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Norwich City 4-5 Liverpool: Adam Lallana's late goal wins nine-goal thriller for Reds

Published 23/01/2016

With his shirt off, Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (C) celebrates scoring their late winning goal with teammates and Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (3rd R), as Norwich City's Scottish coach Alex Neil (R) looks on during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. Liverpool won the game 5-4. AFP/Getty Images
With his shirt off, Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (C) celebrates scoring their late winning goal with teammates and Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (3rd R), as Norwich City's Scottish coach Alex Neil (R) looks on during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. Liverpool won the game 5-4. AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 23-01-2016 of Liverpool's Adam Lallana (20) celebrates with his team-mates and manager Jurgen Klopp after scoring his side's fifth goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PA
Adam Lallana (C) of Liverpool ceelbrates scoring his team's fifth goal with his team mates and manager Jurgen Klopp (2nd R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
With his shirt off, Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana (C) celebrates scoring their late winning goal with teammates and Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (2nd R) during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. Liverpool won the game 5-4. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) celebrates after the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. Liverpool won the game 5-4. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
With his shirt off, Liverpool's English midfielder Adam Lallana celebrates scoring their late winning goal with Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) holding his glasses during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. Liverpool won the game 5-4. AFP/Getty Images
Adam Lallana (L) of Liverpool ceelbrates scoring his team's fifth goal with his manager Jurgen Klopp (R) and team mate Kolo Toure (C) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
Liverpool's Lucas Leiva (right) and Norwich City's Matthew Jarvis in action during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 23, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Jon Buckle/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores his side's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Carrow Road, Norwich. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday January 23, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Norwich. Photo credit should read: Jon Buckle/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Norwich City's Irish midfielder Wes Hoolahan (R) celebrates with Norwich City's Scottish striker Steven Naismith (L) after scoring their third goal during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. Liverpool won the game 5-4. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno (L) vies with Norwich CityÕs Scottish striker Steven Naismith during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at the Carrow Road stadium in Norwich, Norfolk, England on January 23rd, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Spanish defender Alberto Moreno (L) vies with Norwich City's Scottish striker Steven Naismith during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. Liverpool won the game 5-4. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
LiverpoolÕs captain English midfielder James Milner celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
LiverpoolÕs captain English midfielder James Milner celebrates scoring their fourth goal during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
Norwich City's Congolese striker Dieumerci Mbokani (L) turns to celebrate after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's Brazilian midfielder Roberto Firmino (R) celebrates with Liverpool's English midfielder Jordan Henderson and Liverpool's English midfielder Jordon Ibe (C) after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England, on January 23, 2016. AFP PHOTO / LINDSEY PARNABY RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Adam Lallana (C) of Liverpool ceelbrates scoring his team's fifth goal with his team mates and manager Jurgen Klopp (2nd R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Adam Lallana (C) of Liverpool ceelbrates scoring his team's fifth goal with his team mates and manager Jurgen Klopp (2nd R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool reacts after his challenge on Steven Naismith of Norwich City resulting in the penalty kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Ivo Pinto (C) of Norwich City and Adam Lallana of Liverpool compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: James Milner of Liverpool celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Jordan Henderson (L) of Liverpool celebrate with Emre Can (R) after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Adam Lallana of Liverpool in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Roberto Firmino (L) of Liverpool ceelbrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mates Jordan Henderson (C) and Adam Lallana (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool and Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Wes Hoolahan (L) of Norwich City converts the penalty to score his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Wes Hoolahan (R) of Norwich City celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mate Steven Naismith (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Wes Hoolahan (R) of Norwich City celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mate Steven Naismith (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Steven Naismith of Norwich City is fouled by Alberto Moreno of Liverpool resulting in the penalty kick during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Wes Hoolahan (L) of Norwich City converts the penalty to score his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Wes Hoolahan (R) of Norwich City celebrates scoring his team's third goal with his team mate Steven Naismith (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Jonathan Howson of Norwich City controls the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Young football fans wait for players' arrival prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Timm Klose of Norwich City warms up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during the warm up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool looks on during the warm up prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Matchday scarves are on sale prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: A general view of the stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Matchday programmes are on sale prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Norwich City uniforms are displayed at the official marchandise prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Norwich City mug cups are on sale at the official marchandise prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Norwich City uniforms are displayed at the official marchandise prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Matchday scarves are on sale at a stall outside the stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Bicycles are parked outside the stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Matchday programmes are on sale prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 23: Matchday scarf is on sale at a stall outside the stadium prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on January 23, 2016 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Adam Lallana's last-minute strike gave Liverpool an astonishing first Barclays Premier League win of 2016 in a nine-goal thriller at Norwich.

Jurgen Klopp's men had trailed 3-1 with under 30 minutes to go, then led 4-3 before Sebastien Bassong's stoppage-time strike levelled matters.


But there was still time for substitute Lallana to mis-hit a shot into the ground and secure a 5-4 victory as Liverpool's own defensive failings were eclipsed by Norwich's at Carrow Road.

Klopp celebrated on the pitch with a shirtless Lallana, but there is much work to do if the Reds are to advance to the Capital One Cup final at the expense of Stoke, visitors to Anfield for the semi-final second leg on Tuesday night.

It had looked like new signing Steven Naismith would be an instant hero for the Canaries after Dieumerci Mbokani cancelled out Roberto Firmino's opener with a brilliant back-heel.

Naismith scored his first Everton goal against Liverpool and, on his debut following his move from Goodison Park, the Scot struck again to give the Canaries a 2-1 half-time lead.

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Poor defending allowed Norwich to further extend their advantage when Alberto Moreno felled Naismith in the box and Wes Hoolahan converted the resulting penalty.

Jordan Henderson reduced the deficit from a gaping hole in the Norwich defence and another appeared allowing Firmino to equalise with 27 minutes remaining.

James Milner converted for 4-3 after capitalising on Russell Martin's dreadful pass back before the late drama.

The Canaries looked lively early on, with Naismith, Nathan Redmond and Hoolahan floating around in spaces between Liverpool's defence and midfield. But it was Liverpool who struck first.

Moreno and Milner combined well on the left and the latter fed Firmino.

The Brazilian was played onside by Robbie Brady and his scuffed shot went in via the boot of Declan Rudd and the post.

Brady recovered well to deny Milner inside the area moments later before Norwich exposed Liverpool's aerial vulnerability to draw level when the visitors twice failed to clear a corner.

Graham Dorrans headed back in and Mbokani did the rest, controlling the ball with his back to goal before his improvised finish left Sakho sprawling on the floor.

Liverpool's defence was again found wanting when Hoolahan beat Henderson and found Naismith, who finished brilliantly across goal for an interval lead.

Naismith next stole in on the wrong side of Moreno before the left-back lunged in from behind.

It might have been a foul, but Moreno made certain by recklessly bundling Naismith over from behind. Hoolahan converted the penalty.

Liverpool pulled one back within moments as Firmino flicked Nathaniel Clyne's cross on to an unmarked Henderson, who swept in.

The Reds equalised when Milner found Lallana, who centred for Firmino to control the ball once and prod it past Rudd.

It went from bad to worse for Norwich as Martin inexplicably passed back in the direction of Rudd without looking.

Milner intercepted and finished calmly to restore Liverpool's advantage only for Bassong to finish superbly from 22 yards for what he thought was the equaliser.

There was another twist to come, though, as Norwich failed to clear and Lallana's shot looped over Rudd.

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