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Football | Barclays Premier League

Five-goal Liverpool rout Norwich



Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge were both on the scoresheet as Liverpool secured their biggest victory under Brendan Rodgers with a 5-0 win over Norwich on Saturday.

Jordan Henderson opened the scoring with just his fourth goal for the club before Sturridge set up Suarez for his 20th of the campaign to give the home team a two-goal lead at halftime.

Sturridge tapped in a third to become the first player to score in his first three Liverpool matches since Ray Kennedy in 1974.

Steven Gerrard added a fourth from distance before Ryan Bennett's own goal sealed a comfortable win that moves Liverpool to within six points of fourth-placed Tottenham, while Chris Hughton's side slipped to a sixth defeat in nine matches.

The Reds were without injured goalkeeper Pepe Reina, while Jamie Carragher made his first Premier League start in three months.

With Suarez and Sturridge starting together for the first time, the Reds took control from the start.

Suarez started in a deeper role and took just a couple of minutes to clip over a cross that was headed wide at the far post by Stewart Downing.

Norwich produced an opportunity of their own when Robert Snodgrass's free-kick to the far post picked out Bennett, but the Canaries defender headed straight at goalkeeper Brad Jones.

The pressure from the home side was constant and Downing cut in from the right and missed with a low shot.

Sturridge provided a simple save for Mark Bunn after collecting a pass from Downing and the Norwich goalkeeper took two attempts to hold a Suarez effort after the striker fooled Michael Turner with a smart turn.

Reds skipper Gerrard also drilled an effort narrowly wide from distance and Bunn also did well to deal with a mis-hit cross from Glen Johnson that threatened to fly in at the far post.

But after 25 minutes Liverpool moved in front with a goal from an unexpected source.

Suarez lost possession on the edge of the area but the ball fell for Henderson and the midfielder thumped a shot into the top corner for his first Premier League goal since May last year.

Ten minutes before the interval, Henderson tried again, this time from 30 yards, and forced a decent save from Bunn.

But just a couple of minutes later, Sturridge ran over a throughball from Lucas, leaving the Norwich defence flat-footed and Suarez broke clear to clip into the corner.

Liverpool kept Norwich out at the other end when Andre Wisdom headed a Grant Holt effort off the line after the hosts failed to deal with a Snodgrass free-kick.

The home side should have had a third when Johnson held on to the ball for an eternity in the Norwich area before sending over a cross that just evaded Henderson.

Wisdom also sliced wide after he was picked out by an 70-yard cross-field pass from Gerrard.

But just before the hour Downing was found by a Henderson pass and drilled to the where Sturridge had an easy tap in to make it three.

Liverpool produced a fourth midway through the second period when Gerrard found the corner of the net from more than 25 yards.

Then with a quarter of an hour remaining substitute Raheem Sterling burst into the area and Bennett turned into his own net.

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