“Never say die” – Liverpool supporters react to 5-4 win at Norwich City

on 23.01.2016

Liverpool put supporters through the motions in a remarkable 5-4 victory away to Norwich City on Saturday afternoon.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - Friday, January 22, 2016: Liverpool's Adam Lallana celebrates scoring the fifth, and winning, goal against Norwich City to seal a late 5-4 victory with manager Jürgen Klopp during the Premiership match at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool

Premier League – Carrow Road – Saturday 23rd January 2016

Goals: Firmino 18′, 63′, Henderson 55′, Milner 75′, Lallana 90+4′; Mbokani 29′, Naismith 41′, Hoolahan 54′ (pen), Bassong 90+3′

Adding to a long line of incredible scorelines between Liverpool and Norwich, a late Adam Lallana strike sealed an breathtaking victory for the Reds.

Article continues below

Roberto Firmino scored twice, while both Jordan Henderson and James Milner added to their tallies for the season.

But defensive errors undermined Liverpool’s attacking brilliance, seeing goals from Norwich’s Dieumerci Mbokani, Steven Naismith, Wes Hoolahan and Sebastian Bassong.

With the clock running down, Lallana found himself in the perfect position to fire home the winner, sparking the travelling Kop into life and sealing a 5-4 win for the Reds.

Here’s how supporters reacted to Saturday’s nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road.

Starting slowly, with Norwich enjoying the majority of possession in dangerous areas, Liverpool looked to be suffering from a hangover from Wednesday night’s FA Cup action.

Against the run of play however, starting centre-forward Firmino benefited from an excellent pass from Milner to bundled the ball past Declan Rudd to put the Reds 1-0 up.

It wasn’t long before Norwich pegged Liverpool back, with Mbokani sending a powerful backheeled effort through Simon Mignolet, provoking a familiar reaction from supporters.

Article continues below

This misery was compounded as an emphatic Naismith run saw the ex-Everton midfielder put Norwich 2-1 ahead, with Mignolet, Henderson and Lucas Leiva all culpable.

This saw supporters head into half-time with a feeling of apathy.

Hoolahan piled on the disappointment, benefiting from a poor Alberto Moreno challenge to fire a penalty kick into the Liverpool net, giving Norwich a two-goal lead.

This didn’t last for long however, with Liverpool desperate to secure a result, and Henderson grabbed one back minutes later with a first-time volley.

Firmino then levelled the scores by prodding home following a perfectly weighted cross from Lallana.

Norwich gifted Milner with a goal shortly after, with Russell Martin’s shocking backpass giving the vice-captain the opportunity to slot the ball beyond Rudd.

A powerful finish from Norwich centre-back Bassong look set to consign the Reds to a disappointing draw…

…but Lallana’s strike soon followed, with Klopp’s passionate celebration, joining his side on the touchline, captured the overwhelming joy of the Liverpool support.

It was a wholly unexpected outcome to an early afternoon outing at Carrow Road, but Klopp’s joy underlines the significance of this result.

Liverpool will now take on Stoke City in Tuesday night’s League Cup semi-final second leg with a renewed sense of optimism.


Fans Are Reading

More LFC news, opinion & videos

Fan Comments

Comments are retrospectively moderated. Some could be subject to delays before publication. They must obey the comment policy. Comments load below.

Please only discuss the article above. General chat can be made on our forums at forums.thisisanfield.com


      • That’s too harsh. Before he was hurt he was a beast, Moreno also was playing better after that.

        The whole defending is up to all the players including the DMF in Lucas who for the Naismith goal was just watching. Team effort, not individuals.

  1. Doubters to believers. We defend set-pieces like pansies but credit that we kept going. Another plus is that Bobby Firmino is getting better and better.

      • Teams now know we’re jittery and have more belief they will score from a set-piece. We don’t have the characters and type of players who defend well and are desperate not to be beaten in individual duels.

          • If you remember this is a legacy from the previous manager. You can coach and prepare a side and ask them to do their jobs but it’s up to them to stay disciplined and do it. But if you assemble too many individuals without the right characteristics you’ll continue to have the problem to a lesser or greater degree.

      • we’ve had a garbage defence since 2012, it’s not just appeared, it’s now hard wired into the team.

        Also Migs insisting on being glued to the line hurts us badly too and the whole defence ends up being too deep because of it. Change the keeper and everything changes from there.

  2. Clyne and Moreno need to remember their priority is to defend first and attack second…and that penalty… Maybe Flanno should be given a chance?

  3. I’m not a big fan of stats but this one I do like.

    No Premier League team has scored more goals after the 75th minute than Liverpool (7) since Jürgen Klopp’s appointment.

    He has brought that never say die spirit to this club. We just need a GK and one or two defenders.

  4. This is just perfect! 3 points, we score goals and the win will not overshadow all the issues that’s need to be fixed. Moreno and Sakho are two of my favorites, but they continue to disappoint at the moment. Benteke is starting to win me over, he is improving, better movement and he is actually very good on the ball. Great contribution from Lallana.
    Happy that I put Firms in my Fantasy team today as well :-)

    • Benteke may yet be one to keep. Never thought I would say that :) but he is starting to show he is a footballer not just a target man. Klopp is giving everyone until end of season, so who knows?

      • Agree Steven. I really hope that I can eat my words with regards to Ben, Lallana and Migs as soon as possible.

      • Especially Lovren, he’s maybe the one who has improved most under Klopp so far. We will never know, but I guess he would have pushed our defense out after Hendos clearance before the first goal against. Not too sure if Skrtel would’ve done the same.

        • yep, exactly right. If Migs owned his 6 yard box then the defence would be forced to push forwards on any clearance, then any ball coming back in will be Migs if he’s front footed or the attackers are likely to be offside.

          Migs stays glued to his line and all the problems stem from there.

        • He clears the ball like a no nonsense defender these days…bloody Sakho with his half-a r $ ed attempts at heading the ball back to a Norwich City player…that to me is unacceptable and what will eventually lead to a goal being scored.

  5. The reason we have trouble defending is because this ex Rodgers team was so obsessed with attacking, even the full backs, so there has been no focus on proper defending as an art.
    We need a different breed of player in the full back positions, .

  6. never say die ..its never say defend .. gud win but not like this .. alll leaked goals ..poor marking .. thx top forminho who actually was tehpalyer and lallana brilliant strike in teh end to notch a great win .. moreno and simon have to leave !!

  7. Well 3 points hopefully this summer klopp will get rid of every center back at the cub and start again .moreno too one of the most brainless left backs in our history .on the plus side we may get someone decent in with the money we get of Newcastle or west ham for benteke who makes Andy carrol look like messi

  8. Does anyone else think Henderson is failing as a captain? I just can’t see what he brings to the table as captain , good player but it seems more like a burden than something he embraces

    • He’s the best we have at the moment. He didn’t play particularly well today but dragging the side back from being 1-3 down and looking to get the ball back to the centre is what we want to see.
      In anycase we put too much stall on being a Captain in this country, we should have 11 Captains on the pitch and we’re lacking leaders, that is more of a worry than Hendo being the one with the armband.

      • But as past captains before hendo they’ve all inspired in there own way i just don’t see hendo having the respect or confidence to do so n yeah it’d be great if we had 11 leaders on the pitch but teams rarely do but you expect the captain at least to lead and inspire,motivate .

        • Which he has done in part. Coming back from a long injury it has taken him a little time to find his rythmn, but his partnership with Can and the way he’s helped to cotrol the midfield shows he is leading by example.

          I think we have been spoilt by the many years of good service Stevie G has given us.

  9. I love you Kloppo, but the biggest mistake you made is offering Mignolet a new contract. Before the end, you will realise the criticality and magnitude of that error – if it is not merely an asset preservation exercise.

    Simon Mignolet is a disease and has infected everyone.
    Eradicate that disease, watch this side concede less goals.

  10. No mention of Can being at fault for their second? Wasn’t he the one that Naismith trotted right on NY?

Leave a Reply