Norwich City 2-5 Liverpool Match Report
Liverpool went to Carrow Road in desperate need of a victory as they still searched for their first league win of the season. Liverpool received an encouraging midweek boost when they beat West Brom in the Capital One Cup with Brendan Rodgers fielding a very young side, and it would be interesting to see what team he would pick after so many good performances midweek.
Brendan Rodgers brought back many of his regulars for the visit to Norwich, with Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Gerrard, Suarez and Joe Allen coming back into the side. Brendan Rodgers gave a reward to youngsters Suso and Wisdom for their performances midweek and also to two goal hero Sahin, Raheem Sterling was also included in the team as he is quickly becoming a regular.
Liverpool took the lead before many supporters had took their seat for the match when crisp passing sent the ball skimming back and forth across the Carrow Road surface, pulling the opposition apart and carving holes in their formation.
Then the killer ball from Raheem Sterling, who collected play from Joe Allen and pivoted into space before sliding the ball into Johnson, who poked into Sahin.
Turner came across to dispossess him but the ball ricocheted into the path of Suarez, who cut inside before arrowing the ball back across the face of goal and into the bottom corner of John Ruddy’s net.
It was the perfect start for Liverpool and their confidence grew with Liverpool dominating possession for long periods.
Then in the 22nd minute Suarez was bundled to the ground by Leon Barnett in the penalty but referee Mike Jones waved away Liverpool’s appeals.
Norwich threatened when Simeon Jackson lashed the ball over the bar with a left-footed volley after Steve Morison nodded it back into his path.
Suso then fed Suarez, who clipped a superb pass into the path of Gerrard. The skipper met the ball with his head but Ruddy was out well to push his effort away.
Suarez was sent through on goal once more but he side-footed wide when he really should have slotted. However, seconds later the Uruguayan stole play from Michael Turner, nutmegged him and then sent the ball curling past Ruddy with a fine right-footed effort.
It was no more than Liverpool deserved with their domination of the first half.
Norwich almost pulled a goal back at the start of the second half but Snodgrass deflected his effort over the bar.
At the other end, the Reds responded in style. Suarez slalomed down the right and at the second time of asking, slipped a pass into Sahin, who rolled the ball home from yards out.
Minutes later, Suarez got his hat-trick.
Sterling started the move that finished with Sahin slotting the ball into the Uruguayan, who took a touch to compose himself before calmly curling past Ruddy.
Norwich just couldn’t handle Suarez and Liverpool’s confident passing play and it looked to be a matter of how many for the visitors.
But Norwich did manage to pull one back on the hour-mark, Reina beat a Russell Martin effort out into the path of Morison, who fired into the bottom corner to make it 4-1.
But Liverpool were not finished yet and Gerrard made it five when his deflected effort beat Ruddy after a good run down the right by Sterling, although Norwich pulled a second goal back through substitute Grant Holt to end the scoring.
It was great to see Brendan Rodgers reward Suso, Sahin and give Andre Wisdom his league debut for their midweek performances. Liverpool got a great start to the match with the early goal but their passing and confidence throughout the game was impressive. Suarez was unplayable and proved how clinical he can be in front of goal. Great to see Liverpool win their first league win and this will only bring more confidence. So many good performances, but what does Suarez have to do to get a penalty, unbelievable stone waller waved away again. Disappointing to lose two poor goals but can’t take away from an impressive away win by Liverpool and to score five goals in the process is tremendous and hopefully Liverpool can build on this.