Reds go marching on
LIVERPOOL took another step towards a first league title since 1990 after winning 3-2 at Norwich City yesterday to pull five points clear in the English Premier League.
Quick-fire early goals from Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez put the visitors in control at Carrow Road, before Gary Hooper replied for fourth-bottom Norwich in the 54th minute.
Sterling appeared to have made the points safe with a deflected shot minutes later, but a late Robert Snodgrass header obliged Liverpool to endure a nerve-racking last 10 minutes.
It was Liverpool's 11th consecutive league victory. It means that they are guaranteed to qualify for next season's Champions League, but Brendan Rodgers' side now have a bigger prize in their sights.
They need seven points from their remaining three games to win the league and can eliminate Chelsea from the title race by winning at home to Jose Mourinho's side next weekend.
Chelsea's shock 2-1 defeat at home to Sunderland on Saturday, coupled with Manchester City's draw against the same side in mid-week, had given Liverpool a huge opportunity to stamp their authority on the title race.
Suarez also scored his 30th Premier League goal of the season to become the first Liverpool player to achieve the feat since the legendary Ian Rush in 1987.
The Uruguayan reached the milestone in the 11th minute at Carrow Road. He is now one goal short of the record goal tally for a 38-game Premier League season, which is jointly held by Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Meanwhile, Mourinho angrily mocked match officials after suffering his first home defeat in the EPL on Saturday. It was his first loss in 78 home league matches at the helm of the London club.
Referring to match referee Mike Dean, who awarded the 82nd-minute penalty from which Fabio Borini scored the winning goal, he said: "Congratulations to Mike Dean because he made a fantastic performance.
"And congratulations to Mike Riley (head of refereeing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited) because what they did during the season was fantastic for the way the championship is going.
"So congratulations to all of them, and I have nothing more to say. I'm sorry."
The penalty incident saw Cesar Azpilicueta penalised for sliding in alongside Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore, who lost his balance after placing his standing foot on the Chelsea full-back's leg.