Week 23: Liverpool edge nine-goal thriller at Norwich, Chelsea see off 10-man Arsenal

It was goals galore at Carrow Road as a Adam Lallana’s first goal of the season helped Liverpool overcome Norwich in a nine-goal thriller to grab all three points with a 5-4 win.

Roberto Firmino put the visitors in front on 18 minutes but Dieumerci’s Mbokani’s backheel levelled things up on the half hour mark, before former Everton man Steven Naismith netted on his debut firing into the far bottom corner to put Norwich 2-1 up.

Adam Lallana's 95th strike saw Liverpool snatch all three points from Norwich image: theguardian.com

Adam Lallana’s 95th strike saw Liverpool snatch all three points from Norwich
image: theguardian.com

Wes Hoolahan fired from the penalty spot after Alberto Moreno fouled Naismith to extend Norwich’s lead on 54 minutes, but Jordan Henderson narrowed the deficit just a minute later from with a coll finish from inside the box.

An unmarked Firmino showed great composure to fire home Liverpool’s equaliser on 63 minutes, while James Milner took advantage of a Russell Martin error to put the Reds in front with 15 minutes remaining.

Sebastien Bassong fired home from 20 yards as Norwich thought they has earned a much deserved point, but they left the game with nothing thanks to Lallana’s 95th minute injury time volley.

Leicester showed no signs of fading away from the title picture as they recaptured top spot, with Jamie Vardy getting back to scoring ways and further goals from Danny Drinkwater and Leonardo Ulloa seeing the Foxes thrash Stoke 3-0.

Man City had Sergio Aguero to thank as the Argentine striker’s double helped Manuel Pellegrini’s side rescued a point after a 2-2 draw with West Ham to move into second place.

Enner Valencia fired home inside the first minute as the visitors got off to a nightmare start but Aguero’s ninth-minute spotkick brought the title challengers back level.

Valencia scored pounced from close range nine minutes after the break to put the Hammers back in front but West Ham were to be denied a league double over City, when Aguero tucked the ball into the bottom corner to rescue a point for Man City.

Arsenal slipped back to third as Chelsea completed a league double over their London rivals thanks to a first-half Diego Costa strike that secured a 1-0 win over 10-man Arsenal.

The Gunners lost German defender Per Mertesacker early on when he was handed a straight red card and Diego Costa’s 23rd minute strike proved to be the winner, as the Spaniard fired in at near post from Branislav Ivanovic’s cross.

Man United’s season hit another major blow as Southampton won at Old Trafford for the second straight season after debutant Charlie Austin headed in an 87th winner for the Saints and piled the pressure on United boss Louis van Gaal.

Tottenham came from behind to beat Crystal Palace 3-1 as Mauricio Pochettino’s side five points clear of fifth placed Man United in the race for Champions League football with Dele Alli scoring the pick of the bunch.

Elsewhere, Francesco Guidolin got off to winning start as the new Swansea manager who claimed all three points at Everton, while Patrick van Aanholt scored again as Sunderland rescued a 1-1 draw against Bournemouth.

Charlie Austin's first Sainst goal helped them secure victory at Old Trafford image: 365football.org

Charlie Austin’s first Saints goal helped them secure victory at Old Trafford
image: 365football.org

Saturday 23 Jan

Norwich 4-5 Liverpool (Mbokani 29, Naismith 41, Hoolahan pen 54, Bassong 90 | Firmino 18, 63, Henderson 55, Milner 74, Lallana 90)
Crystal Palace 1-3 Tottenham (Vertonghen o/g 30 | Kane 63, Alli 84, Chadli 90)
Leicester 3-0 Stoke (Drinkwater 42, Vardy 66, Ulloa 87)
Man United 0-1 Southampton (Austin 87)
Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth (van Aaanholt 45 | Afobe 13)
Watford 2-1 Newcastle (Ighalo 46, Cathcart 58, Lascelles 71)
West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa
West Ham 2-2 Man City (Valencia 1, 56 | Aguero pen 9, 81)

Sunday 24 Jan

Everton 1-2 Swansea (Cork o/g 26 | Sigurdsson pen 27, Ayew 34)
Arsenal 0-1 Chelsea (Mertesacker s/o 18 | Costa 23)

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