Liverpool 5-0 Norwich Match Report

19 Jan

Liverpool 5-0 Norwich Match Report

 

Liverpool hoped to get back on track at home to Norwich after losing away to rivals Manchester United last weekend. The Anfield side had been on a decent run of form of late and a win at home to Norwich would be the perfect response after the United defeat ahead of next week’s FA Cup tie away to Oldham before facing successive away games to Arsenal and Manchester City respectively.

 

The Team

 

Brendan Rodgers made a few changes to the side that lost to United last weekend with Jamie Carragher returning to the defence alongside Daniel Agger, the veteran making only his second Premiership start of the season. New signing Daniel Sturridge was handed his Anfield debut as well, and Jordan Henderson returned to Liverpool’s midfield. Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen and Martin Skrtel dropped to the bench. Brad Jones replaced Reina in goal with the Spaniard injured, Wisdom and Johnson were the wide men in defence. Lucas, Gerrard, Downing and Suarez made up the rest of the team.

 

The Match

 

Liverpool dominated possession in the early stages, but it was Norwich who came closest when Bennett headed straight at Jones from a Snodgrass free-kick. From that point onwards it was mostly one way traffic with Liverpool dominating and Norwich looking to frustrate with Holt looking an isolated figure up front.

 

Suarez and Sturridge combined early with the latter shooting straight at keeper Bunn. Then Suarez bamboozled Turner with a clever backheel but his low cross-shot was claimed at the second attempt by Bunn.

 

Liverpool got their reward in the 26th minute when Henderson fired past Bunn from the edge of the penalty box after a challenge on Suarez broke kindly for the midfielder.

 

Moments later Henderson showed his confidence with a 30 yard effort but this time it was straight at Bunn. Then in the 37th  minute Suarez made it 2-0 when Sturridge cleverly let a pass from Lucas run through his legs and onto the onrushing Suarez who beat Bunn from close range with his left foot.

 

Sturridge had a good effort saved by Bunn just before the break and he completely missed his kick at the start of the second half from close range from a Suarez pass.

 

Liverpool continued to dominate proceedings in the second half and Sturridge made it 3-0 from close range bundling home a first-time driven cross from Downing.

 

Gerrard made it four when he drilled a 25 yard effort low into the bottom corner after good work by Johnson down the left flank.

 

Substitute Sterling’s direct run and shot made it 5-0 via Ryan Bennett as the match turned into a rout for the home side.

 

The match finished 5-0 and the perfect response to last week’s defeat with an impressive performance to match.

 

Summary

 

Great to see Sturridge starting with Suarez, I was also pleased to see Henderson start in the midfield, but surprised like most people to see Carragher replace Skrtel in the centre of defence. Liverpool played very well with a high tempo game and played with the right attitude which Norwich couldn’t cope with. Getting the first goal was very important and Liverpool grew in confidence after that. Henderson scored a great goal and is starting to become the player Dalglish hoped he would be. Suarez and Sturridge linked up well in a blossoming partnership, and great that they both scored. Downing also impressed down the right flank and produced a great volleyed cross for the Sturridge goal. Overall it must rank as Liverpool’s best performance of the season and now they need to find consistency in their results over the coming weeks.

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One Response to “Liverpool 5-0 Norwich Match Report”

  1. AndyYNWA January 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

    Hendo and Downing have really improved their games since the start of the season. Definitely not players you drop to the bench. It looks really good at te moment, I don’t think that 4th place I out of reach.

    /AndyYNWA
    andyynwa.wordpress.com

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