Nick D

Liverpool make it 11 wins in a row as the Title looms closer

Created on Apr. 20, 2014 8:52 AM EST

Liverpool with a hard fought victory that saw the Reds hold on for a 3-2 win against a resilient Norwich City.

Liverpool kicked off the game with the perfect start as they made Norwich pay for defending too deep. As Sterling dribbled the ball about 25 yards out no defenders made their way to him to close him down. He looked up and picked his spot and blasted in a screaming shot to the keepers right to give Liverpool the lead in only the 4th minute. The goal would get all Liverpool fans on their feet and erupt into song. Then things got even worse for Norwich City as Suarez would make it 2-0 after only 12 minutes of play. Sterling made a strong run down the left side and then fed in a low driven cross where Luis Suarez side footed the ball into the bottom right corner.

Sterling and Suarez give Liverpool a 2 goal advantage after only 12 minutes
The game heated up as Norwich, who are fighting to stay out of the relegation zone, finally woke up and started pushing forward and apply pressure to the Liverpool defence. A comedy of errors saw Liverpool fail to clear the ball from the box and Snodgrass had an opportunity to fire a shot on target. Though Liverpool, who are fighting for their first title after 24 years of heartbreak, through their bodies in the way and blocked the attempt. Norwich kept pushing on and kept the pressure on Liverpool but they lacked the fire power up front to challenge Mignolet in goal. Liverpool then settled down and started to take control of the midfield. Joe Allen would try his luck from distance but the ball dipped wide of the mark. Norwich then started to get frustrated and after some tough tackles, the ref had seen enough and Snodgrass would see yellow after his rough and late challenge on Allen. The match slowed down as both teams battled it out in the midfield. Norwich would try their luck from distance but the firm hands of Mignolet would ensure that the scoreline remained at 2-0. The halftime break approached and Liverpool find themselves with a 2 goal lead but Norwich though were not totally out of the game yet.
Halftime and Liverpool players happy as they enter the change rooms with a 2 goal cushion
 The second half and Liverpool started to press forward as Norwich pushed high up the pitch. A great ball by Suarez from his own half found Coutinho wide left. He squared the ball to the top of the box where Sterling was unmarked and met the ball first time. His shot though would go over the crossbar and not test the keeper. Norwich continued to press high up the pitch and had good spell of possession that saw them win three corners in a space of a few minutes. The pressure applied finally paid off as Norwich got a goal back in the 53rd minute. A throw in from the right side saw the ball get crossed in high and towards the middle of the box. Mignolet leapt high but he mistimed his fist to the ball. The ball would fall kindly to Hooper who had an easy finish on an empty net. 2-1 and Norwich with a new found confidence as they looked to get the equaliser. 
Hooper celebrates with Snodgrass after an easy finish to get Norwich within one goal
Liverpool now had to find a way to stop the Norwich charge and the best way was to get the ball to Suarez. The Uruguayan would use his skill to get himself into space and fire his shot from the right side of the box towards the left post. The ball though would just go inches wide of the mark. Then Norwich's good work would all fall away as Sterling would regain Liverpool's two goal advantage. The young England forward would make a crucial interception and run towards the goal. Then as Suarez was running down the right side he would draw out the defender and Sterling would strike at goal. Bradley Johnson would make a last ditch effort to block the shot but to his bad luck the ball would deflect over the keeper and into the back of the net. 3-1 and Liverpool back with the 2 goal lead.
Raheem Sterling celebrates with team mates as he scores his second in the 62nd minute
Though Norwich City weren't done as they continued to push forward and knew that they needed to find a way to get back in this match. Some good midfield play down the left side saw Ryan Bennett break from the back and his overlapping run would lead to a dangerous cross toward the back post. Snodgrass would rise well and loop his header into the the back of the net. 3-2 and Norwich once again back in the game with 10 minutes left to play. Norwich increased the tempo and were almost back on level terms as Tettey's cross would find Wolfswinkle inside the 6 yard box. The Dutch forward rose well and directed his header towards the bottom right corner but Mignolet would get there and ensure his team maintained their lead. The last minutes of the game were tense as Liverpool looked to run the clock down and Norwich rushing to get the ball into their forward line. Liverpool though would hold on as they recorded their 11th victory in a row and remain undefeated in 2014. Also now with only three games of the season remaining can the Reds keep the momentum going?
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