Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed they had used the words of Margaret Aspinall, chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, as inspiration to go and beat beat relegation-battlers Norwich 3-2 at Carrow Road and move five points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League.
Raheem Sterling scored twice and Luis Suarez broke the 30-goal barrier as the Reds moved a step closer to their first championship in over 20 years.
Liverpool showed their intent to make the most of Chelsea‘s shock home defeat by Sunderland on Saturday, and romped 2-0 ahead inside 10 minutes as the relegation-threatened Canaries were ripped apart with a superb 25-yard effort from Sterling, before Suarez tucked home from close range.
Liverpool trio Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have all been shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year.
The three stars have been recognised for the form that has taken the Reds to within touching distance of their first league title since 1990.
Chelsea winger Eden Hazard is also up for the award, while Manchester City‘s Yaya Toure receives a nomination.
Southampton playmaker Adam Lallana has also been shortlisted for his impressive form for the Saints. The 25-year-old was rewarded for his performances with his first England cap earlier this season, and could be part of Roy Hodgson’s England World Cup squad.
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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes the absence of Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson won’t derail their title charge.
Sturridge is likely to miss the trip to Norwich City on Easter Sunday after being withdrawn in the second half of last week’s 3-2 win over Manchester City with a suspected hamstring injury.
Henderson will also miss the game against the Canaries after he was sent off for a tired-looking lunge on Samir Nasri in injury time.
Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva could replace the missing duo for the trip to Carrow Road, and Mignolet believes that the squad is more than capable of coping without the pair.
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Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster claimed 96 innocent lives on this day in 1989.
96 men, women and children lost their lives as a result of the events that unfolded on April 15, 1989 at the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough.
Over the last 25 years, the families who lost loved ones and the survivors of the disaster have shown immense dignity and resilience.
In memory of the Liverpool supporters who went to watch their beloved Reds on April 15th, 1989, but never returned. May they rest in peace and never be forgotten.
Liverpool will be without in-form midfielder Jordan Henderson for most of the Premier League run-in after his red card against Manchester City.
The 23-year-old was shown his marching orders for an ugly challenge on Samir Nasri, as the Reds took a giant leap towards the title.
A heavy touch gave Henderson a lot to do and the England man was high in the tackle, leaving referee Mark Clattenburg with no option but to send him off. He will now miss the Reds’ next three fixtures, with the club unlikely to appeal the proposed suspension.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admitted Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Manchester City was “the longest 90 minutes” of his life as the Reds claimed the scalp of their biggest rivals in the race for the Barclays Premier League title.
Brendan Rodgers’ men raced into the lead with goals from Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel, but City clawed their way back after the interval thanks to David Silva and a Glen Johnson own goal.
However, Phillippe Coutinho’s strike 12 minutes from time proved decisive as Liverpool moved five points clear at the top of the table ahead of Chelsea‘s match with Swansea.
Philippe Coutinho’s 78th-minute winner gave Liverpool a crucial 3-2 victory over English Premier League title rivals Manchester City on a day of raw emotion at Anfield on Sunday. City fought back from 2-0 down to level the scores, but a mistake by captain Vincent Kompany let Coutinho slam home a first-time shot that leaves Liverpool within sight of their first league title since 1990.
An afternoon that began with tributes to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster ended with Liverpool seven points clear of City at the top of the table, albeit having played two more games. It was a tenth successive win for Brendan Rodgers’s side, who scored first-half goals through Raheem Sterling and Martin Skrtel, and means that they will be crowned champions if they win their remaining four games.
Luis Suarez may be chasing the Premier League‘s goalscoring record but he would happily sacrifice a Golden Boot for Champions League football with the Reds.
The Uruguay striker, jointly named the top flight’s player of the month for March with captain Steven Gerrard, has 29 in 28 matches – having been suspended for five league games at the start of the season. Andy Cole, in 1993-94, and Alan Shearer, in the following season, scored 34 in 40 and 42 games respectively, while the record for a 38-game Premier League campaign is 31 – achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008-09 and Shearer in 1995-96.