Ster­ling, Suarez help Liver­pool go five clear

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Luis Suarez fired his 30th league goal of the sea­son and Ra­heem Ster­ling hit a brace as Liver­pool moved five points clear at the top of the Pre­mier League with a roller­coaster 3-2 win at Nor­wich.

The Uruguayan striker, who is the clear favourite to be crowned PFA player of the year, dou­bled the Reds’ ad­van­tage on 11 min­utes with a clin­i­cal side foot fin­ish.

It looked to have put the vis­i­tors on easy street af­ter they broke the dead­lock mo­ments ear­lier when Ra­heem Ster­ling siz­zled a stun­ning 25-yard strike into the cor­ner.

It was the worst pos­si­ble start for Nor­wich but they re­duced the ar­rears af­ter the break when Gary Hooper tucked into an empty net af­ter Si­mon Mig­no­let’s clanger.

Liver­pool were un­der the cosh but re­gained their twogoal ad­van­tage soon af­ter when Ster­ling’s dy­namic run ended with a shot that looped off Bradley John­son and over the stranded John Ruddy.

The home side re­fused to give up hope, how­ever, and they made it a nervy fi­nale when Robert Sn­od­grass rose to head home Martin Ols­son’s left-wing cross 13 min­utes from time.

The re­sult sees Liver­pool se­cure an 11th straight win and moves them five points clear of sec­ond-placed Chelsea ahead of next Sun­day’s show­down be­tween the two sides at An­field.

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