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Norwich City 2-3 Liverpool

By Mandeep SangheraBBC Sport
Raheem Sterling (left) scores Liverpool's opener at Norwich

Liverpool opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League after a hard-fought win at Norwich.

Second-placed Chelsea had lost on Saturday and the Reds capitalised, with Raheem Sterling arrowing in a long-range shot to put them ahead.

Luis Suarez guided in a second only for Gary Hooper to slot in for Norwich after keeper Simon Mignolet's error.

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Sterling scored with a deflected shot before a Robert Snodgrass header gave the Canaries hope but the Reds held on.

It was a frantic finish at a boisterous Carrow Road and the home side almost salvaged a point only for Mignolet to save a Ricky van Wolfswinkel header.

Liverpool were given a scare by Norwich but managed to secure an 11th successive league win, which confirms their place in next season's Champions League, ahead of next Sunday's home game against Chelsea, a visit to Crystal Palace and a meeting with Newcastle at Anfield.

Chelsea's surprise defeat at home to Sunderland on Saturday had added to the expectancy surrounding the Reds at Carrow Road.

But following a storming start, they had to determinedly drag themselves over the line to earn a victory which brings closer a first title since 1990.

Norwich suffered a sixth defeat in eight outings, although they can take heart from a battling display. They are two points above the relegation zone with games at Manchester United and Chelsea to come before they play Arsenal at home.

The Canaries ultimately paid the price for a disappointing first half, which began with Sterling sidestepping Bradley Johnson and powering a 22-yard shot, which took a slight deflection off defender Michael Turner, past keeper John Ruddy.

Joe Allen had an angled drive fended away by Ruddy as Liverpool made a typically energetic start, with a second goal not taking long to arrive.

Sterling turned from scorer to provider as he bent a low right-wing ball into the path of Suarez, who guided a sidefoot home for his 30th league goal of the campaign.

Norwich rallied and striker Hooper latched on to a Turner knockdown but was denied the chance to get a shot away courtesy of two tigerish Allen tackles.

A swerving long range Nathan Redmond effort was also palmed away by Mignolet, with Norwich continuing to the apply the pressure after the break.

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The home side received their reward for their efforts when Mignolet mistimed his attempt to punch away Steven Whittaker's cross and Hooper tapped in from eight yards.

Suarez could have eased Liverpool's nerves but sent a shot from just inside the box narrowly wide.

It was left to Sterling to restore the visiting side's two-goal advantage, with the Reds forward racing at the Norwich defence before his effort looped in following a deflection off Bradley Johnson.

The Canaries refused to be disheartened and Snodgrass had a shot palmed around the post, while a Redmond strike was diverted wide off the head of defender Martin Skrtel.

The home pressure eventually told again when Snodgrass headed in - but despite going close with Van Wolfswinkel's header, an equaliser eluded them.

Race for the Premier League title
LiverpoolChelseaMan City
Mon 21 Apr: West Brom (h)
Sun 27 Apr: Chelsea (h)Sun 27 Apr: Liverpool (a)Sun 27 Apr: Crystal Palace (a)
Mon 5 May: Crystal Palace (a)Sun 4 May: Norwich (h)Sat 3 May: Everton (a)
Wed 7 May: Aston Villa (h)
Sun 11 May: Newcastle (h)Sun 11 May: Cardiff (a)Sun 11 May: West Ham (h)

Line-ups

Norwich

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Ruddy
  • 3Whittaker
  • 23Olsson
  • 4Johnson
  • 2Martin
  • 6TurnerBooked at 45mins
  • 10FerSubstituted forMurphyat 78'minutes
  • 7SnodgrassBooked at 29mins
  • 22Redmond
  • 11HooperSubstituted forvan Wolfswinkelat 78'minutes
  • 8HowsonBooked at 72mins

Substitutes

  • 9van Wolfswinkel
  • 13Bunn
  • 15Gutiérrez
  • 18Garrido
  • 24Bennett
  • 27Tettey
  • 31Murphy

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-2-1

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Johnson
  • 38FlanaganBooked at 79mins
  • 8Gerrard
  • 37SkrtelBooked at 65mins
  • 17Sakho
  • 24AllenSubstituted forAggerat 81'minutes
  • 21Leiva
  • 7Suárez
  • 31Sterling
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forMosesat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 4K Touré
  • 5Agger
  • 6Romero Alconchel
  • 9Iago Aspas
  • 12Moses
  • 20Cissokho
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
26,857

Match Stats

Home TeamNorwichAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Norwich City 2, Liverpool 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Norwich City 2, Liverpool 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

  4. Post update

    Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Liverpool. Glen Johnson tries a through ball, but Luis Suarez is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Martin Olsson.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lucas Leiva (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luis Suarez.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Victor Moses with a headed pass.

  10. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Martin Olsson (Norwich City).

  12. Post update

    Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Michael Turner (Norwich City).

  14. Post update

    Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Russell Martin (Norwich City).

  16. Post update

    Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Daniel Agger replaces Joe Allen.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Steven Gerrard.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool35255596445280
2Chelsea35236667264175
3Man City33225688345471
4Arsenal35217762412170
5Everton35209657342369
6Tottenham35196105149263
7Man Utd341761156401657
8Southampton351310125045549
9Newcastle35144173954-1546
10Stoke351111133949-1044
11Crystal Palace35134182841-1343
12West Ham35107183848-1037
13Swansea3599174751-436
14Hull34106183443-936
15Aston Villa3498173549-1435
16West Brom33615124051-1133
17Norwich3588192856-2832
18Cardiff3579193165-3430
19Fulham3593233577-4230
20Sunderland3478193357-2429
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