Canaries well beaten at Anfield
NORWICH City fell to a disappointing 5-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Jordan Henderson, Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Steven Gerrard, and a Ryan Bennett own goal were all on the scoresheet for the impressive Reds on a difficult afternoon for City.
Chris Hughton's side were 2-0 down at the break, and were unable to claw back that lead in the second half as focus now turns to Saturday's FA Cup clash with Luton Town at Carrow Road.
Four changes were made to the side that drew 0-0 with Newcastle the previous weekend - coming into the starting line-up were City skipper Grant Holt, with Elliott Bennett and Jonny Howson
supporting him in midfield. Ryan Bennett was also named in central defence with Sebastien Bassong not featuring in the final 18.
Dropping to the bench from last week were Simeon Jackson, Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan.
Liverpool also had changes with Pepe Reina injured, Brad Jones started in between the sticks. New signing Daniel Sturridge started his first game having come off the bench in his first two games
for the Reds, scoring in both these appearances since arriving from Chelsea. The England international partnered Luis Suarez - City hoping to end the Uruguayan's scoring streak against them, having registered two hat-tricks in his last two outings against City.
Three minutes in and Liverpool worked themselves the first attack on goal - Glen Johnson found Suarez in the left channel and he put the ball in for Stewart Downing at the far post who headed high and wide of Mark Bunn's goal.
Good movement in midfield by the Canaries on six minutes saw Holt fouled deep in Liverpool's half by Lucas - Snodgrass stepped up and curled in a delivery which Ryan Bennett met but although on target his header was straight at Jones.
Six minutes later strike partners Sturridge and Suarez combined and set up a shooting opportunity for the recently acquired striker, but his low shot was straight at Bunn who comfortably smothered the danger.
Bunn was needed again a minute later when Suarez did well to wriggle through at the byline and put a cross into the six-yard box but the City stopper recovered the ball in time.
Liverpool were having more of the ball - Steven Gerrard finding space on the edge of the City area and taking a shot which in the end was comfortably wide of the goal.
But unfortunately on 26 minutes the Reds did take the lead when a challenge on Suarez on the edge of the Canary penalty area saw the ball fall kindly to Jordan Henderson who hit a curling effort
past Bunn for 1-0.
Liverpool's pressure continued and with nine minutes of the half to play City found themselves 2-0 down. Luis Suarez capitalised on Daniel Sturridge's dummy in midfield which gave him space to run in on goal to hit a low left-footed shot in to the bottom corner.
The Canaries did respond with their closest opportunities of the half - a combination of Brad Jones and his defenders preventing firstly Bradley Johnson from capitalising on Holt's dangerous ball
into their six yard area and then blocking the City skipper following up with a shot at the back post.
Glen Johnson picked up the first booking of the game clipping Snodgrass to prevent the Scot running away from him down the right.
The last action of the half saw Sturridge find space for another shot on goal which Bunn was forced to save with his feet.
Half-time: Liverpool 2, Norwich City 0
Five minutes in to the half and Snodgrass' cross was headed by Jamie Carragher only to Alex Tettey who hit the ball first time unfortunately it wasn't quite on target.
This spurred Liverpool into another flurry of action firstly Gerrard just deemed offside when one-on-one with Bunn and then young left-back Andre Wisdom cut inside and had a go but his shot was
On 58 minutes Sturridge added another for his third goal in three games when he tapped in Downing's cross from the right to give City an even bigger uphill task at 3-0 down.
Chris Hughton made his first change on 65 minutes with Wes Hoolahan replacing Elliott Bennett.
But within a minute it was 4-0 to Liverpool when Glen Johnson attacked down the left and laid the ball off for Gerrard who placed his shot past Bunn into the corner from 25 yards out.
A double change for Liverpool came with just over 20 minutes to play - Raheem Sterling came on for Lucas and Fabio Borini replaced Sturridge.
And Sterling was involved in Liverpool's fifth goal five minutes later, when he managed to nip in front of Turner and lay the ball across the area and in an attempt to clear Ryan Bennett converted
into his own net.
Brendan Rodgers made his final change on 77 minutes with Joe Allen coming on for Henderson.
With four minutes left Anthony Pilkington came on for Snodgrass.
But with Liverpool comfortably in control they saw out the final moments of the game.
Final score: Liverpool 5, Norwich City 0
LIVERPOOL: Jones, Johnson, Agger, Suarez, Gerrard (c), Henderson (Allen 77), Sturridge (Borini 69), Downing, Lucas (Sterling 69), Carragher, Wisdom. Subs not used: Gulasci, Borini, Shelvey, Skrtel, Robinson.
CITY: Bunn, R. Martin, Johnson, Turner, Snodgrass (Pilkington 86), Howson, Holt (c), E. Bennett (Hoolahan 65), Garrido, R. Bennett, Tettey. Subs not used: Rudd, Jackson, Barnett, Tierney, Kane.