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October 22, 2011
• Anfield, Liverpool
Referee: P. Walton
• Attendance: 44931
C. Bellamy 45'+
G. Holt 61'
The full-time whistle here goes with John Ruddy pulling off a marvelous save to deny Suarez and Liverpool all three points! Norwich will be delighted with a well-earned point at Anfield but this one really could have gone either way.
Last-gasp effort from Andy Carroll spurned with the last kick of the game. Carroll met a cross into the area with real force but somehow diverted his effort agonisingly wide.
90' + 3'
90' + 1'
3 minutes of time added on here and Liverpool replace Dirk Kuyt with Daniel Agger, if that helps you determine which manager is happier with a point!
Liverpool are trying to get Andy Carroll into the game with the long-ball but Barnett and Martin are defending superbly. Can't see a winner being scored here but far from a boring match.
Going into the last 5 with the game still at a frantic pace. Charlie Adam glides past 3 Norwich defenders before the impressive Barnett puts in a fantastic tackle in his own area.
Some bizarre theatrics from Suarez as he claims he was brought down by a Norwich defender. Little or no contact but you really can't take your eyes off him!
Chance for Liverpool, and you guessed it, through Luis Suarez! The live wire nicks the ball from Barnett but his touch takes him too wide to trouble Ruddy.
Last 15 minutes here at Anfield at Norwich are looking well worth their point as it stands. Have been the better side this second-half and still harbor hopes of taking all three!
Suarez tries to wriggle his way through 4 Norwich defenders but slips and claims a penalty. The referee is having none of it and tells him to get back up.
Norwich are the better side at the moment as they continue to push Liverpool back. Hoolahan has a hopeful effort from 25-yards float just over the bar.
End-to-end stuff here at Anfield. Liverpool are desperate for the 3 points but so are Norwich as they continue to press forward!
Great chance for Grant Holt to take the lead at Anfield. Reina didn't command a Norwich cross which fell to Holt but the striker couldn't put enough power on his header.
Norwich certainly in the ascendency here as Liverpool try to regroup. Looks like Andy Carroll is being readied to come on.
Assist Anthony Pilkington
Goal Grant Holt
Goal for Norwich from Grant Holt who makes an immediate impact! Pilkington delivers a deep cross that Reina comes to claim but Holt nipped in front to power a header into a shell-shocked Liverpool goal.
Craig Bellamy at the far post has another chance for Liverpool as Norwich struggle to get a foot-hold in the game. Downing delivered another dangerous cross which was met well by the former Norwich man but his header saved comfortably by Ruddy.
Suarez is really in the mood today as he continues to test the Norwich defence. The Uruguayan brings an energy and goal threat that is rivaled by very few in world football.
Magical work from Luis Suarez should have doubled Liverpool's advantage. The striker plucked the ball out of the air with an exquisite first touch before nut-megging Barnett to put him in on goal but his toed effort was deflected onto the post.
Liverpool are straight down the Norwich end and have a good chance through Dirk Kuyt. Downing did well to get to the by-line and whip in a dangerous cross that was glanced just wide by the Dutchman looking for his 50th Premier League goal.
Second-half underway here and Norwich have great chance to draw level. Steve Morison wins a good flick-on in the Liverpool area which falls to Pilkington who struck it well on the turn but was well saved and held by Reina. Bright start!
Half-time. Liverpool 1 Norwich 0
45' + 1'
Goal Craig Bellamy
Goal to Liverpool and Craig Bellamy with the last-kick of the first-half! A hopeful long ball forward was not dealt with by Norwich and when it fell to Bellamy he made no mistake against his former side, albeit with the aid of a slight deflection.
One minute of time added on here at Anfield with the game still goalless. Liverpool have asked questions of the Norwich defence at times but as it stands they remain defiant.
Liverpool will need to patient here if they are to break Norwich down. Craig Bellamy receives the ball 30-yards out and hits a very ambitious effort very high and very wide.
With 5 minutes remaining in the half Norwich will be delighted with the scores still level. Paul Lambert's men have rode their luck at times but have improved as the game has gone on.
Suarez is starting to grow frustrated at the referee as Norwich start to closely mark the Liverpool danger-man. Still heavily involved in everything positive from Liverpool though.
Yellow Card Marc Tierney
Liverpool with a good free-kick in a dangerous area after a clumsy tackle from Tierney wasted by Downing. The Liverpool man really should have tested Ruddy from that position.
Luis Suarez starts a Liverpool attack and plays Craig Bellamy in down the left but has nobody to aim for as the Uruguayan has thrown himself to ground looking for a free-kick.
Norwich are growing in confidence and are showing the same kind of attacking attitude as they did on their visits to Manchester United and Chelsea. Hoping to come away with some points today though!
Good counter attack from Liverpool well defended by Norwich. Adam and Kuyt broke quickly down the left but the defenders stood firm as Norwich seem to have weathered the early Liverpool storm.
Morison with a half chance for Norwich, though his header was well dealt with by Reina. The Welsh striker was unmarked at the back post but couldn't get enough power on his header to trouble the Liverpool keeper.
Its end to end stuff here at Anfield as Norwich start to grow in confidence following a nervy start. Steve Morison just glanced a header well wide for the visitors.
Norwich almost score completely against the run of play through Hoolahan. The midfielder latched onto a through ball but his effort was straight at Pepe Reina from a tight angle.
Norwich struggling to get into the game at the moment. Liverpool have started at a frantic pace taking the Canaries by surprise.
Its that man Suarez again as Liverpool strike the post! Craig Bellamy squared the ball to his strike partner who tried to guide the ball into the top corner but his effort struck the post.
Suarez almost had another opportunity for Liverpool as he burst into the Norwich area but was halted by a well-timed tackle by Leon Barnett.
Luis Suarez with an early chance for Liverpool as he flashes a strike wide of the post. The striker cut inside Naughton easily though his well struck effort failed to test John Ruddy.
Welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Norwich City's trip to Anfield to face Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool. Paul Lambert has named an unchanged side for the 5th game running and a win for the Canaries today, could see them go level on points with today's opponents.
Team news: Norwich: Ruddy, Naughton, R Martin, Barnett, Tierney, Bennett, Fox, B Johnson, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Morison Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique, Bellamy, Gerrard, Adam, Downing, Kuyt, Suarez
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