Sterling genius inspires Liverpool to victory over courageous Norwich

Liverpool survived a second-half comeback from Norwich City to win 3-2 at Carrow Road today.
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Liverpool survived a second-half comeback from Norwich City to win 3-2 at Carrow Road today.

Goals from Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass after halftime had Liverpool nerves jangling, but the Reds held on to clinch a massive three points in the title race.

It looked plain sailing for Liverpool during the first-half as first Raheem Sterling, then Luis Suarez put the visitors 2-0 ahead inside the opening 11 minutes.

Sterling's opener on four minutes was a beauty, beating Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy from almost 30 metres with an arrowing drive. He then teed up Suarez with some clever approach play for the Uruguayan to poke the ball past Ruddy for Liverpool's second.

It looked like a coronation for the champions-elect. But the match turned on it's head after halftime after Hooper took advantage of some sloppy play from Reds keeper Simon Mignolet to pull a goal back.

But Sterling, with another piece of individual genius, put Liverpool 3-1 ahead eight minutes later.

However, it was still not enough and when Snodgrass converted on 77 minutes, momentum was with the hosts - and the Scot, who was outstanding in the second-half.

Norwich laid siege on Liverpool's goal, but Martin Skrtel, especially, held strong to maintain their advantage and earn a victory that takes the Reds five points clear at the top of the table.

 
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