Norwich 2 Liverpool 3: Brendan Rodgers targets 100 league goals
Norwich 2 Liverpool 3: Brendan Rodgers is delighted to secure a top-three finish as the leaders move five points clear
Brendan Rodgers challenged Liverpool to score 100 Premier League goals this season after the Reds moved five points clear at the top thanks to a narrow win at Norwich City.
The Reds appeared to be coasting towards three points at Carrow Road after England international Raheem Sterling and PFA player of the year nominee Luis Suarez scored inside the opening 11 minutes.
We want to continue to fight and now look to Chelsea next week – where it will be an incredible atmosphere at Anfield
However, the Canaries gained a foothold in the game when Gary Hooper capitalised on a failed Simon Mignolet punch to cut Liverpool’s lead to a single goal.
Sterling scored Liverpool’s 96th Premier League goal of the season with a superb solo effort, but Robert Snodgrass headed home with 13 minutes remaining to ensure a nervy finish as the Reds hung on.
“The most important thing was to get three points and also the performance level. We are on 96 goals now and our idea is to get 100 plus – that would be an incredible effort,” Rodgers told BBC Sport.
“The objective at the start of the season was to qualify for the Champions League – that was always going to be an incredible task but now we know we cannot finish lower than third.
“We will go into the next three games looking to perform well. We want to continue to fight and now look to Chelsea next week – where it will be an incredible atmosphere at Anfield.”
Liverpool are five points clear of second-placed Chelsea, who suffered a 2-1 loss to Sunderland on Saturday, with Manchester City aiming to leapfrog the Blues with victory over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.