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January 19, 2013
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: M. Oliver
• Attendance: 44901
J. Henderson 26'
L. Suárez 36'
D. Sturridge 59'
S. Gerrard 66'
R. Bennett 74' (own goal)
Thank you for tuning in afternoon for Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from Anfield. Join us again as we bring you the latest action from all the biggest games across Europe. Until then I've been Theo Squires, thank you and goodnight.
Norwich 's winless run meanwhile extends to six as they drop down to 13th. They can have no complaints today. They were poor throughout, and apart from an early header, they offered nothing in attack, in stark contrast to Liverpool.
Liverpool move up to seventh as they go level on points with Arsenal. The Gunners have two games in hand, but with the Reds hosting Arsene Wenger's side in their next league outing, that makes an intriguing battle even more interesting.
The full-time whistle and Liverpool are the deserved winners this afternoon. A truly dominant display from the Reds. Jordan Henderson opened the scoring for Brendan Rodgers' men with a magnificent half-volley, before Luis Suarez doubled his side's lead. Daniel Sturridge made it three, before further goals from Steven Gerrard and a Ryan Bennett own goal wrapped up the scoring for Liverpool.
Two minutes added on...
Liverpool are piling on their pressure as the game enters its dying minutes. They've shown no mercy to Norwich City this afternoon.
Snodgrass gives way to be replaced by Pilkington.
Liverpool continue to dominate. Will we see six I wonder?
Yellow Card Robert Snodgrass
Snodgrass is booked for a challenge on the left-hand side.
Suarez's free-kick is headed just wide by Fabio Borini at the near post.
Joe Allen comes on to replace the impressive Jordan Henderson. Henderson will have done his claims for a starting place no harm at all after a fine display this afternoon.
Jamie Carragher is currently playing with just one boot on as play carries on around him as he furiously tries to get his foot back into his other boot.
Own Goal Ryan Bennett
GOAL! 5-0 to Liverpool as Raheem Sterling makes an instant impact. Turning cleverly in the box, he curls the ball beyond Bunn. It looks like it could be going in anyway, but it deflects off Ryan Bennett and goes down as an own goal. I'm sure Sterling would like to claim. If Bennett hadn't got a touch I'm sure Fabio Borini would have tapped it home anyway. It doesn't matter who scored it though, all that matters is that it's Liverpool 5-0 Norwich City.
A low cross into the box almost finds Fabio Borini, who is still searching for his first league goal for Liverpool, but Norwich just manage to scramble it away.
Daniel Sturridge, who claims to still be lacking match fitness is replaced by Fabio Borini. If that is the case he's going to be frighteningly good when he is match fit.
Raheem Sterling also comes on to replace Lucas Leiva,.
Assist Glen Johnson
Goal Steven Gerrard
GOAL! 4-0 Liverpool. It's the captain this time. Glen Johnson goes on a fine solo run cutting in, starting on the half-way, before teeing up Steven Gerrard on the edge of the penalty area. Gerrard takes a touch before firing in a fine low effort beyond Bunn into the near corner.
Elliott Bennett is replaced by Wes Hoolahan as Chris Hughton makes Norwich first change of the day. Sadly for Canaries fans it's too little too late to make a difference now.
Norwich have only threatened from set-pieces so far, but since Bennett missed a glorious chance to open the scoring for the Canaries, Liverpool have defended solidly against them. Daniel Agger has been a rock at the back, as shown again he clears Norwich's latest set-piece with ease.
Norwich look unable to cope with Liverpool at the moment. They've offered very little in attack and Liverpool's first-time passing is causing them endless problems. There should be more goals in this yet.
Assist Stewart Downing
Goal Daniel Sturridge
GOAL! 3-0 to Liverpool and Sturridge has the goal his performance has deserved. Henderson picks up the ball on the edge of the area and chips it forward to Downing. The winger fizzes a first time cross across goal. The ball evades Bunn and Sturridge is left with a simple tap-in.
The corner is cleared but finds its way to Downing. The winger links up with Johnson before drilling a shot goalwards, but it drifts just wide of the near post.
Suarez picks up the ball at the far posts and plays it across goal. Sturridge didn't read it however and Garrido clears behind for a corner.
Superb diagonal ball from Gerrard picks out Wisdom. The young full-back kills it dead before cutting in and firing in a strike at goal, but it is a defender's strike and goes harmlessly wide. Never in danger of hitting the target.
Sturridge has a shot from the edge of the area deflected and it finds its way to Gerrard. Bunn does well to deny the Liverpool captain but the linesman's flag was up anyway.
Tettey wastes a glorious chance for Norwich. Carragher's header away kindly lands at his feet, but he shoots first time and it goes miles wide.
Liverpool kick-off attacking the Kop and the second half is underway.
Will Suarez net yet another hat-trick against Norwich? Will Norwich come from behind to win a game for the first time this season. Stay tuned to find out. Second half coverage to follow.
The half-time whistle goes and Liverpool lead Norwich 2-0 thanks to a wonder-goal by Jordan Henderson, before Luis Suarez doubled his side's lead after yet another strike against the Canaries. Suarez and Sturridge have linked up well so far and the Reds deserve their lead in what has been a dominant display.
45' + 1'
Sturridge nearly makes it 3-0 with the last kick of the half. Suarez runs at the Norwich defence, before playing a clever ball forward to his new strike-partner. The ex-Chelsea man shoots first time to the near post on his weaker foot, but Bunn gathers quite comfortably.
One minute added on...
Yellow Card Glen Johnson
Glen Johnson picks up the first booking of the day. His challenge on Snodgrass is late and poor. A yellow card is the right decision. Garrido takes the free-kick for Norwich but it fails to clear the first man.
Grant Holt fires in a volley from an acute angle, leaving Brad Jones beaten, but Andre Wisdom is on hand to clear it off the line.
Corner to Norwich, but it's poor from Snodgrass and Agger clears it at the near post.
Assist Lucas Leiva
Goal Luis Suárez
GOAL! 2-0 to Liverpool! Luis Suarez has yet another goal against Norwich. His 20th of the season. Lucas plays a through ball from deep inside his own half. Sturridge dummies it, allowing it to run for the Uruguayan, who is left with a simple finish across goal into the far corner.
The corner is headed away and lands at Henderson's feet. The youngster takes a touch before firing a speculative effort at goal. This time he fails to find the net as Bunn gathers it with ease.
Suarez wins yet another corner for Liverpool on the right-hand side.
Corner to Liverpool. Gerrard whips it in to Andre Wisdom at the far post, but the youngster's header goes harmlessly over the bar.
Liverpool are continuing to dominate possession and look hungry for a second.
Goal Jordan Henderson
GOAL! 1-0 to Liverpool and it's a scorcher from Jordan Henderson. Luis Suarez has the ball on the edge of the Norwich area. With four yellow shirts on him he tries to bamboozle his way through the Canaries back four but is blocked in his path. The ball ricochets to Henderson on the edge of the area, and he fires in a half-volley first time which flies into the top corner to give his side the lead.
Cracking ball into the box from Andre Wisdom, which Mark Bunn chooses not to come and gather. Fortunately for the Norwich keeper no Liverpool players were attacking the ball.
Norwich have their first corner of the afternoon but it comes to nothing.
Suarez feeds Gerrard on the edge of the area but the Liverpool captain's shot is poor and flies wide of the far post.
Gerrard is unable to connect properly with the cross and Holt clears it away into touch.
Corner to Liverpool...
Suarez has been brilliant so far. Given little room to operate in, he jinks his way through the Norwich defence before drilling a low cross to the near post. Bunn blocks it but had to be alert to gather it at the second attempt at Sturridge's feet.
Sturridge and Suarez link up well again on the edge of the area as the former Chelsea man plays a clever one-two with the Uruguayan. Sturridge turns and shoots but it's straight at Bunn in the Norwich goal. Glen Johnson is not impressed with his new team-mate. He was screaming for the ball there.
Suarez and Sturridge are linking up well so far, while Gerrard and Downing have started brightly as Liverpool continue to dominate possession. Norwich will be hoping to keep the scores at 0-0 for as long as possible if they are to have any chance of a win today.
Norwich could be 1-0 up as Bennett is left unmarked at a Norwich free-kick but his header is tame and straight at Brad Jones.
Liverpool are dominating all the early possession and have had the first shot of day as Stewart Downing leaps well to get on the end of Luis Suarez's cross, but his header loops wide.
Norwich are attacking the Kop in this first half and we are underway.
The teams are out and lining up, getting ready for kick-off, which is now only minutes away.
Chris Hughton's side also haven't won any of their last five matches and have only won once away from home all season. Meanwhile Liverpool have only lost once at home in the league since September, so the odds will be stacked frimly against Norwich City today. Can they pull off a shock? Stay tuned to find out.
Just over five minutes to go until kick-off. Norwich have only ever one once at Anfield in the Premier League. That came back in April 1994, and was also the Canaries' last ever victory over the Reds when they famously won the last ever game infront of the standing Kop.
From a Norwich perspective however, Canaries eyes will be firmly on their side's bench as Wes Hoolahan and Anthony Pilkington drop out from the side that drew with Newcastle last weekend, although they will be relieved to see Grant Holt start upfront. Holt has scored two goals in his last three games against Liverpool and will be hoping to add to that tally today.
All eyes will be on Suarez and Sturridge, with both out to make their own bits of Liverpool history. The Uruguayan, who has scored hat-tricks in each of his last two games against the Canaries, will become the first player in the Reds's history to score three league hat-tricks against the same side if he repeats that feat today, while Daniel Sturridge is looking to become only the eighth player in the club's history, and first since Ray Kennedy in 1974, to score in each of his first three games for Liverpool.
Four players drop out of the Norwich team for today, as Sebastien Bassong, Anthony Pilkington, Wes Hoolahan and Simeon Jackson are replaced by Ryan Bennett, Elliott Bennett, Jonny Howson and Grant Holt.
Brendan Rodgers has made four changes to the side that lost to Manchester United last weekend. Brad Jones replaces the injured Pepe Reina, who has a thigh injury, in goal, while Daniel Sturridge starts on his home debut for the Reds upfront with Luis Suarez at the expense of Luis Suarez. Meanwhile Jamie Carragher replaces Martin Skrtel in defence, and Jordan Henderson makes his fifth Premier League start of the season in favour of Joe Allen.
Norwich Starting XI: Bunn; R. Martin, R. Bennett, Turner, Garrido; E. Bennett, Johnson, Tettey, Snodgrass; Howson; Holt. Subs: Jackson, Pilkington, Rudd, Hoolahan, Barnett, Tierney, Kane
Liverpool Starting XI: Jones; Wisdom, Carragher, Agger, Johnson; Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson; Downing, Suarez, Sturridge. Subs: Gulacsi, Allen, Borini, Sterling, Shelvey, Robinson, Skrtel
Team news is in and as follows, starting with Liverpool...
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE! text commentary from today's Premier League clash between Liverpool and Norwich. I'm Theo Squires and I will be guiding you through all the action from Anfield today in what is sure to be a classic game.
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