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Barclays Premier League, Saturday 22nd October 2011, Anfield, 17:45pm

Liverpool FC 1-1 Norwich City

Referee: Peter Walton   H-T: 1-0   Att:  44,931

Match Report

A Craig Bellamy strike was only enough to earn Liverpool a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich City on Saturday tea-time.

The No.39 scored at the end of a dominant first half but Grant Holt won the newly promoted Canaries a point with a header on the hour.

Liverpool hit the frame of the goal three times and had a mass of other chances but their day ended in frustration.

The team news saw former Norwich striker Bellamy granted a first Barclays Premier League start since rejoining Liverpool this summer. Steven Gerrard and Charlie Adam made up the midfield in the absence of Lucas Leiva, who missed the match after picking up a fifth yellow card of the season versus Manchester United.

Before those sent out by Kenny Dalglish could attempt to collect another three points, Steve Rotheram MP was introduced to the crowd at the end of a week when his moving House of Commons speech helped ensure there would be full disclosure of all government documents relating to Hillsborough.

The Kop then held aloft a JFT96 mosaic, while opposite them the visiting fans participated in chants of 'Justice'.

Then to the football. Just two minutes had passed when Liverpool threatened the Norwich goal as Martin Skrtel rattled the crossbar with a glancing header from Adam's corner.

Shortly after this Suarez left Leon Barnett dizzy before skewing his shot into the Kop hoardings.

To say Norwich's defending was haphazard in the opening stages would be kind, but there was little they could do to contend with the quality displayed on 11 minutes when Adam launched a pinpoint pass to Bellamy on the left. The Welshman's cross was directed first time onto the woodwork by Suarez before Downing failed to capitalise on the rebound.

Liverpool's passing was reminiscent of a pinball machine at times and it produced another excellent opportunity for Suarez on 17 minutes - but again the Uruguayan fired wide.

At the other end Norwich almost took an unlikely lead when captain Wesley Hoolahan forced a close range save from Pepe Reina, and the opening gave them a belief that had been lacking up until then.

Still, Liverpool seemed the more likely, and a spill by John Ruddy would have led to an opener had Suarez found the unmarked Dirk Kuyt in front of goal.

Downing then crossed from his position on the right but Suarez could not generate enough power to head beyond Ruddy.

The goal finally arrived in first-half stoppage time when Russell Martin fell over under pressure from Suarez, allowing Bellamy to steam through on goal and finish via a deflection.

Anthony Pilkington blasted low and hard towards Reina immediately after the restart but the Spaniard never looked troubled.

Liverpool were then denied by the woodwork for the third time when Suarez waltzed past Barnett before seeing his poke deflected onto the post. The 24-year-old was everywhere, pestering and probing without getting his name on the scoresheet.

He and Liverpool could have had several, but instead Norwich were still in the game, and their hopes of gaining a result at one of English football's most famous arenas were about to get a whole lot more realistic on 60 minutes when substitute Holt nodded in a Pilkington cross at the Kop end. Game on.

Liverpool surged to restore order, Suarez again breaking loose only to be thwarted by a palm away from the goalkeeper.

Henderson and Carroll were introduced as Dalglish tried to influence proceedings, but it was that man Suarez who seemed most likely to change the game. He was again unlucky to come up against an in-form Ruddy after Barnett fell to the ground.

Carroll headed narrowly wide and Suarez had a volley tipped away in stoppage time but the day ended in disappointment for those in Red.


Team Line-Up's
Liverpool Norwich City
Pepe Reina John Ruddy
Glen Johnson Russell Martin
Jamie Carragher BLeon arnett
Martin Skrtel  Marc Tierney
Jose Enrique Kyle Naughton
Dirk Kuyt Bradley Johnson
Charlie Adam Anthony Pilkington
Steven Gerrard Wesley Hoolahan
Stewart Downing David Fox
Craig Bellamy  Elliott Bennett
Luis Suarez Steve Morison
Substitutes Substitutes
Alexander Doni Declan Rudd
Daniel Agger Richie De Laet
Andy Carroll Andrew Crofts
Jay Spearing Andrew Surman
Jordan Henderson  Grant Holt
John Flanagan Simeon Jackson
Maxi Rodriguez Aaron Wilbraham
Substitutions
Grant Holt for Elliott Bennett 57'
Jordan Henderson for Craig Bellamy 69'
Andy Carroll for Stewart Downing 80'
Daniel Agger for Dirk Kuyt 90'
Andrew Crofts for Anthony Pilkington 90'
 
Goals
Craig Bellamy 46' Grant Holt 60'
   
   
   
Yellow Cards
  Marc Tierney 34'
   
   
   
   
Red Cards
   
   
Referee
Peter Walton
Attendance
44,931
LFC Player Ratings
Pepe Reina 6/10
Glen Johnson 6/10
Jamie Carragher 7/10
Martin Skrtel 7/10
Jose Enrique 6/10
Dirk Kuyt 7/10
Charlie Adam 8/10
Steven Gerrard 7/10
Stewart Downing 6/10
Craig Bellamy 7/10
Luis Suarez 9/10
Substitutes
Alexander Doni DNP
Daniel Agger 6/10
Andy Carroll 7/10
Jay Spearing DNP
Jordan Henderson 6/10
John Flanagan DNP
Maxi Rodriguez DNP
Referee
Peter Walton 5/10

Match Stats

Liverpool   Norwich City
56% Possession 44%
15 Shots On 10
10 Shots Off 2
10 Corners 3
6 Fouls 8
0 Yellow 1
0 Red 0


Head to Head - Norwich City