Reds go fifth with win
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 3, 2005 12:24pm
Liverpool climbed up to fifth spot in the Premiership table with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Norwich at Carrow Road on Monday.
Second half goals from Luis Garcia and John Arne Riise were enough to give Liverpool all three points, although they were made to sweat for the victory after Ryan Jarvis pulled a goal back late on.
Liverpool forced the early pressure and Simon Charlton got in a vital block on six minutes to keep out Riise's shot heading towards goal.
Norwich defender Gary Doherty had a sight of goal three minutes later when the ball dropped to him inside the box from a corner, but he sliced his shot well wide of the target.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard tried his best to lead by example and he fired in a fierce shot from long range wide of Robert Green's goal.
Doherty had another half chance for Norwich on 19 minutes when he rose above Riise to meet Phil Mulryne's free kick, but he could not direct his header on target.
The home side almost caught Liverpool on the break on 21 minutes when Darren Huckerby burst down the left and crossed for Mattias Jonson on the right only for the Swede to hit a weak shot straight at Jerzy Dudek.
Gerrard went close to breaking the deadlock on 25 minutes when he worked a short free kick with Stephen Warnock wide on the left and hit a ferocious shot just wide of goal.
Riise had Liverpool's best chance of the half five minutes later when Craig Fleming's header fell nicely to him inside the box, but the Norwegian dragged his shot wide on his weaker right foot.
Doherty continued to look dangerous from set pieces and close to half time he got on the end of Charlton's free kick to fire a header straight at Dudek.
Garcia had a chance right on the half-time whistle when Gerrard picked him out unmarked on the edge of the area, but the Spaniard wastefully blasted his effort over the crossbar.
McKenzie had a half chance on 53 minutes when he rose highest to meet Mulryne's free kick, but his header lacked the power to trouble Dudek.
Norwich had claims for a penalty turned down two minutes later by referee Howard Webb when Huckerby's cross appeared to come off the hand of Jamie Carragher.
Liverpool made the vital breakthrough on 58 minutes, with Garcia latching onto Riise's superb through ball and coolly lobbing his shot over the onrushing Green into the net.
The visitors doubled their lead six minutes later when Riise slotted home into an empty net after substitute Florent Sinama Pongolle's shot was pushed out into his path by Green.
Liverpool were now enjoying themselves and Gerrard forced Green into a good save on 68 minutes with a shot from the edge of the area after good work between Garcia and Pongolle.
Norwich gave themselves hope two minutes from time, with substitute Ryan Jarvis pulling a goal back with his first goal of the season.
Jonson played in Jarvis wide on the right and he cut inside substitute Djimi Traore before sending a brilliant shot past Dudek, but it was too little too late for Norwich.
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