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January 19, 2013 11:00 PM SGT
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ M. Oliver‎
Attendance:‬ 44901‎
 
 
36′ Luis Suárez
 
 
 
74′ (OG) Ryan Bennett
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 5-0 Norwich City

Chris Hughton's side were completely blown away by the hosts, with Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge all scoring and impressing throughout

By Ryan Benson

  • Bradley Jones
    48
    2
    3.00

    Bradley Jones

    Made a save from Ryan Bennett early on, and he hardly touched the ball at all for the rest of the game. Received a few back-passes, but that was probably only because his team-mates felt sorry for his lack of involvement.

  • Glen Johnson
    57
    4
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    People often highlight defending as Johnson’s weakness, but Norwich offered such little attacking threat that he almost certainly spent more time attacking than in his own half. His use of the ball was good and linked up with Suarez well. He would have hoped to have got more crosses in, however.

  • Daniel Agger
    51
    4
    3.00

    Daniel Agger

    Carragher was the one often dealing with Holt, allowing Agger to sweep up. However, with Norwich offering very little attacking threat, Agger had a comfortable afternoon, and that will have come as a relief following the defeat at Manchester United last weekend.

  • Jamie Carragher
    53
    2
    3.50

    Jamie Carragher

    The veteran defender may have expected a tough afternoon against the physical Grant Holt, but he had a very easy 90 minutes. If Holt went for a ball in the air, Carragher often kept some space before pouncing on the floor instead. It was a clever tactic and it worked continuously.

  • Andre Wisdom
    44
    5
    3.50

    Andre Wisdom

    Another good display from the youngster. Absolutely bossed Elliott Bennett and proved a decent outlet going forward, crossing well when the opportunity arose and passed well.

  • Steven Gerrard
    74
    3
    4.00

    Steven Gerrard

    The Liverpool captain was absolutely everywhere, tackling well spreading the play whenever he was able to and he even sat deep on the few occasions that Norwich threatened to get into the Liverpool area. He capped off his performance with a fantastic strike to give the Reds a 4-0 lead.

  • Jordan Henderson
    70
    3
    4.00

    Jordan Henderson

    The England international has not had an impressive Liverpool career so far, but this was definitely up there with his best performances in a red shirt. He never jumped away from tackles, helped the Gerrard-Lucas partnership and opened the scoring with a sublime strike in the first half.

  • Stewart Downing
    45
    7
    3.50

    Stewart Downing

    After a very quiet first half, the winger was a serious problem for Norwich after half-time. He supplied the assist for Sturridge’s goal and was a general nuisance on the right.

  • Lucas Leiva
    49
    4
    3.50

    Lucas Leiva

    Patrolled the midfield for the best part of an hour, making sure Howson was as ineffective as possible, and he did the job well. His passing was kept simple, but one saw him get an assist for Suarez as Sturridge stepped over it near the halfway line. Taken off fairly early so not to risk him.

  • Luis Suárez
    76
    2
    4.00

    Luis Suárez

    The Uruguayan was chasing a record today as he hoped to become the first player to score three hat-tricks against one team in the Premier League. When he got Liverpool’s second it seemed he was on track, and although he could not add the other two goals, his all-round play suggested he deserved them. He never gave the Norwich defence a second of peace, and every time he got the ball Liverpool looked like creating something.

  • Daniel Sturridge
    70
    3
    4.00

    Daniel Sturridge Top of the Match

    Following his move from Chelsea, Sturridge is certainly having an impressive start to his Liverpool career and the Norwich win was no different. His link-up play with Suarez was delightful at times, with his dummy for the Uruguayan’s goal testament to that. He effectively ended the match as a contest just after half-time with his third goal in three games and was given a great reception after being replaced by Borini.

Substitutions

  • Joe Allen
    24
    9

    Joe Allen

    Only saw the final minutes, therefore only had a few touches.

  • Raheem Sterling
    46
    3
    3.50

    Raheem Sterling

    Came on for about 20 minutes and played a key role in Liverpool's fifth goal, beating Turner and then crossing for Bennett to score the own-goal.

  • Fabio Borini
    40
    4
    3.00

    Fabio Borini

    Has been plagued by injuries since joining in the summer, but he showed a few glimpses on his ability during his cameo, most notably a delightful turn near the corner flag.

  • Mark Bunn
    2
    3
    2.00

    Mark Bunn

    Made some important saves, but aside from the opening 20 minutes, he was not given much support by his defence. Liverpool gave the ex-Blackburn man no chance with their finishing.

  • Russell Martin
    0
    4
    2.00

    Russell Martin

    Had a tough test in the shape of Glen Johnson, with the Liverpool full-back playing extraordinarily high. The Scotland international was playing in front of his new national team manager, Gordon Strachan, and will be pleased with his showing as he stood up well to the challenge of Johnson, allowing few deliveries from his side.

  • Michael Turner
    1
    5
    1.00

    Michael Turner Flop of the Match

    Started fairly well, putting in a number of last-ditch tackles and blocks, winning several headers in and around his penalty area. However, all that went to waste as he shied away from Henderson’s strike and was taken completely out of the game by a Sturridge dummy in the build-up to Suarez’s goal. Later in the game, he was completely terrorised by Sterling before Bennett put the ball into his own goal.

  • Javier Garrido
    0
    4
    2.50

    Javier Garrido

    Former Manchester City defender Garrido was probably Norwich’s least busy defender on the day. Suarez and Sturridge rarely attacked down the right, while Stewart Downing was very quiet before half-time perhaps partly down to Garrido’s attentions. A few attacks seemed to form between him and Bennett, but Garrido would not be held responsible.

  • Ryan Bennett
    0
    5
    1.50

    Ryan Bennett

    Norwich began the match well and probably should have taken the lead through a Bennett header, but Jones made the save. From then on Liverpool dominated and he could do little to prevent that. The first four Liverpool goals probably could not have been prevented by him, but his own goal late on made the scoreline look that bit more embarrassing.

  • Bradley Johnson
    0
    3
    2.00

    Bradley Johnson

    The midfield of Johnson and Tettey is far from the most creative as they look to sit and break up play, but they were not even doing that well against Liverpool today. Gerrard and Co. completely ran the midfield, and although some of Johnson’s passing was accurate, he was ineffectual against a superior midfield.

  • Robert Snodgrass
    1
    3
    2.00

    Robert Snodgrass

    Showed glimpses of his ability, getting on the ball a few times and winning the foul which saw Glen Johnson booked, but his set-piece deliveries were wildly erratic and he did not seem to offer much support in-field or in defence.

  • Jonny Howson
    0
    3
    1.50

    Jonny Howson

    The midfielder had impressed in recent substitute performances and was therefore given another start. Early on he looked to be Norwich’s most potent midfield weapon, with Wes Hoolahan only taking a place on the bench, but as the match went on, Liverpool’s dominance only seemed to grow and he had little impact on the match.

  • Elliott Bennett
    0
    4
    1.50

    Elliott Bennett

    Usually a right-winger, Bennett was playing on the left and although he was up against the inexperienced Wisdom, he was not much of an outlet for Norwich. The rare occasions he had possession, he did not even try to run at his marker.

  • Alexander Tettey
    1
    3
    1.50

    Alexander Tettey

    Tettey’s Norwich career started impressively, producing a number of good displays, but he seems to have come off the boil in recent weeks. At Anfield, he was willing to throw himself into tackles, but not many of them were particularly good and his concentration was poor.

  • Grant Holt
    0
    3
    2.00

    Grant Holt

    You would have been forgiven for not realising the forward was even playing in truth. Norwich’s service to the big man was poor, but the simple fact of the matter was that Liverpool nullified practically any creativity Norwich possessed, giving Holt no chance of making an impact.

Substitutions

  • Anthony Pilkington
    0
    3

    Anthony Pilkington

    The winger has been in excellent form of late, yet still started on the bench. His replacement, Elliott Bennett, did very little and Pilkington was introduced way too late to make a difference.

  • Wesley Hoolahan
    0
    4

    Wesley Hoolahan

    Like Pilkington, he had been one of Norwich's best players recently yet bizarrely started on the bench and then was not given long enough to change things.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2