Norwich City dropped to 13th in the Premier League after being beaten by Liverpool 3-0 with Uruguayan Luis Suarez getting a hat-trick, one a spectacular lob from just inside the Norwich half.
Paul Lambert will not be too concerned as he has lead the team to safety, securing their status as a Premier League club, but it continues the bad run of form for City.
Liverpool had been on a run of bad form too, but with captain Steven Gerrard back in the squad they were looking more solid and working better as a unit.
The first goal came on 24 minutes when Gerrard won the ball from Fox, he then played in Suarez who took one touch to set and the other to smash into the top corner. 1-0
Suarez doubled his tally 4 minutes later when he stole the ball from Elliott Ward and sprinted into the box slotting the ball low past Ruddy. 2-0
Liverpool had knocked the wind out of the Canaries as they were out-possessed for the rest of the half.
James Vaughan, returning from injury, came on for Fox at half-time and looked lively. Elliott Bennett had a good effort at goal denied by Reina before Bradley Johnson’s header skidded just wide.
Former Charlton midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey, almost put the game beyond doubt when a cross into the 6 yard box was not cleared, but Shelvey’s header was denied by the crossbar.
Downing then created space on the right, firing in a shot with his favoured left foot, but Ruddy was equal to it.
On the 65th minute, Suarez had found himself in on goal again, this time attempting a chip from 12 yards, but it sailed over the crossbar. However, he did get his third and ironically it was a chip, but instead of 12 yards out it was from just inside the Norwich half, floating it over Ruddy, ensuring there was no hope for the boys in yellow.
This victory pushed Liverpool within 2 points of their local rivals Everton lying in 7th place.
Last night was one of the biggest games of the season between both Manchester clubs, both of which are competing for the title. United were 3 points clear at the top, but a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, saw the Red Devils lose their lead at the top of the Premier League and throw the title decider into the last 2 games of the season.
The Anglian Home Improvements Man of the Match was Elliott Bennett.