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Lallana Nets In Riveting 5-4 Win

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Five four, I keep saying it but it just won't sink in, five four. What on earth just happened? I will attempt to explain to some extent in the following match report. Liverpool are right to feel ecstatic with the 5-4 victory over Norwich but when the dust has settled there are several questions that need to be asked, particularly concerning the defence.

The game began with continued pressure from Norwich who started the match far more brightly than Liverpool but against the run of play, Klopp's side opened up the scoring after just 18 minutes. A Firmino effort which should have been saved by goalkeeper Declan Rudd somehow managed to spin back towards goal and provided the Reds with their first of the game. It wasn't clear then however that another eight goals would be scored!

Naismith was quick to make his mark on the game when initially he made a crunching tackle on Lucas Leiva, it was a bad one in my opinion and I'm surprised he wasn't shown a yellow card. Proba…

MATCH PREVIEW: Norwich V Liverpool

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Liverpool travel to Norwich on Saturday afternoon and Jurgen Klopp has indicated that there will be no sign of forward Daniel Sturridge who apparently is 10 days away from fitness. The Reds enter this game on the back of a win over Exeter City and will be looking to get back to winning ways after defeat at the hands of Manchester United most recently in the league.

Injuries

Injury news for the Reds obviously leads with the missing Daniel Sturridge but also still out is Martin Skrtel and it looks as though Adam Lallana will miss out on the game thanks to a muscle issue. For Norwich, they have received a real boost after signing Steven Naismith from Everton. Unavailable are both Gary O'Neil who serves a suspension and Andre Wisdom who is unable to feature against his parent team.

Previous Meetings

The last time the two sides met was is September last year, in a game that ended 1-1 the scorer for Liverpool was the missing Danny Ings. Our last trip to Norwich ended in victory with Luis…

When Gerrard Said "Exactly The Same" We Didn't Know He Meant Another 3-2!

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Liverpool in typical heart stopping fashion managed to collect another vital three points at Norwich on Sunday as they eventually won the game 3-2. A quick start for the Reds set a precedent for the game before Norwich slowly began to gain a foothold and pushed Liverpool right to the wire. Goals from Sterling and Suarez ensured Liverpool remained at the top of the table with just three games left.

Brendan Rodgers was forced into making two changes for this fixture with Daniel Sturridge out injured and Jordan Henderson suspended. Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva took their place. With Suarez in the starting line up an interesting stat read that the Uruguayan had scored 11 goals in his last four games against Norwich!

The game began brightly for Liverpool who quickly got off the mark via the brilliant Raheem Sterling. After making his own space Sterling opted to take a long range shot and with a powerful stinging effort he sent his strike straight into the back of the net leaving Ruddy with n…

"Exactly The Same... We Go Again."

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After a scintillating fixture with Manchester City last weekend, Liverpool fans find themselves ever more excited as the blue side of Manchester also slipped up against Sunderland in the week dropping more points. As the Reds assess their situation they could even draw with Chelsea now and still go on to win the league but first there is the yellow and green of Norwich standing in our way.

Injuries for Liverpool are pretty much the same with Jose Enrique out long term. What looked like a bad injury for Daniel Sturridge though is thankfully not as bad as expected and the striker will be subject to a late fitness test for this one. Personally I would save him for the Chelsea game.

For Norwich they are unable to call upon Yobo and Bennett but their captain Sebastien Bassong should be available to start for manager Neil Adams.

Liverpool are currently still sitting loud and proud at the top of the table. After the defeat of Manchester City at Anfield the Reds really are feeling buoyant on…

The Suarez Show

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In stark contrast to their shocking defeat at the hands of Hull, Liverpool completely turned their fortunes around on Wednesday night in a 5-1 rout over Norwich. The magical Luis Suarez scored four times whilst Raheem Sterling netted the fifth. The game sees the Reds remain fourth in the table with West Ham at home for their next fixture.

Brendan Rodgers made some changes to the starting XI for this one, namely the reintroductions of Daniel Agger and Joe Allen. Philippe Coutinho was also given the start which was music to most fans ears.

Norwich certainly appear to have found their "bogey team" in the Premier League and after this result you have to feel sorry for goalkeeper John Ruddy who must be sick to the back teeth of Luis Suarez.

The game quickly got underway for Liverpool who had a succession of efforts blocked followed by two Jordan Henderson misses early on. Henderson didn't quite have his shooting boots on but his team mate Luis Suarez had his laces firmly tie…

Liverpool Require A Win To Get Back On Track

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Liverpool welcome the Canaries to Anfield on Wednesday evening as the Reds look to redeem themselves after a terrible performance against Hull at the weekend. Brendan's side looked completely lacklustre and it is assumed the boss will this time field a different starting XI.

Liverpool are of course without Daniel Sturridge who could be out for six weeks. The Reds are also missing Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates who are out long term. Kolo Toure will be subject to a late fitness test before the game but there are many fans who believe he has earnt a seat on the bench for this match after his last performance.

For Norwich, manager Chris Hughton has quite a few bodies missing. Bunn and Wolfswinkel are both unavailable with ankle problems whilst Bennet and Snodgrass have knee injuries. Pilkington and Tettey are also out leaving Norwich in a bit of a pickle when trying to select their best XI.

Norwich currently find themselves in 14th with 14 points and it has been a mix bag of resu…

Reds In Norwich Rout

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Liverpool put 4 past Norwich and accepted a gifted own goal to finish their 5-0 rout at Anfield on Saturday as the doubters of the Sturridge and Suarez partnership were hushed once again. In a game where Steven Gerrard found the back of the net and Jordan Henderson too it was a brilliant performance from the Reds who look to be finding their feet.

Liverpool were without Pepe Reina and Martin Skrtel for this one and so Brad Jones was between the sticks with Jamie Carragher brought back into the defence. Norwich were thankful to be able to start their main man Grant Holt up front as they would need the extra fire power.

Immediately for Liverpool it was clear that Sturridge and Suarez (despite the small amount of time they've been working together) had an awareness about them. Sturridge knew exactly where Suarez was and Suarez knew exactly where Sturridge was, to be playing that freely already and feeling confident in your partner is fantastic and it wasn't long until Suarez was…

Norwich At A Snowy Anfield

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Liverpool are apparently ready despite the wave of snow hitting the country to face Norwich on Saturday afternoon at Anfield. With preparations well underway the main problem lies with the travel arrangements of the fans who have a long way to commute however assuming systems are still go I'll try and give you some sort of match preview!

Liverpool have no new injury worries but many are wondering whether new signing Daniel Sturridge will get a start or not after scoring in both games he's featured in so far. Norwich are in a better position too with players like Surman returning from injury and Grant Holt may also be ready to start after suffering a hamstring problem recently.

Norwich are currently 12th in the league 5 points behind Liverpool who are placed in 8th. Norwich are on a rather poor run at the moment losing 4 out of their last 5 Premier League games, Liverpool however have won 3 out of their last 5.

The last time the two sides met was in September and it ended up b…

Suarez Sublime In Norwich Win

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Finally, the Reds can chalk up a victory in the Premier League under boss Brendan Rodgers and in some style too. Rodgers after clearly being impressed by some of his youngsters filtering through the side went for a rather different starting XI against Norwich on Saturday, add to this that Suarez was on song, it was a comfortable victory for Liverpool with the only downside being that they conceded.

Rodgers gave Suso and Wisdom their first Premier League starts whilst opting to play Raheem Sterling once again. Also included was Sahin who scored two against West Brom in the league cup.

Possession according to the BBC ended up 50/50 after the 90 minutes but vitally for Liverpool this time they had maintained their portion of the ball and made sure they hit the back of the net at the same time.

Luis Suarez immediately cemented his love for Carrow Road just 2 minutes in. Glen Johnson cut inside and attempted to play a ball through to Sahin but he couldn't quite collect, the defensive …

Reds Really Need A Win

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Liverpool are at Carrow Road for Saturday's fixture as Brendan's boys look to carry their momentum through from their win in the league cup. The game against West Brom included several of Liverpool's youngsters and it will be interesting to see if any of them feature at the weekend.

Norwich are without Kane who broke his foot midweek and they also have doubts hanging over Pilkington and Bassong. Liverpool are still without Shelvey who is serving a ban and Borini is also a doubt. Daniel Agger however could make a return after he picked up a knock in a collision during the United game.

Nobody will have forgotten the last meeting between the two sides because it included that rather special Luis Suarez hat trick! Norwich haven't played us as regularly as some teams and so they have to go back to 1993 to find a win for themselves.

Norwich only recorded their first league win this season in their last match and Liverpool are still waiting for their own. Whilst Norwich have…

Suarez Sinks Stunning Hat-Trick Against Canaries

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Liverpool put three past Norwich at Carew Road on Saturday as the Reds got themselves back to winning ways in the League. A stunning hat-trick from Luis Suarez sent the away fans wild and with little left to play for in the League other than perhaps topping Everton, it was an exciting and refreshing 90 minutes from the Reds.

Dalglish opted for a slightly different starting line up, perhaps due to having one eye on next weekends fixture. Carragher was in the defence and Downing and Shelvey also made the start.

Norwich had to make a substitution early on in the game when Adam Drury went down injured. Russell Martin took his place.

It didn't take Liverpool long to find their first goal and after some good pressure from the Reds Luis Suarez found the back of the net. Set up by Steven Gerrard the Uruguayan with a lovely finish curled the ball past Ruddy, it looked like it was about to go wide but it slotted itself in and put the Reds 1-0 up.

Many feared Gerrard was actually injured he…

Reds To Face Canaries

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Liverpool face the Canaries on Saturday as they look to end April on a high. Norwich have lost their last two league games but they have been a breath of fresh air since they were promoted from the Championship last year.

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are without Charlie Adam but captain Steven Gerrard was back in training and is expected to be available for Saturday's game. Norwich are without ex Reds man Daniel Ayala who is suffering from a knee injury and also unavailable is Marc Tierney.

The last time the two sides met was in October. A 1-1 draw in which Liverpool played quite well was a string of many poor results at Anfield for the Reds this season.

The last time Norwich beat Liverpool at Carew Road was in 1993 which to be fair isn't that long ago considering how infrequently the sides have met.

Stat Sandwich

Liverpool have won 7 away league games this season.Norwich have only kept two clean sheets this season in the league.The Reds have only converted 9% of shots into…

Missed Chances Leave Liverpool Disappointed

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Similar to the Stoke game and the draw with Manchester United, it was yet again a story of missed chances for a frustrated Liverpool side. Norwich fought hard, particularly in the second half and were spurred on by their goal but despite over 20 attempts at goal and 11 shots from Suarez alone, Liverpool couldn't find a winner.

A starting line up which saw Bellamy start and Carroll left on the bench was an interesting selection from manager Kenny Dalglish. Many fans were excited to see how this set up would work and why not try it against Norwich at home?

It didn't take long for Dalglish's decision to pay dividends after Craig Bellamy got Liverpool a goal just before the half time whistle. The Welshman had a bit of luck after his effort took a deflection before hitting the back of the net.

The goal was deserved looking back on a decent first half performance from Liverpool with two attempts hitting the woodwork. We couldn't get comfortable though as Norwich proved to h…

Canaries Come To Anfield

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Liverpool welcome promoted side Norwich City to Anfield this weekend as the Canaries look to continue their  decent start to the season. Norwich are currently 9th in the table whilst the Reds are in 5th.

There aren't many injury worries for either side but there is a doubt hanging over Zak Whitbread for Norwich. The defender is back in training but has only just recovered from a hamstring injury. For Liverpool we have no injuries at all but Lucas Leiva after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester United will have to sit this one out.

The last time the two clubs faced each other was in 2005. Liverpool came away from Carrow Road with a 2-1 victory. The last time Norwich notched up a win at Anfield was in 1994, a slim 1-0 win saw the Canaries walk away with all three points.

Liverpool i think most will admit have been looking very lively of late. The draw with Manchester United didn't reflect the efforts of Dalglish's side in a game where if chance…