City lose out to RedsNORWICH City's Under-21s lost their place in the Barclays Under-21s Premier League after a narrow defeat to Liverpool at Kirkby, courtesy of a late Lloyd Jones header.
City started the brighter and broke with pace through Ebou Adams, but the attack was halted when Louis McIntosh's pass to Kieran Higgs ran through for a goal kick.
McIntosh then appealed strongly for a penalty when he was brought down by Joe Maguire in the area, but the Liverpool defender was adjudged to have played the ball.
The Canaries took full advantage of their promising start when Glenn Middleton cut inside from the left and rifled a low drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.
Adams nearly doubled the advantage minutes later after a neat interchange down the right found Adams in the box, but a last-ditch tackle from Chirivella denied any attempt on goal.
City would rue that chance missed almost immediately, as Liverpool equalised through Ryan Kent after some good work on the wing by Ovie Ejaria.
Michee Efete's surging run created space in the Liverpool half, with his pass finding an unmarked McIntosh on the edge of the area, but the midfielder could not direct his effort on target.
The hosts thought they had pulled ahead but were denied by an excellent stop by Oxborough, palming Teixeira's close range shot onto the crossbar.
In a tight and cagey second half, it would be the Reds who made the breakthrough when Jones rose the highest at the fair post to nod them into the lead with ten minutes to play.
City's fate was confirmed after an extended period of injury time, due to Adams picking up a shoulder injury late on.
FULL-TIME: Liverpool 2-1 Norwich City
GOALS: Saints: Kent (24), Jones (80). Canaries: Middleton (18).
NORWICH CITY: Oxborough; Ramsay, Crowe, Godfrey, Efete; Grant, Adams (Pollock, 90), McIntosh; Higgs (Lewis, 45), Ashley-Seal (Sambu, 81), Middleton. Unused subs: Pollock, Syme, Hall.