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Liverpool 5 Vs Norwich 0

 

Danial Sturride got off to a flier at Norwich and justified his £12 million fee and win over a demanding audience, forcing Liverpool historians to update their record books.

In scoring his third goal in his first three games in this rout over Norwich City, Daniel Sturridge joined an elite group of seven Liverpool players who have achieved the same feat.

You need to flick though the pages of the history books back to 1974 and a certain Ray Kennedy a prolific striker who moved from London to Merseyside to record that feat. There is a certain symmetry with Kennedy who eventually moved from being a forward to the win with Sturridge who has also moved from the capital to Anfield to make the reverse journey from the wings to central striker, having spent most of his time at Chelsea on the fringes.

After Sturridge tapped in following Stewart Downing’s volleyed cross on 58 minutes, if another goal was not satisfying enough, the chant of 'Sturridge’ from The Kop — an echo of that usually reserved for 'Fowler’ and 'Dalglish’ no less – signalled the swiftness of the 23-year-old’s impact.

As well as Sturridge and the brilliance of Suárez — who struck his 20th of the season – it was the renaissance of Jordan Henderson that left a lingering impression and yet another lesson to those no-marks on the Kop who moved from baiting Lucas to Henderson.

Henderson’s classical volley from 20 yards gave Liverpool the impetus. Suárez effectively ended the game before half-time, benefiting from his new strike partner’s dummy after a Lucas Leiva defence cutter.
Gerrard rammed home the fourth from 25 yards on 66 minutes, before Ryan Bennett deflected substitute Raheem Sterling’s effort into his own net. Norwich, having conceded five to Liverpool earlier this season, were torn to shreds by the ultimate in flat-track bullying.

I have been saying for a while that Jordan Henderson will come good, you don’t run the Sunderland midfield at 19-years old if you’re not a good play. Rodgers may take as much satisfaction from the ovation given to Henderson shortly before full-time. The 22-year-old carried the demeanour of a startled bunny suffering anxiety attacks during his first season on Merseyside, so much so he suffered the ignominy of being offered to Fulham last summer.

Such timidity was unrecognisable when swinging his right boot to give his side a thoroughly deserved lead on 26 minutes, not just because of the beauty of the strike, but also his interplay, desire to take possession and dynamic forward runs.

Rodgers must take credit for this, reshaping his formation to ensure Henderson was able to take possession facing goal. It also shows how Sturridge’s introduction can galvanise others, his inclusion forcing a change of shape, playing a more narrow but also adaptable formation.

 

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