Liverpool 5-1 Norwich: Luis Suárez loves scoring against the Canaries (video)

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Liverpool had this match done and dusted by the fifteenth minute, but Luis Suárez decided to keep heaping misery on poor Norwich all the same. By the 35th minute, the Reds forward had scored a hat trick, his third in as many seasons against the Canaries. In the second half, he added to his tally, picking up yet another goal and notching an assist. The trampled Norwich slide down into 16th, just a point above the drop.

Although the second goal from Suárez wasn’t the sort that drew gasps of astonishment from the crowd, the first and third were absolute beauties. The first goal from the Uruguayan came from a header by Steven Gerrard, which escaped a Norwich player to bounce in front of Suárez. He caught the bounce and smashed his shot in from about 35 yards, sending it looping through the air, over John Ruddy and into the top corner of the net.

The third goal was also pretty fantastic. Picking up a ball from Raheem Sterling, Suárez juggled it on his thigh, flipped it over the head of a hapless Norwich defender, and let his shot rip, this time from about 25 yards out. Ruddy was again unable to do a thing, with the ball flying into the bottom right corner.

Norwich looked utterly defeated by the time Suárez was through, but Chris Hughton’s halftime talk must’ve revived them just a little. Just after the restart Sebastien Bassong went close with a header, but put it just a bit high. Efforts rather petered out after that, and despite Hughton’s attempt to liven things up with his substitutions, it was Liverpool that were coming the closest, with Ryan Bennett forced to clear a Gerrard header. Then Suárez could have had a fourth on a quick counter, but Sterling elected to go it alone, and found himself relieved of the ball.

Eventually, though, the Uruguayan managed to add to his tally, knocking in his fourth with fifteen minutes left to play. It was yet another from distance, this time off a 25 yard free kick. Ruddy could do nothing as the ball bent around the Norwich wall to end up in the top corner.

Norwich did end up with a consolation prize, however: a goal from Bradley Johnson in the 83rd minute. The cross came in from Nathan Redmond and Johnson was able to get above Daniel Agger to flick on the header. It likely troubled Liverpool very little however — particularly since they managed yet another, in the 88th minute. This time it was Suárez providing the assist, sending the cross in for Sterling, who slotted home on the bounce.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Agger, Skrtel, Allen, Gerrard, Henderson (Alberto 69), Sterling, Coutinho, Suárez (Aspas 90)

Subs not used: Jones, Toure, Sakho, Moses, Lucas

Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, R Bennett, Bassong, Olsson, Johnson, Fer (Whittaker 72), Howson, Hoolahan (Murphy 62), Redmond, Elmander (Hooper 69)

Subs not used: Nash, Turner, Garrido, Becchio

Burnley’s Barnes: “Can we finish the season now?”

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Ashley Barnes broke his season duck in classy fashion, scoring and adding an assist as Burnley stayed in the thick of the race for Europe with a 2-0 win over Swansea City at Turf Moor on Saturday.

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The win shouldn’t be a surprise, as Burnley is humming in style. The Clarets entered the day with a win at Chelsea and draws at Liverpool and Spurs, so why would a visit from Swansea lead to anything than three points.

It’s dream world, really.

From the BBC:

“We’re on a fantastic run. We’re working hard every day and today we were different class.

“Can we finish the season now? No, I’m kidding. there’s still a long way to go and we need to pick up as many points as possible.”

Every win makes more and more believers of the Burnley Football Club. Perhaps more important to the Clarets, each win makes it less likely that Sean Dyche will leave the club for a better gig (Everton), at least right now.

Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton: Toffees battle back for point

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  • Eagles took lead through McArthur, Zaha
  • Baines, Niasse equalized
  • Palace remain bottom of PL table

Crystal Palace and Everton played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

The Eagles twice took the lead in a wild first half with James McArthur giving Palace the lead less than a minute in but Leighton Baines soon equalized from the penalty spot. Wilfried Zaha made it 2-1 but Oumar Niasse equalized right on half time and it finished 2-2 after a tense second half.

With the point Palace stay bottom of the table on five points, while Everton are in 16th place on 12 points.

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A rapid start to the game saw Palace take the lead with just 51 seconds on the clock.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek‘s shot was saved by Jordan Pickford but McArthur was on hand to tap home and give the Eagles an early lead.

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Soon after Everton were level as Oumar Niasse went down under Scott Dann‘s challenge in the box and Baines smashed home the spot kick. 1-1 with less than seven minutes in.

10 minutes before half time Palace retook the lead as Joel Ward’s cross found Zaha and his flick beat Pickford to make it 2-1. Just when it looked like Palace would lead at half time, Everton leveled.

Julian Speroni had a howler as he gave the ball straight to Idrissa Gana Gueye who played it to Gylfi Sigurdsson who put it on a plate for Niasse to make it 2-2. The Senegalese forward came so close to joining Palace on Transfer Deadline Day back in the summer and came back to haunt them.

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A tense second half saw plenty of players booked in the rain in south London as Palace pushed hard for the winner with Loftus-Cheek going close but Everton’s defense held firm.

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Late on Christian Benteke, on his long-awaited return from injury, also went close for Palace but the game ended even at Selhurst.

WATCH LIVE: Manchester United vs. Newcastle United

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Paul Pogba returns for Manchester United, who welcomes Newcastle United to Old Trafford on Saturday (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via NBCSports.com).

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic makes the bench for the Red Devils, which also has Ander Herrera and Jesse Lingard as options.

Rafa Benitez will look to best his old nemesis with Dwight Gayle and Joselu up top.

LINEUPS

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Young, Matic, Pogba, Mata, Rashford, Martial, Lukaku. Subs: Romero, Rojo, Shaw, Fellaini, Herrera, Lingard, Ibrahimovic.

Newcastle United: Elliot; Yedlin, Lejeune, Clark, Manquillo; Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Murphy; Gayle, Joselu. Subs: Darlow, Gamez, Mbemba, Diame, Aarons, Perez, Mitrovic.

Burnley 2-0 Swansea City: Clarets stay hot

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  • 29 total shot attempts
  • Cork scores
  • Barnes goal, assist

Ashley Barnes and Jack Cork scored to lead Burnley to a 2-0 win over visiting Swansea City at Turf Moor on Saturday.

Barnes also had an assist as the Clarets kept pace with the Top Four chasers. With 22 points, Burnley is a point back of fourth and seven clear of eighth.

Swansea remains in the drop zone, with eight points.

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Cork’s fine week continued following his England call-up, and he bested his old club to open the scoring, starting a move that Ashley Barnes and Robbie Brady advanced for Cork to head home from six yards. 1-0.

Barnes turned scorer for Burnley’s second, hammering a 19-yard ball past Lukasz Fabianski to make it 2-0.

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