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April 20, 2014
• Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 26857
G. Hooper 54'
R. Snodgrass 77'
R. Sterling 4', 62'
L. Suárez 11'
Well, that's all from our LIVE coverage from Carrow Road. It was a fantastic encounter, wasn't it? What a season. Thanks for joining us, and goodbye for now!
So, Liverpool go five points clear at the top of the table, and next Sunday's game at home to Chelsea could effectively seal their first Premier League title. That's 11 wins in a row, and another step closer.
All credit to Norwich, though. They looked like being blown away when Suarez made it 2-0, but they fought hard to get back in the game and will feel they deserved a point today.
FULL TIME at Carrow Road! Liverpool win 3-2! What a fantastic game, and it's a huge result for Brendan Rodgers' men, who are massive favourites to take the Premier League title now.
90' + 4'
Olsson is fouled by Lucas on the left, and Ruddy is forward! Redmond's delivery almost finds the goalkeeper but the visitors hack it clear. Is that the last chance?
90' + 3'
LUCAS HAS TO SCORE!! It should be 4-2!! Suarez drives into the area from the left-hand side and is one-on-one with the goalkeeper. He chooses to play back to Lucas, whose shot is somehow blocked before he slices the rebound wide.
90' + 2'
The visitors quickly surrender possession from the goal kick and Norwich move forward again. Martin is now playing up front as they search desperately for the equaliser. Allen does well to win the ball and he hammers it far into the Norwich half.
90' + 1'
Snodgrass is furious with the referee as Sakho slips and takes out the midfielder, but somehow nothing is given as the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Johnson has the ball for Liverpool and fires a long pass forward for Sterling, and Olsson is forced to charge in and head it out for a throw. The Liverpool fans don't want to give it back but we're soon underway, and are about to enter four added minutes.
Suarez drives into the Norwich half and ends up colliding with Turner in midfield. The defender is already on a yellow but it's just a free kick, which they take quickly before Sterling wins another out on the right-hand side off Olsson.
This is good from Liverpool, who are keeping the ball and ticking the clock down. Skrtel tries to find Suarez with a long pass forward, though, and it goes straight through to Ruddy.
The visitors get the ball back once more, and it's back with Mignolet, who shanks a clearance straight to Martin in midfield. His touch is poor, though, and he concedes a free kick as he battles with Gerrard to keep hold of the ball.
Moses lifts the pressure as he moves into the Norwich half and towards the corner flag. He appeals for a corner but the decision goes against him and Ruddy can fire it back into the Liverpool half.
Suarez puts the ball out of play on the left-hand side and Norwich have a throw, but Lucas works hard to force one for his own side. Can they hold on for the final five minutes?
Liverpool have been holding on for dear life but they do well to calm things down, keeping possession just inside their own half, but Johnson ruins that by skewing a pass straight out for a throw.
VAN WOLFSWINKEL!! WHAT A CHANCE!! He's only been on a couple of minutes, but he nearly makes it 3-3 as he gets on the end of Redmond's cross from the left, heading down but straight at Mignolet. Was that the chance?
Johnson loses out to Redmond and Norwich sweep forward in numbers. He finds Murphy, who stays calm and moves out to the left before forcing a corner.
Daniel Agger comes on for Allen to defend the corner, which Mignolet punches away, albeit unconvicingly. It comes back in and the goalkeeper gets a firmer fist on it this time, and Liverpool survive the latest onslaught.
The noise has again ramped up and Josh Murphy - who has just come on - fires in a cross from the left which Gerrard has to clear behind for a corner.
Yellow CardJon Flanagan
Flanagan gets himself into the book for a bit of naughtiness as he stops Snodgrass taking a quick throw, pushing the Norwich man over. The fans clamour for a red but it's rightly just a yellow.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel
Will we see another incredible twist in this fascinating season? We're set up for a fantastic final 10 minutes at Carrow Road!
SNODGRASS MAKES IT 3-2!! Surely not?! Howson moves out to the left and flicks the ball into the path of Olsson, who fires in a dangerous cross, and Snodgrass gets there in front of Flanagan to flick a header just inside the post.
Victor Moses is on for Liverpool as he replaces Coutinho for the final 15 minutes. It wasn't as influential a performance from the Brazilian this afternoon, but it's starting to look like the points are going back to Anfield.
It's a low delivery from Snodgrass, and Martin stoops down to flick it on, but Fer can't get to the second ball as Skrtel sees it out for a goal kick.
Snodgrass does really well to put pressure on Sakho, and the defender gives it away to Whittaker. Fer then receives the ball in midfield before drawing a foul from Lucas, and Snodgrass will look to fire this into the box...
Martin looks for the run of Whittaker deep along the right flank, but his diagonal ball has a little too much pace on it, and it skips off the surface before going out for a throw.
Yellow CardJonny Howson
Howson is the latest player to go into the book, as he tugs back Sterling after losing out to the rapid Liverpool man, who has been a class above anyone else this afternoon.
Johnson gets on the end of the corner for Norwich, but his header loops high and lands on top of the net. The hosts need to take one of these chances soon - time is running out for them to salvage something.
REDMOND!! Moments after Hooper has a penalty appeal waved away, Redmond fires a low effort from around 30 yards, and Skrtel gets a touch on the shot, deflecting it just past the post with Mignolet stranded.
Liverpool are again staying calm and trying to pass their way out from the back. Hooper and Howson both charge in on Mignolet but he coolly finds Sakho out wide. It's risky, but seems to work for Rodgers' men.
SNODGRASS!! The midfielder is often Norwich's source of inspiration, and he nearly pulls another back as he unleashes a dangerous long-range shot which bounces along the ground, but Mignolet watches it well to parry behind.
We're around halfway through the second half, and the Liverpool fans are in fine voice. That third goal killed some of the optimism among the home supporters.
Norwich want a corner as it's fired in from the left and flicks off Flanagan's head, but the officials miss it and Liverpool have a goal kick. That goal has killed Norwich's intensity but they aren't giving up just yet.
Yellow CardMartin Skrtel
Skrtel goes into the book as he drifts wide before shoving Redmond on to the ground. The Norwich man swings in the free kick from the left but Johnson can't quite get on the end of it at the far post.
Suarez angers the home crowd as he yelps in agony after a Fer challenge, but as he sees Liverpool breaking into the Norwich half he leaps to his feet and tries to get involved in the attack, which breaks down after good work from Turner.
STERLING GETS HIS SECOND!! Is that game over? Norwich give it away as Johnson's loose pass goes to Sterling, and the youngster charges into the Norwich half, cutting on to his left inside the area, before firing a shot which deflects off Johnson and loops over Ruddy and into the back of the net.
Fer again gets to the ball first in midfield, and sets things going on the right-hand side, but the attack breaks down and they are forced backwards.
We're at the hour mark already, after a fascinating first 15 minutes of this half. Norwich's delivery has improved and it's caused Liverpool problems, but that Suarez effort shows how they can quickly move back out of sight.
SO CLOSE, SUAREZ!! What a chance!! Johnson pushes forward on the right and squares into the striker, who cuts on to his left, then his right, before guiding a shot agonisingly wide of Ruddy's far post. Inches away.
Fer tries to slide a pass through for Hooper but Sakho does well to cut it out. The hosts move out to the left and Howson charges into the box, but is held off well by Allen and Johnson before Olsson loses out on the flank.
The hosts have had 72 per cent of the possession in the last 10 minutes - things have really turned around in this second half. They're still behind, though, and will be wary of Liverpool's lethal counters.
Yet more danger inside the Liverpool box as Whittaker fires in another cross, this time along the ground, but Skrtel hacks it clear with an outstretched leg. The visitors break quickly and Suarez twists and turns in the area before scuffing a shot straight at Ruddy.
The noise level has just doubled at Carrow Road. The hosts are really on top at the moment - can they level things here?
GOOOOOALLL!! HOOPER PULLS ONE BACK!! Well, well, well...this is interesting!! Whittaker swings a high ball into the area and Mignolet comes out to punch, but is put off by Johnson. He knocks it straight into the path of Hooper, who has the simplest task of poking it into an empty net. Game on!
Replays just showed the last Norwich corner, and Skrtel almost ripped off Turner's shirt. The Reds defender has a tendency to do that, and gets away with one this time.
Fer picks it up on the left and plays a pass into Snodgrass just inside the box. The midfielder finds a yard of space and fires towards goal, but he can only hit a red wall as Liverpool hack it clear.
Hooper drifts out to the right-hand side to collect the ball, before swinging in a wonderful cross which is cleared behind by Skrtel. The set piece is cleared but Norwich still have possession. Encouraging sings for the hosts, here.
Norwich come back at the visitors but Hooper loses out and Liverpool win a goal kick, which Mignolet manages to skew straight out for a throw.
STERLING!! Great chance to make it three!! Liverpool clear the corner and come forward through Suarez, who floats a wonderful ball over the top for Coutinho. The Brazilian pulls it back to Sterling, whose first-time effort flies just over the crossbar.
It's certainly not as intense a start from Liverpool, but Norwich are pressing well. Whittaker works hard to win it on the right and he fires the ball into the area for Hooper, who tries to flick the ball over Skrtel but it hits the defender and goes behind for a corner.
Whittaker gives away a free kick on the left-hand side, and Gerrard floats it towards the far post looking for Skrtel. The defender already has seven Premier League goals this season but can't get a meaningful header on it this time.
Liverpool get the second half underway at Carrow Road, with no changes for either side.
Right then, almost time for the restart. You get the feeling Liverpool feel the job is already done, but a Norwich goal would certainly make things interesting. Kick-off is a couple of minutes away.
Will Liverpool come out strong after the break? Or can the hosts somehow find their way back into this? Be sure to join us when we return for the second half.
The visitors seemed to cool right off after those blistering first 15 minutes, though, and Norwich weren't prepared to roll over. The problem for Neil Adams is their lack of composure in the final third.
That's HALF TIME at Carrow Road and two early goals have given Liverpool a comfortable lead at the break. Sterling's stunning opener and Suarez's cool finish could send the Reds five points clear at the top.
45' + 2'
Lucas is in trouble for a foul on Johnson in midfield, but doesn't go into the book. The midfielder takes the kick short, and that could be that for the half.
45' + 1'
Sterling receives treatment after that Turner challenge, but is quickly back on as Gerrard resumes proceedings with the free kick, which he takes short in midfield as Liverpool look to see out two minutes of stoppage time.
Yellow CardMichael Turner
Sterling has been an absolute menace so far today, and he is almost through again as he gets to the ball ahead of Turner. The Norwich defender takes out the Liverpool man, though, and earns a yellow card.
COUTINHO!! Liverpool turn on the style with some crisp passing, and move forward quickly before Sterling spreads it out to Coutinho, who cuts in from the left and whips a dangerous shot just wide of Ruddy's far post.
Norwich look ready for a break, now. They're not pressing Liverpool with the ball at the back. This could be a worrying sign for the second half if they're going to tire.
Sakho gets ahead of his man to meet the corner, but his jump is timed badly and the ball flicks off his head, going high and wide for a goal kick to Norwich.
We're inside the final five minutes of the half, and the game has petered out a little bit. Suarez tries to inject some life into proceedings, turning well in Norwich's half before spreading wide to Allen, but it's a bit strong and the midfielder has to make do with winning a corner.
Real chance for Hooper as Johnson plays it into the area, but his touch off the thigh is too strong and Mignolet is able to race off his line to gather before the striker can get to it.
Norwich's delivery has let them down so far, and it does again after Olsson's cross comes out to Redmond on the right, but he drills the ball far from anyone and behind for a goal kick to Liverpool.
Gerrard threads a wonderful ball through the middle for Coutinho, who had found a pocket of space in midfield. He squares to Sterling, who aims a through ball for Suarez, but there's no pace on it and Norwich clear.
Ruddy hammers the ball forward but gives it straight to Sakho, and Liverpool have the ball in defence. The hosts press well but Rodgers' men look assured on the ball and keep it comfortably before Norwich's Johnson slides in on his namesake, giving the visitors a free kick.
The hosts are back in possession and have had a lot of play inside the Liverpool half, but haven't tested the goalkeeper properly yet. Snodgrass and Hooper link up on the edge of the box before the latter's pass deflects out wide off Sakho. Olsson tries to get there but Johnson does well to win a goal kick off the full-back.
Danger at the other end as Fer gives away a free kick a few yards from the left-hand corner of the box. Gerrard whips it in but Johnson gets to the delivery first, heading behind for a corner before Ruddy claims the Liverpool captain's second set-piece delivery.
REDMOND!! Johnson gives it straight to the Norwich man, who comes forward and fires a 25-yard effort at goal, forcing a good - if relatively straightforward - stop from Mignolet, who parries it away.
Chance for the hosts as Snodgrass and Howson close down Sakho, winning possession, and the former plays a low ball across the area looking for Hooper, but Skrtel hacks it clear from under his own crossbar.
Inside the final 15 minutes of the half, then, and Liverpool are looking pretty comfortable with their lead at the moment. Norwich have definitely improved but haven't really threatened Mignolet's goal yet.
Suarez is remonstrating with the referee, complaining that he should have allowed play to go on as they had a three-on-two inside the Norwich half, but the whistle had already gone.
Yellow CardRobert Snodgrass
OUCH! Flanagan does well to win the ball for the visitors and Allen collects possession, playing it forward to Sterling before being absolutely clattered by Snodgrass. There was definitely an element of frustration there, and he goes into the book.
Suarez is penalised for handball and Redmond swings the ball in, but Skrtel gets up in front of Fer and clears. The hosts still have possession, though. Can they get one back?
The Norwich box hasn't actually seen much action since the second goal - everything's going on either in midfield or just outside the Liverpool box. The hosts will be encouraged by the last 10 minutes or so.
Johnson looks for Suarez with an early ball into the area, but the striker can't quite get a flick on it with Sterling rushing into the box to meet it. Moments later, Allen tries a long-range effort from around 30 yards which slices wide of Ruddy's post.
Things have quietened down at Carrow Road, both in the stands and on the pitch. Liverpool have held off that Norwich fightback and are keeping possession comfortably, knowing they have a nice two-goal lead.
Mignolet shows incredible calmness as Flanagan passes it back to him, and he slots the ball through two Norwich players to find Skrtel. That could have gone very, very wrong but in the end the Reds come away with it.
Suarez drops deep to win the ball in midfield, and looks to set Sterling free with an accurate pass through, but Turner reads it well and cuts it out. The hosts look to come forward but quickly surrender possession back to Liverpool, who have it at the back again.
Redmond swings it into the six-yard box, but among a mass of bodies the Liverpool defenders get it clear. The visitors are just calming things down, now, passing it along the deck to slow Norwich's momentum.
Good work from Redmond, who has drifted out to the left-hand side, and he causes Johnson more problems before winning another free kick for the Canaries, out on that left flank.
This is a much better spell for Adams' men, who are seeing more of the ball, and inside Liverpool's half, too. They need a quick response after that blistering start from the visitors.
Snodgrass is upset after going down under Allen's challenge just outside the box, but nothing is given, before a free kick ends up going the other way.
HOOPER!! Great chance for the striker! Redmond's initial delivery is poor but it comes back in and Turner nods down for Hooper, who can't quite get it out of his feet and is quickly surrounded by red shirts. His shot is blocked and comes to Fer, who faces the same problem and Liverpool are able to clear.
Flanagan hacks away the initial corner before Snodgrass picks it up on the left-hand edge of the box. His floated cross is cleared by Skrtel, but the hosts get another chance as Johnson concedes a free kick out on the left touchline.
This is better from Norwich, who are at least stemming the red tide for the time being. Redmond picks the ball up on the left and charges forward, before seeing his cross deflected behind off Johnson for a corner.
Norwich look to come forward and Hooper gets hold of it in the Liverpool half before laying back to Redmond. His touch is too strong, though, and Lucas is able to steal the ball back for the visitors.
What can Norwich do to stop this? They're unable to cope with the visitors' pressing, and can't deal with them on the ball either. This could be a rout.
That was the Uruguay international's 12th goal against Norwich, just 11 minutes into his sixth Premier League appearance against them. A breathtaking record.
SUAREZ MAKES IT TWO!! Liverpool are on fire!! It's Sterling who is at the heart of it again, as he darts down the left-hand side and plays a beautiful pass into the area. Suarez is the grateful recipient as he lets the ball run across his body before guiding it into the far corner. 2-0 already!
This is a stunning start from Liverpool, and Norwich are struggling to cope with the intensity already. Something has to change or they could be blown away pretty quickly.
CHANCE FOR ALLEN!! Coutinho spots a lovely late run from the midfielder and slides a wonderful pass through the defence. Allen is on to it and tries a first-time shot from a tight angle, but Ruddy stands firm and saves well.
First attack at the other end and Whittaker swings a cross in from the right, but it evades Snodgrass at the far post. He chases it out to the flank, though, and whips another ball in. Hooper does well to get on the end of it but can only flick a header well over.
Penalty shout? Sterling gets a foot on the ball just inside the box and goes down under Fer's challenge, but the referee says now. The appeals weren't too vociferous, though.
The sun has just crept out at Carrow Road, and it's certainly shining on Liverpool's title bid at the moment. Norwich look shell-shocked at the moment and can hardly get out of their own half.
That was an absolutely unstoppable strike! And it's the perfect start for Rodgers' men. Is this really going to be their year?
WHAT A GOALLLLLL!! STERLING PUTS LIVERPOOL IN FRONT!! Coutinho drifts out to the left and squares inside to Sterling, who cuts inside and unleashes a venomous shot from 25 years, which arrows straight into the top corner, giving Ruddy absolutely no chance.
There's an early problem here for Olsson, who looks like he's got a nasty cut on his knee. He'll have to go off for treatment and the hosts will temporarily be down to 10 men.
It's a good start from Liverpool as they settle into possession early - their usual bright openings continue. Whittaker stops Sterling in his tracks as Ruddy hacks clear, but the visitors still have possession.
We're underway as Norwich get the ball rolling for the first half.
The players are out of the tunnel and there's a fantastic atmosphere inside Carrow Road. The large Liverpool contingent is very vocal - will they be celebrating at the final whistle? We're just a couple of minutes away from kick-off.
Norwich are the lowest scorers in the division with just 26 strikes this season - fewer than Suarez alone. The visitors sit on a total of 93 Premier League goals so far, and who'd bet against them bagging a few today? This could be their 11th straight league win in what has been an incredible 2014 so far.
If that wasn't enough, the hosts will be hoping there's no reminder how much Luis Suarez loves playing against them. In five Premier League appearances against the Canaries, Suarez has 11 goals, including three hat-tricks.
The omens don't look particularly good for the hosts today. Adams' men have failed to score in their last three games, all of which have been defeats. Liverpool, meanwhile, have won their last four meetings with the Canaries by at least three goals, scoring five in each of the last three.
For Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers is without Daniel Sturridge after the England striker went off with a hamstring injury against Manchester City last week, while Jordan Henderson's red card in the same game means he is suspended, so Joe Allen and Lucas come into the starting XI this afternoon.
Just one change for the hosts, then, as striker Gary Hooper gets the nod over Ricky van Wolfswinkel as Neil Adams looks for goals to bounce back from their defeat at Fulham last weekend. Captain Sebastian Bassong, meanwhile, is left out for the second game in a row.
Liverpool subs: Jones, Toure, Agger, Cissokho, Moses, Alberto, Aspas.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet; Johnson, Sakho, Skrtel, Flanagan; Gerrard, Allen, Lucas; Coutinho, Sterling, Suarez.
Norwich subs: Bunn, Van Wolfswinkel, Gutierrez, Garrido, R Bennett, Tettey, Josh Murphy.
Norwich City (4-1-3-2): Ruddy; Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Olsson; Johnson; Fer, Snodgrass, Howson; Redmond, Hooper.
Right then, down to business. The teams have been announced so let's bring you the line-ups, starting with the Canaries...
Chelsea's defeat against Sunderland yesterday - ending Jose Mourinho's 77-game unbeaten home run - gives the Reds the upper hand in the title race, but they face a home side desperate for points in their bid to survive the drop. A win would put five points between them and the relegation zone, so they'll be no pushovers.
Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of the Premier League, as Norwich City host Liverpool in an absolutely enormous game at both ends of the table. Would a win today effectively win the title for Brendan Rodgers' men?
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