London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Jordan Henderson and Daniel Sturridge scored two goals apiece to carry Liverpool to a crucial 4-3 win over Swansea City Sunday at Anfield, keeping its Premier League title bid alive.
Sturridge became only the second player behind Manchester United forward Ruud van Nistelrooy to net in eight consecutive Premier League fixtures as Liverpool came within four points of leader Chelsea.
“He showed great leadership, Jordan. You could see him driving the team on. His first goal was an outstanding goal,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said of Henderson.
Rodgers also heaped praises on Sturridge, whom he called as a natural goalscorer.
It took just three minutes for Sturridge to break the deadlock while Henderson added another score in the 20th minute to put Liverpool ahead by two goals.
However, Jonjo Shelvey and Wilfried Bony scored within three minutes of each other as Swansea City leveled the match before Sturridge netted again before the break to take his tally for the season to 18 league goals.
Early in the second half, Bony recorded his eighth goal from the spot but Henderson had the last say as his close-range finish 16 minutes from time sealed the win for Liverpool.
With the loss, Swansea remained four points above the drop zone after winning just two of its last 13 league games.
Meanwhile, Loic Remy’s stoppage-time goal ended Newcastle United’s barren run at St James’ Park with a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
Robert Snodgrass gave Norwich City’s Premier League survival hopes a huge boost by sealing a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Carrow Road.
The win was Norwich’s first in five top-flight matches and its first at home over Spurs in the league since 1991. Spurs failed to score for the first time under Tim Sherwood in the league and end the weekend six points adrift of the top four.