Liverpool v Norwich
- FT 90 +5
- HT 1-0
Substitute Grant Holt rescued a point for Norwich against a wasteful Liverpool at Anfield.
Martin Skrtel and Luis Suarez hit the woodwork before Craig Bellamy's deflected shot put Liverpool ahead just before the break.
But, only three minutes after coming on, Holt planted a bullet header beyond Pepe Reina to equalise.
With Liverpool pushing for a winner, John Ruddy pulled off an instinctive save from Suarez to deny the hosts.
Suarez had looked certain to snatch victory for the home side but the Canaries goalkeeper tipped the striker's shot from close range over the bar.
The Uruguayan's effort capped a string of spurned chances as Liverpool laid siege on Ruddy's goal in the closing stages.
The 24-year-old had kept his side level in the opening exchanges of the game, too.
Suarez collected Bellamy's pull back and the former Ajax forward struck a first-time shot that was touched on to the post by the inspired Ruddy.
By that time Skrtel had already rattled the crossbar as Liverpool started strongly.
Norwich steadied the ship and created a couple of half chances of their own, but Reina was equal to what Steve Morison and Anthony Pilkington created in front of goal.
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Despite being unable to convert their territorial advantage into clear opportunities, Liverpool were far superior and deserved the lead when it came a minute into first-half injury time.
Latching on to Jose Enrique's clipped ball over the Norwich defence, Bellamy muscled his way past the remaining City defenders to slot his shot past Ruddy via the heel of Marc Tierney to score his first league goal since returning to the club.
Norwich, stubborn and disciplined throughout, were then rewarded for their second-half fearlessness with an equaliser on the hour.
Having been sent on only moments earlier, Holt darted between Jamie Carragher and Glen Johnson to emphatically head Pilkington's pinpoint cross beyond a stranded Reina.
The visitors should have been ahead when another Pilkington cross - this time from the left - found Holt again, but Reina reacted well to palm away the substitute's header.
Suarez, who waged an ongoing battle with the officials for their repeated refusal to award decisions in his favour, was Liverpool's chief goal threat and he promised to restore the home side's lead several times.
Weaving his way into a shooting position, Suarez seemed certain to roll the ball into the bottom corner - but a desperate block by Russell Martin diverted the ball on to the post.
With time running out Andy Carroll, a late replacement for Bellamy, could have been the hero but he headed Steven Gerrard's cross agonisingly wide.
But that accolade will go to Norwich goalkeeper Ruddy, whose stunning save denied Suarez and Liverpool victory.
- 25 Reina
- 02 Johnson
- 03 Jose Enrique
- 23 Carragher
- 37 Skrtel
- 08 Gerrard
- 19 Downing (Carroll - 80' )
- 26 Adam
- 07 Suarez
- 18 Kuyt (Agger - 90' )
- 39 Bellamy (Henderson - 69' )
- 32 Doni
- 05 Agger
- 38 Flanagan
- 11 Maxi
- 14 Henderson
- 20 Spearing
- 09 Carroll
- 01 Ruddy
- 02 R Martin
- 20 Barnett
- 23 Tierney Booked
- 25 Naughton
- 04 Johnson
- 12 Pilkington (Crofts - 90' )
- 14 Hoolahan
- 15 Fox
- 17 Bennett (Holt - 57' )
- 05 Morison
- 13 Rudd
- 24 De Laet
- 07 Crofts
- 11 Surman
- 09 Holt
- 10 Jackson
- 21 Wilbraham
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The match has reached full-time.90:00 +3:58
Foul by Russell Martin on Andy Carroll, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam takes the free kick. Steven Gerrard sends in a cross, Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam, Steve Morison manages to make a clearance.90:00 +3:02
A cross is delivered by Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.90:00 +2:48
Short corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the right by-line.90:00 +1:51
Outswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance. Sanchez Jose Enrique crosses the ball, clearance by Marc Tierney.90:00 +1:51 Substitution
Substitution Andrew Crofts joins the action as a substitute, replacing Anthony Pilkington.90:00 +1:37
Centre by Jordan Henderson, save by John Ruddy.90:00 +0:10 Substitution
Substitution (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Daniel Agger coming on for Dirk Kuyt.89:48
Glen Johnson takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.88:40
Jordan Henderson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bradley Johnson. Marc Tierney takes the free kick.87:19
David Fox takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.84:49
Charlie Adam challenges Leon Barnett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.84:08
Jamie Carragher fouled by Grant Holt, the ref awards a free kick. Jose Reina takes the direct free kick.83:35
Sanchez Jose Enrique delivers the ball.82:41
Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Glen Johnson gets a block in. David Fox takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Charlie Adam.80:43
Luis Suarez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.78:47
Free kick taken by Kyle Naughton.78:47 Substitution
Substitution Andy Carroll replaces Stewart Downing.78:47
Wesley Hoolahan fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick.77:35
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save by John Ruddy. Corner taken by Stewart Downing, clearance made by Russell Martin.
Charlie Adam fouled by Bradley Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.71:48
Effort from outside the penalty area by Wesley Hoolahan goes wide left of the target.70:59
Jordan Henderson delivers the ball, save by John Ruddy.69:01
Luis Suarez takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.68:09 Substitution
Substitution Craig Bellamy leaves the field to be replaced by Jordan Henderson.66:46
Luis Suarez takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save. Inswinging corner taken by Craig Bellamy, Steve Morison manages to make a clearance.66:26
Stewart Downing takes a shot. Blocked by Russell Martin.66:05
The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.65:04
Anthony Pilkington delivers the ball, Grant Holt takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.63:31
Kyle Naughton sends in a cross, clearance by Jamie Carragher.61:33
The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Suarez. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.59:50
Assist by Anthony Pilkington.59:50 Goal scored
Goal! - Grant Holt - Liverpool 1 - 1 Norwich Grant Holt finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Liverpool 1-1 Norwich.59:48
A cross is delivered by Anthony Pilkington,58:06
David Fox takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.57:35
The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, Russell Martin manages to make a clearance.57:32
The ball is sent over by Craig Bellamy, clearance made by Russell Martin.56:35
A cross is delivered by Stewart Downing, Craig Bellamy takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.56:01 Substitution
Substitution Elliott Bennett leaves the field to be replaced by Grant Holt.55:28
Wesley Hoolahan crosses the ball.55:19
Marc Tierney delivers the ball.54:55
Steven Gerrard takes a shot. Save made by John Ruddy.52:27
Elliott Bennett fouled by Craig Bellamy, the ref awards a free kick. Kyle Naughton takes the free kick.52:01
The referee blows for offside against Steven Gerrard. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.51:14
Craig Bellamy produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.50:17
Elliott Bennett challenges Steven Gerrard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Gerrard takes the free kick. Luis Suarez takes a shot. Russell Martin gets a block in.48:28
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stewart Downing on Marc Tierney. Direct free kick taken by John Ruddy.47:59
Craig Bellamy sends in a cross, clearance by Marc Tierney.47:52
Stewart Downing produces a cross.46:28
Anthony Pilkington takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.45:54
The referee blows for offside against Luis Suarez. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.45:26
Steve Morison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Skrtel. Free kick taken by Jose Reina.45:01
The second half kicks off.45:00 +1:59 Half time
Half Time The referee blows for half time.45:00 +0:55 Goal scored
Goal! - Craig Bellamy - Liverpool 1 - 0 Norwich Craig Bellamy grabs a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Liverpool 1-0 Norwich.44:41
A cross is delivered by Dirk Kuyt, Kyle Naughton manages to make a clearance.43:10
Corner taken by David Fox.41:36
Shot from long range by Craig Bellamy misses to the right of the target.40:17
Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, save made by John Ruddy.39:17
Stewart Downing delivers the ball, Luis Suarez takes a shot. John Ruddy makes a save.36:23
Corner taken right-footed by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line, clearance by Leon Barnett.35:07
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Stewart Downing, Glen Johnson produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.33:21
Shot on goal comes in from Stewart Downing from the free kick, Kyle Naughton gets a block in. Stewart Downing produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Blocked by Russell Martin.33:21 Booking
Booking Marc Tierney receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.33:03
Stewart Downing fouled by Marc Tierney, the ref awards a free kick.32:05
Steve Morison crosses the ball, Jamie Carragher manages to make a clearance.31:14
Corner taken by Craig Bellamy from the left by-line to the near post, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.28:54
Dirk Kuyt is caught offside. John Ruddy takes the indirect free kick.28:41
Steven Gerrard produces a cross, clearance made by Russell Martin.27:51
Craig Bellamy is ruled offside. John Ruddy takes the free kick.26:00
Dirk Kuyt is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by David Fox.24:45
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Blocked by Leon Barnett.23:31
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Wesley Hoolahan by Stewart Downing. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.22:52
Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Blocked by Jamie Carragher. Elliott Bennett takes a shot. Save made by Jose Reina.21:48
Bradley Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard. The assistant referee signals for offside against Luis Suarez. Free kick taken by Leon Barnett.20:29
Centre by Kyle Naughton, clearance made by Jamie Carragher. Corner taken right-footed by David Fox from the left by-line, Steve Morison takes a shot. Save by Jose Reina.18:37
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by John Ruddy.17:26
The ball is delivered by Marc Tierney, Steve Morison has a headed effort at goal from just inside the area that misses to the right of the target.16:38
Shot by Luis Suarez from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.15:34
Shot by Wesley Hoolahan. Save by Jose Reina.15:06
The ball is crossed by Stewart Downing.13:12
Shot from just outside the area by Luis Suarez goes over the bar.12:48
Shot by Stewart Downing. Blocked by Marc Tierney.10:30
The ball is swung over by Craig Bellamy, Luis Suarez has an effort at goal from 12 yards. John Ruddy makes a brilliant save. Stewart Downing produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.9:22
A cross is delivered by Kyle Naughton, clearance by Charlie Adam.7:44
Centre by Glen Johnson, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance. Stewart Downing crosses the ball, clearance made by Kyle Naughton.4:35
Luis Suarez produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.3:23
Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Pilkington on Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Steven Gerrard.2:07
Inswinging corner taken by Steven Gerrard from the left by-line played to the near post, Russell Martin makes a clearance.1:41
Corner taken by Charlie Adam played to the near post, Martin Skrtel takes a shot.1:12
Steven Gerrard delivers the ball, Marc Tierney gets a block in.0:00
The referee starts the match.
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