Liverpool came out of the tunnel on fire Saturday against Norwich City, possessing the ball for more than two-thirds of the match, netting two first half goals and scoring thrice more in the second half to runaway from the overwhelmed visitors, 5-0 at Anfield.
The Reds' Jordan Henderson broke the 0-0 deadlock in the 26th minute, scoring on a screamer from more than 20 yards out. Ten minutes later, Luis Suarez put Liverpool up 2-0 with another purposeful finish. Liverpool led 2-0 at halftime.
Not long into the second half, recent acquisition Daniel Sturridge all but ensure a Reds' victory with a 59th minute score, followed by a 66th minute strike from captain Steven Gerrard, which according to Premier League analyst Tom Scott was "trademark."
Trademark goal by Gerrard from 35 yards! Right in the corner. In the famous words of Andy Gray: 'What a hit son. What a hit' #LIVNOR 4-0— Tom Scott (@FRfootballTom) January 19, 2013
The scoring was capped off in the 74th minute by an own goal from Norwich's Ryan Bennett.
Norwich City's nightmare ended after 90-plus minutes. The victory gives Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool club three huge points in the Premier League table and pulls them closer to the leaders. Meanwhile, the brutal defeat has Chris Hughton's Norwich side rapidly descending in the EPL table.
This image from @LFCphoto summed up Saturday's one-sided performance at Anfield:
Luis Suarez, Liverpool: A
Uruguayan star Luis Suarez is one of the most lethal strikers on the planet, and he proved it once again on Saturday, scoring a vital second goal for Liverpool, putting them comfortably ahead, 2-0.
Premier League analyst Tom Scott tweeted the details of Suarez's clinical finish:
Suarez doubles the advantage. Super movement to peel away from the Norwich defence. Composed finish. Never going to miss. #LIVNOR 2-0— Tom Scott (@FRfootballTom) January 19, 2013
Although the confident forward wasn't the sole perpetrator of Liverpool's destruction on Saturday, he played a key role when the outcome was still in the balance and his team won easily.
Grant Holt, Norwich City: D
Arguably Norwich's greatest scoring threat, striker Grant Holt did little to contribute to the squad's cause on Saturday. He failed to mount any threatening attacks and the scoreboard told the tale.
Not that Holt is capable of putting up five goals against a quality foe like Liverpool, but to be shutout is quite embarrassing and definitely disappointing.
Jordan Henderson, Liverpool: A
Reds midfielder Jordan Henderson put away a brilliant goal to open the scoring on Saturday. Henderson was roughly 22 yards out, but that didn't prevent him from giving Liverpool a 1-0 lead less than a half hour into the game.
This tweet from the Premier League's official account delivers the details:
Robert Snodgrass, Norwich City: D
One of Norwich's best players, Robert Snodgrass was just as ineffective as Holt vs. Liverpool, and that certainly contributed to City's demise on Saturday. In addition to some lackluster play, Snodgrass picked up a late yellow card out of frustration, only adding to his misery.
Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool: A
Liverpool fans are loving Daniel Sturridge's move to Anfield this winter. The talented young attacker was the third Reds player to score on Saturday, putting the home team up 3-0 in the second half, assisting he and his teammates to a comfortable but predictable three points.
Reds fans should feel encouraged by Sturridge's play on Saturday, albeit against an underwhelming opponent at home.
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