An error from Reds ‘keeper Simon Mignolet saw Gary Hooper pull one back for Norwich City before Robert Snodgrass’s header made things uncomfortable for the visitors. Canaries boss Neil Adams will feel aggrieved that his side — who are precariously perched just above the relegation zone — didn’t get more from the match, but his counterpart in Brendan Rodgers will feel nothing short of sweet relief at the cushion they’ve opened at the top of the table.
The Reds raced to a two goal lead within 20-minutes with memories of the routs of Arsenal, Everton and Tottenham cropping up all around the stadium. A much better second half from the visitors saw Manuel Pellegrini’s side draw level after David Silva pulled one back and fullback Glen Johnson’s own goal restored parity. City looked the more likely to go on and claim a vital three-points before the roar of the Kop — and a mistake from Vincent Kompany — saw Philippe Coutinho finish coolly beyond a diving Joe Hart.
Steven Gerrard put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after West Ham defender James Tomkins handled in the area, but Guy Demel leveled the scores just before halftime after an apparent foul by Andy Carroll on Simon Mignolet was ignored by referee Anthony Taylor. The former Liverpool man crashed a header against the crossbar as Sam Allardyce’s side went looking for the go-ahead, but it would be the Merseysiders who’d walk on with the points after the Captain slotted home his second penalty of the match following Adrián’s upending of Jon Flanagan.
Luis Suarez ended his mini-drought to score on his 100th Premier League appearance after a lucky bounce saw the striker finish first time past Artur Boruc. The Saints had a number of chances to equalize, and in a second half-flurry they nearly did, but a timely substitution from Brendan Rodgers saw Raheem Sterling double their lead within 80-seconds of coming on. The hosts did little to press Liverpool after that, and when Jose Fonte fouled Suarez deep into injury time, Reds captain Steven Gerrard sealed the points from the penalty spot with an emphatic finish. Eleven years without a win at St. Marys’s? Reset that counter.
It’s not often that you see the Reds concede three at Anfield, but we saw Swansea City’s quality in the reverse fixtures when the two sides ran out a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium and the Welsh side showed it again today. Two goals in four minutes from the Jacks nullified a spectacular opening twenty minutes from the hosts, and when Daniel Sturridge scored his second to put the Merseysiders ahead at the break, Wilfried Bony was on hand to slot home from the spot not long after the restart.
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