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    NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Adam Lallana (2nd R) of Liverpool ceelbrates scoring his team's fifth goal with his manager Jurgen Klopp (1st R) and team mate Kolo Toure (3rd R), Lucas Leiva (2nd L) and Roberto Firmino (1st L) during the Barclays Premier L


Liverpool have snatched victory in one of the last plays of the game to defeat a dejected Norwich 5-4 in a see-sawing contest at Carrow Road.

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In a match that stakes a claim for one of the most extraordinary games of the Premier League era, it was substitute Adam Lallana's 95th minute strike that proved to be the difference.

Liverpool, who hadn't won in the league since they pipped Sunderland on New Year's Eve had only claimed one point from their last three performances were under pressure to produce a win in order to keep above the likes of Southampton, Stoke and Watford.

Norwich suffered disappointing defeats to Stoke (3-1) and Bournemouth (3-0) in recent weeks and Alex Neil's men were looking to bounce back in style against a Liverpool team that struggled to make their chances count in their home loss to Manchester United last week.

Roberto Firmino continued his good form of late by producing the first goal of the match which trickled in off the far post after a neat assist by James Milner.

Dieumerci Mbokani responded in lovely fashion with his fourth goal of the season, beating Simon Mignolet with a clever backheel after yet another set-piece that Liverpool failed to defend adequately.

New signing Steven Naismith recently arrived from Everton for a fee of 8.5 million pounds and proved his worth on debut, four minutes before half-time with a superb strike from a difficult angle, beating Mignolet, who seemed capable of preventing the goal.

Naismith was instrumental in the Canaries' third as he was fouled twice by Alberto Moreno in the box, allowing Wes Hoolahan to convert, just beating Mignolet who went the right way.

Almost immediately, Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson responded with a well-directed low volley to beat Declan Rudd in goal and reduce the margin to one again with Nathaniel Clyne providing the cross, slowly touched on by Firmino into the path of Henderson.

Adam Lallana made a stunning impact on the pitch after being brought on by Jurgen Klopp in place of Jordon Ibe, bringing energy and vibrance to the Liverpool side and provided the sumptuous final ball for Firmino to delicately slot home past Rudd for his second of the match and Liverpool's equaliser.

With 15 minutes to go, Russell Martin's awful back pass allowed James Milner to sprint away and convert for Liverpool to remarkably regain their lead, silencing the Norwich home crowd and lowering the confidence of the Norwich players.

However a game of this quality still contained more goals and Sebastian Bassong emphatically equalised for the Canaries in the 2nd minute of added time with a powerful strike hit into the back of the net in front of the euphoric home crowd.

There was still a twist in the tale though. While Liverpool fans believed they had yet again surrendered a lead late in the game, they managed to show more resilience than they had all season, with Adam Lallana ultimately securing the vital three points with a left-footed strike hit into the ground and over into the top right of the net. Lallana's winner was met with rapturous reactions from the Liverpool faithful while Lallana comically knocked off his manager's glasses in the process of celebrating.


Norwich were left to succumb and rue a third straight defeat while Liverpool can gain confidence from what has been missing in recent weeks - their finishing- after being able to fire home five goals on Saturday.

Liverpool climbed to seventh spot from the victory and sit on 34 points. Southampton's 1-0 victory over Manchester United keeps Liverpool in touch with their close rivals by three points while Stoke's defeat to Leicester prevented Liverpool from possibly dropping to eighth.

Meanwhile Norwich continue to flirt dangerously with the relegation zone, teetering above Newcastle in 18th place by just two points.

Liverpool face a busy week ahead in three different competitions. The second leg of the Capital One Cup final against Stoke kicks off on the 27th of January with Liverpool holding a slender 1-0 lead playing at home, before their Round of 32 FA Cup clash with West Ham on the 31st of January before the tough road trip to the King Power Stadium to face league leaders Leicester City.

Norwich, knocked out of both domestic cups, face the usual week break before welcoming Tottenham to Carrow Road for another tough match. 


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