London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Raheem Sterling scored twice while Luis Suarez added another goal as Liverpool opened up a five-point lead in the Premier League standings with a 3-2 win over Norwich City Saturday at Carrow Road.
Liverpool’s 11th straight Premier League win — a club record — puts it firmly in the driver’s seat for a first top-flight title since 1990, while Norwich remain just two points above the relegation zone.
“I think he is the best young player in European football at the moment. He is 19 years of age and I don’t see anyone better. He is intelligent with the ball and he has been concentrating on scoring goals,” Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said of Sterling.
“His overall performance has shown so much maturity and, for me, he is the best young player in European football at the moment,” he added.
Sterling and Suarez scored within the opening 11 minutes as Norwich failed to deal with a trademark blistering start from Liverpool.
Sterling picked up where he left off against Manchester City last Sunday by firing Rodgers’ men ahead with a goal in the fourth minute.
Norwich’s nemesis Suarez, who has 12 goals in just five matches against the club, doubled the advantage after seven minutes.
Norwich responded superbly in the 54th minute with a goal from Gary Hooper but Sterling restored the two-goal lead in the 62nd minute.
Norwich threatened when Robert Snodgrass headed home a Martin Olsson’s cross in the 77th minute but Liverpool kept Neil Adams’ wards in the final 13 minutes for the win.
Arsenal and Everton kept the race for the fourth and final UEFA Champions League spot tight after scoring crucial victories.
Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Lukas Podolski fired Arsenal to a 3-0 win at Hull City while Everton blanked Manchester United, 2-0.
Ramsey, starting his first match since Boxing Day after a thigh injury, netted his ninth league goal of the season to give Arsenal the lead at the KC Stadium before setting up Podolski to double his side’s advantage before the break.
The Germany forward netted his fourth goal in two games early in the second half after Ramsey had been denied by Steve Harper.
With the win, Arsenal remained one point ahead of Everton for fourth place in the standings.