Liverpool were left to rue another two dropped points at home after a battle hardened Norwich side held them to a draw in today’s late Premier League Fixture.
It was a frustrating evening for Kenny Daglish’s charges who hit the post on three occasions and have now lost further ground on the Premier League’s top four sides.
After dominating much of the first half, Liverpool went one ahead on the stroke of half time courtesy of Craig Bellamy who latched on to a clipped ball over the Norwich defence to slot his shot past Keeper John Ruddy for his first league goal since returning to the club.
Despite an early period of dominance, Liverpool could not capitalise on an abundance of chances in the second half.
Just fifteen minutes into the second half, the Canaries got their just deserts for a gutsy display when substitute Grant Holt out-jumped two Liverpool defenders and keeper Pepe Reina to level the game at one goal apiece.
Moments later, Norwich had the chance to pull off a major shock when a Pilkington cross found super sub Holt again, but Reina reacted well to palm away the substitute’s header.
Liverpool had their chances to snatch victory in the closing stages when Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy pulled off an instinctive save from Suarez to deny the hosts.
Suarez had looked certain to snatch victory for the home side but the Canaries goalkeeper tipped the striker’s shot from close range over the bar.
The Uruguayan’s effort was just one in a string of missed chances for the reds and the lively striker was a constant threat despite his on going battle with officials for their repeated refusal to award decisions in his favour.
Andy Carroll, a late replacement for Bellamy could have been Liverpool’s hero in the closing moments, but his far post header narrowly missed the target.
Despite the disappointing end to what was a scrappy affair, Liverpool will be buoyed by the performance of Captain Steven Gerrard who displayed glimpses of the old brilliance after recently returning from six months on the side line with a groin injury.
Norwich meanwhile, have been the fairytale story of the Premier League so far with another impressive display, which now sees them sitting in seventh position on the league table only a few months after they earned promotion to the top flight of English football.