Liverpool 1-1 Norwich City – Match Review

Grant Holt came off the bench to rescue a valuable point for Norwich against a Liverpool side who will rue a series of missed chances in a frustrating night at Anfield.

Holt was the man on head to past Pepe Reina on the hour mark to bring the Canaries level after Craig Bellamy had put the home side ahead in first half stoppage time. Whilst the striker will take all the plaudits for his goal back to Norfolk the visitors had keeper John Ruddy to thank for pulling off an instinctive save to deny Luis Suarez late in the game. It was always going to be tough for Paul Lambert’s side to claim victory in Merseyside with Liverpool only losing one of their last 15 games at Anfield. Kenny Dalglish’s side were nine minutes from beating Manchester United last week and the Scot will be unhappy his side conceded another soft headed goal. He’ll also be struggling to understand how his side managed to score only once with the Reds having 25 shots on goal 15 of which are on target.

Liverpool dominated from the kick off with captain Steven Gerrard the driving force behind their play with his energy and dynamism proving too hot to handle for the newly promoted side. Martin Skrtel was the first to go close rattling the crossbar before Suarez struck the woodwork soon after seeing his shot tipped onto the post by Ruddy. Despite their supremacy the home side just couldn’t find a way past the Norwich keeper and were almost made to pay with Steve Morison and Anthony Pilkington threatening at the other end. The Canaries resolve was finally broken though in first half stoppage time as Bellamy latched onto a ball over the top to before placing it beyond Ruddy for his first goal since re-joining the club.

The visitors came out in the second half and looked a more disciplined outfit and their rejigged game plan paid off with Holt scoring three minutes after being sent on by Lambert. The hit man darted in-between Glen Johnson and Jamie Carragher to reach Pilkinton’s delicious delivery to plant a firm header past Reina. The duo combined again but this time Holt couldn’t find a way past Liverpool’s Spanish stopper who reacted well to push away the strikers header. With time running out the home side pressed for a winning goal and Suarez was denied by a superb block by Russell Martin and working himself into a shooting position. Substitute Andy Carroll then smashed an effort wide before Ruddy pulled off an outstanding save at the death instinctively turning away Suarez’s strike to guarantee a Lambert’s side a vital point.