Liverpool 5 - 0 Norwich City

Match info: Premier League at Anfield

Date: 19/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: M Oliver Att: 44,901

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Jordan Henderson 26
Luis Suarez 36
Daniel Sturridge 59
Steven Gerrard 66
Ryan Bennett 74 (og)



FT (ht: 2-0)

  • Last Updated: January 20 2013, 13:01 GMT

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was pleased to see the burgeoning partnership between forwards Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge develop further in the 5-0 demolition of Norwich.

Rodgers delight with new partnership

Suarez took his tally to 20 for the season with the Reds' second - courtesy of a clever dummy by his strike partner - after Jordan Henderson's smart shot had opened the scoring.

Sturridge, a £12million signing from Chelsea earlier this month, then became the first Liverpool player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to score in his first three matches before Steven Gerrard and a Ryan Bennett own goal completed the rout.

"I couldn't have asked for more. The players were brilliant in their application and their game and it was a great performance," said Rodgers.

"They (Suarez and Sturridge) linked very well, obviously both got on the scoresheet, which was great.

"Luis has done what he has done for us all season, given us 100% every game, and he combined well with Daniel up front.

"I think it gives the opponent someone else to worry about. Suarez has been incredible for us but you now have a recognised goalscorer up beside him.

"We had real fluidity with our play at the top end of the field.

"Daniel has pace and power but he is also clever and that was important today as Norwich are tough to break down and a tough team to play against.

"The second goal was a wonderful demonstration of how good players can link together.

"It was great vision by Daniel to see the run of Luis coming from the outside, great weight of pass by Lucas, and Suarez found himself one versus one.

"I've seen it in training in the early part he has been here.

"Behind that you have Steven Gerrard, who in that form I think he used every club in his bag.

"His passing was phenomenal and the goal he scored was trademark Steven Gerrard."

While Suarez and Sturridge caught the eye, the steadily-improving Henderson put in another good performance in what has been a good period for him.

And registering a third successive home win allowed Liverpool to banish memories of last week's defeat against Manchester United.

"We needed to find that goal early on and it was a terrific piece of play by Luis Suarez, who wriggled his way in and around the edge of the box and when the ball dropped to Jordan what a strike it was," Rodgers added.

"Once you get that it gives you the confidence because your opponent has to come out and that allows more spaces to open up.

"We controlled the game very well and we scored some outstanding goals.

"Equally I thought our pressing and defensively we were very intense and aggressive in getting the ball back. It was a terrific performance."

Rodgers revealed Jose Reina, who missed the match because of a thigh injury, had an operation to repair a nose broken at Old Trafford last week.

"Pepe was injured and Brad Jones came in and kept a clean sheet," he said.

"He had a thigh problem before the game last week and he played and the assessment afterwards was it had got worse - plus he had broken his nose.

"He had an operation to fix the nose yesterday so we will see how he is by next week and review it from there."

Norwich boss Chris Hughton admitted his side, who have taken just one point from their last six matches, fell well short of what was required.

"At this moment it is not a good feeling," he said.

"We were beaten by a very good side who were very clinical in everything they did.

"We weren't good enough and we have to be better than that. We were nowhere near as good as we could have been."

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