thinking action.
Shelvey slides in and misses the target from approximately two feet out from an open goal. Dear, oh dear. In all fairness the ball from Jose Enrique on the left wing took a minor bobble, but the shaking heads among his nearby Liverpool team-mates speaks voulmes.
Suarez dinks it back for Downing just inside the box but his shot is dire and loops way over the same bar that Shelvey struck 90 seconds earlier.
At the other end Liverpool hit the bar! Stewart Downing has acres of space on the right wing and dribbles into the box before pulling it back for Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has his feeble effort blocked before Jonjo Shelvey heads the loose ball onto the Canaries' crossbar. Liverpool are so close to 3-0 up!
Ouch! I feel for Pepe Reina's stinging fingers! Elliott Bennett fires a venomous shot to the right of the Liverpool goalkeeper, who pushes it wide for a Norwich corner.
Fun fact: Liverpool failed to score with 28 chances at Anfield in their 1-0 loss against West Brom last Saturday. Today, they have scored two of their four opportunities. A lot more clinical from the side who could jump up a place into eighth with a victory at Carrow Road.
The third corner into the barrage and it's a Liverpool goal-kick because the corner curled out before it entered the field of play again.
Norwich have a couple of corners and are providing some testing times for the visitors at the end where Suarez bagged a brace in the first half.
Norwich get the game back under way. One substitute: James Vaughan replaces David Fox as the home side switch to a 4-4-2. Paul Lambert loves his half-time changes, he does it every game it seems!
Nate predicts on Twitter: "I can see liverpool having more good moments in the second half, my prediction is 4-2 with liverpool winning." My poor, typing fingers will be distraught at such a prediction but I hope you're right Nate!
Remember, Liverpool still have Fulham to play at Anfield on Tuesday before their FA Cup final next Saturday, so the momentum from this match won't filter straight into the Wembley clash - though I'm sure it won't do any harm either!
I've just been asked why Bet 365 is called Bet 365. Suffice to say I gave that guy a long, hard stare until it dawned on him how many days there are in the day. Speaking of betting, I wouldn't bet against Liverpool going on the goalfest that many of you are predicting on Twitter (@Miles_Chambers for those who want to join in but haven't yet). The Canaries were 2-0 down at half-time in their 6-1 loss at Carrow Road to Manchester City two weekends ago, for the record.
Will predicts on Twitter: "I can see a Norwich fightback in second half - a close 2-1 to the reds final score!"
Arhewoh Ose Alec predicts on Twitter: "I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict a 5-0 victory for Liverpool..."
Jellinho predicts on Twitter: "The game will end 5-1 in favour of Liverpool. Mark my words."
Let the world hear you half-time thoughts boys and girls! @Miles_Chambers is where to direct your tweets on the ol' Twittersphere!
Half-time and it's Norwich City 0-2 Liverpool. Luis Suarez bagged both the goals for the Reds, the first from the left with his left-foot and the second from the right on his, yep, you guessed it, right-foot. Steven Gerrard has been in imperious form in the visitors' midfield but Paul Lambert's men have plenty of fight left in them for the latter 45 minutes.
45' + 2'
Yellow Card Jonny Howson
45' + 2'
Elliott Bennett goes down from Bellamy's tackle 40 yards from goal. The free-kick is too deep from the right and Gerrard collects and sprints past Howson. Howson isn't best pleased though and clips his ankles as he passes him. The referee isn't a happy chappy either and the former Leeds United man gets a booking for the "tackle".
45' + 1'
Two minutes of stoppage time, just after Suarez is adjudged to be offside - the assistant referee's made a bit of a boo-boo though as the Liverpool forward had timed his run perfectly from the halfway-line.
Liverpool are content to play out the remainder of the first half and are passing the ball about comfortably in their own half.
Bellamy and Gerrard have a lengthy discussion about who will take the free-kick, and Bellamy wins. But he shoots, and he skies it. Canaries goal-kick.
Yellow Card Elliot Ward
The cameras inside the stadium seem obsessed with finding fans chowing down on some pack-lunch, it's all quite bizarre! Meanwhile, on the pitch and away from the hungry stands, Elliott Ward receives the first yellow card of the match for a wayward tackle on Suarez midway into Norwich's half.
Grant Holt and James Vaughan are having a giggle on the touchline as the subs keep themselves warm. I'm thinking Norwich's number 9 is the Carrow Road gossip queen...
The Canaries defence is all over the place at the moment. Suarez should control a ball back into the area from Johnson but it skids away from him and Ruddy turns it behind for another Liverpool corner. We've had quite a few in the last fifteen minutes although none have led to anything significant.
Johnson is raining havoc on Liverpool's right flank. Suarez goes down easily in the Norwich box and the home fans get a well-taken opportunity to vent their displeasure at today's goalscorer.
Howson holds the ball up nicely in the Reds' half but his pass for the on-running Pilkington hit the legs of Carragher and was swiftly cleared.
NoahGoesChooChoo predicts on Twitter: "Liverpool will win 3-1! That's my prediction, they're performing extremely well now!"
Bellamy wants a free-kick on the left wing for Liverpool but instead a throw-in to the hosts is given by referee Mark Halsey, who correctly noticed that the Welsh winger had taken the ball out of play because he tumbled to the floor in a challenge.
So, Liverpool two goals ahead a third of the way into the game. Can you see the Merseyside club winning the game comfortably? Let me know @Miles_Chambers on Twitter, and I'll keep you informed at this end!
An excellent burst of attacking play from the Reds in these last few minutes. Can they keep it up or will they slow down, or even falter and let the Canaries back into the game?
Goal Luis Suárez
GOAL!! Well, well, well, Luis Suarez bags a two goals in four minutes! The Uruguay international intercepts Elliott Ward on the right and charges into the box, firing a precise and low shot past Ruddy and into the bottom left-hand corner. Norwich City 0-2 Liverpool!
Gerrard and Suarez combine again, but this time it's the England captain who has a shot on goal, after his striker team-mate qiggled through the back-four on the right flank. His diagonal pass back into the box cannoned off a Norwich body for a Liverpool corner. Nice play.
Ammar Shakeel predicts on Twitter: "The game will end 2-2! Although Liverpool have higher chance of winning!!"
The home fans look decidedly more grumpy now, I can't fathom why. Luis Suarez, on the other hand, hears his name echo around the groun courtesy of the jubilant visiting fans.
Assist Steven Gerrard
Goal Luis Suárez
GOAL!! See, I told you it was the quiet ones haha! Luis Suarez is dinked through into the box by an outside-of-the-boot pass from his skipper Gerrard, and the Uruguayan hammers into the top right-hand corner with his left-foot. Norwich City 0-1 Liverpool!
Agger belts substitute right-back Martin's cross out for a throw-in with fiercesome power. That's about all I have to share with you just now, but stand-by, it's the quiet ones that sneak up on tyou and coax out a blinding game (or so I hope...).
Visiting fans chant "Dalglish!" over and over again in the absence of any interesting football in East Anglia at the moment. Norwich fans are in good voice too but I suspect a home goal might brighten this grey and windy day somewhat.
Steven Gerrard, Bellamy and Shelvey share some crisp passing play in the centre of midfield but Jonny Howson intercepts and clears for Norwich City.
We have a sneaky bit of action at Carrow Road! Bellamy bobbles a cross into the Norwich box - after escaping the offside trap - from the left but a shot isn't wiggled away to any extent by his Reds team-mates.
I'll take advantage of this lull in play to remind you that you can contact me on Twitter @Miles_Chambers should you fancy commenting on how you think this game will pan out. Don't be shy guys and girls.
The free-kick near the right corner flag is cleared with ease by the visiting defence. Poor set-piece from the Canaries in all honesty.
Jordan Henderson if fuming like a steam-train when he is penalised for a challenge on Norwich right-winger Elliott Bennet. Replays indicate Bennett slipped alongside the tiniest touch.
Slide tackles are a common sight this afterrnoon but that's more because of the conditions than a feisty atmosphere. Both sides are continually sturggling to foster a clear-cut chance.
Glen Johnson made his senior debut here while on loan at Millwall in the distant past of the England right-back. The opposition right-back, Kyle Naughton, swaps to left-back when Russell Martin comes on to replace the injured Drury. And this just seconds after a well-timed slide-tackle on Craig Bellamy which drew applause from across Carrow Road.
A sublime sliding block from Jamie Carragher prevents Anthony Pilkington from slotting cross low from the left to the back post on the counter-attack. Norwich may currently be a man down but they are still showing plenty of threat!
Adam Drury has gone down in a writhing fashion after colliding with Luis Suarez on the halfway line. Replays show it was coincidence that Suarez was in the vicinity though, as the Norwich defender injured his groin without any contact from the Liverpool striker. He's had to go off with injury already, sadly.
As is tradition whenever I've seen Norwich at home this season, there is plenty of passing from both sides with no clear early advantage. I watched their most recent home game in fact, when Manchester City trounced them 6-1, and the hosts looked the team more likely for much of the first half. So don't let the early knockabouts fool you!
Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy rushes out to intercept Luis Suarez before he controls a through-ball on the edge of the box. Shelvey tries to retaliate quickly with a shot but the ball gets stuck under his feet before he can fire anything on the Norwich goal.
Players are slipping and sliding all over the pitch - it appears the rain has made one calamitous surface this afternoon/evening.
Daniel Agger hoofs it clear for Liverpool 40 yards from his own goal. Martin Skrtel, his regular centre-back partner this season, is rested for today's match with Jamie Carragher brought into the visitors' defence.
Norwich City midfielder David Fox stoops low and collides with Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey's boot and requires a bit of head-patting from the physio before he gets back up and play continues.
Mark Halsey, refereeing today’s match, gets the game underway with a Liverpool kick-off.
I don't make predictions in these play-by-plays, but I do hope we get a match as defence-less like the majority of Premier League games have had today! A goals-galore score-draw wouldn't surprise me.
What say you as kick-off looms in the friendliest possible manner? Tweet @Miles_Chambers what score you see this game finishing. The players are just about to enter the pitch. Ominous, epic music is blaring out the Carrow Road sound system.
I cannot see this match equalling Swansea City 4-4 Wolves in the insanity stakes, nor Wigan Athletic 4-0 Newcastle United in the surprise stakes, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some juicy action nonetheless. Other Premier League games this afternoon finished Stoke City 1-1 Arsenal, Everton 4-0 Fulham, Sunderland 2-2 Bolton Wanders and (the bore draw of the day) West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Aston Villa.
Kenny Dalglish, talking to ESPN Sport before the game, said: "I've always gone on the premise that the next game is the most important." But the Scotsman does admit that the FA Cup final is impossible to not think about. As for Andy Carroll's absence, he adds: "Just a precaution," and acts coy on exactly what injury the England striker may or may not have. So he's probably fine boys and girls but he's just having a nice snooze this afternoon with two more games in the next 7 days.
Should Grant Holt be heading to Euro 2012 with the England squad? A team chosen on form alone would surely include the former non-league player but many people are snooty about the idea of picking him ahead of the likes of Daniel Sturridge. In my opinion - if Darren Bent cannot regain full fitness and with Wayne Rooney banned for the first two group games - Holt should have a guaranteed position on the plane to Poland!
Norwich City, on the other hand, have had one heck of a season. It’s not been anything spectacular and there has been an alarmingly low amount of drunken Delia Smith, but it’s been solid. Paul Lambert won’t be preparing for a second year in the top flight just yet though, and the prospect of going level on points with Liverpool with a triumph at Carrow Road this evening is an enticing one. A mate of mine always says that the only team who can get away with wearing yellow are Brazil, but maybe he’ll let the Canaries off after a season to be proud of in Norfolk.
“But wait Miles!” I hear you cry, “What about the two cup finals Kenny Dalglish has taken his Liverpool team to this season?” Admittedly, the Reds have been fantastic in domestic competitions. Their penalty shoot-out victory over Cardiff City in the League Cup final was probably my Match of the Season so far (though Chelsea’s unfathomable draw at Barcelona and Everton’s 4-4 draw at Manchester United last weekend were just as jaw-droppingly entertaining), and a win in the FA Cup final over Roberto Di Matteo’s men would be a huge weight off the Scottish manager’s shoulder. But I bet Liverpool fans were hoping for Champions League football this season and finishing mid-table is unlikely to help attract big-name players this summer to change that.
Poor King Kenny. It seems as though his kingdom has taken a bit of a battering since the turn of 2012 and ninth place - where the Reds currently sit - is not remotely near where Dalglish will have wanted to finish at the start of the 2011-12 campaign. A loss against Norwich City will endanger a top ten finish, and what a disastrous climax that would be for the proud Anfield club.
Now that the line-ups are out there you can have your thoughts broadcast to the world by tweeting @Miles_Chambers on Twitter. Those of you with interesting ideas or controversial comments could see your name in lights (and by lights, I mean virtual ink) on this very page. It’s exciting stuff, I assure you - I’m glad none of you witness how giddy I get every time I write my own name, it’s embarrassing...
Liverpool also make five changes for their visit to Carrow Road. Andy Carroll is removed as the Reds revert to a 4-5-1 of sorts, as are Maxi Rodriguez, Martin Skrtel, Jay Spearing and Dirk Kuyt. They are replaced by Anfield icon Jamie Carragher, club captain Steven Gerrard, out-of-form Stewart Downing, hot prospect Jonjo Shelvey and hot-head Craig Bellamy. Kenny Dalglish hoping an alternate line-up can give the Merseyside team an alternate result to their 1-0 home loss against West Bromwich Albion last weekend!
Five changes for the Canaries, the most notable being Grant Holt's removal from the starting line-up in place of Wales international Steve Morison. In defence, Kyle Naughton comes into the side for Russell Martin while a revamped midfield sees James Vaughan, Wes Hoolahan and Andrew Surman budged onto the bench for Anthony Pilkington, David Fox and Bradley Johnson. Change ahoy from Paul Lambert's men then!
Liverpool: Reina; Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Enrique; Bellamy, Henderson, Gerrard, Shelvey, Downing; Suarez. Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Kelly, Skrtel.
Norwich City: Ruddy; Naughton, Ward, Ryan Bennett, Drury; Elliott Bennett, Fox, Howson, Johnson, Pilkington; Morison. Subs: Steer, Martin, Surman, Hoolahan, Vaughan, Holt, Wilbraham.
The team line-ups with be with you quicker than you can say “Red lorry, yellow lolly” at speed ten times in a row. Nah, I’m not so mean as to deprive you of them FOREVER. Honestly, I can’t say that tongue twister more than three times without spluttering like a fish out of water.
Hello and welcome to this afternoon’s play-by-play of Norwich City v Liverpool. You and I have already been treated to a tasty Premier League buffet; hopefully this will be the delightful dessert and just unwanted leftovers. I’m Miles Chambers and I’ll hold every one of your hands (in a non-weird way) for the entirety of this upcoming match.
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