Liverpool's hard-fought 3-2 victory over Norwich City on Sunday not only extended the Reds' lead at the Barclays Premier League summit, but guaranteed that Anfield will host Champions League football next season.


First-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Luis Suarez set Brendan Rodgers' side on their way at Carrow Road, although the travellers were pegged back by a close-range Gary Hooper finish.

An incisive run by Sterling concluded with a strike that deflected and looped over the Canaries goalkeeper, and the Reds held firm to take three more points despite Robert Snodgrass' late header.


Whatever happens in their remaining trio of fixtures, Liverpool can now end the season no lower than third place in the Premier League standings, ensuring a spot in the group stages of Europe's elite club competition.

It means a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign and a tournament which the Reds have triumphed in on five separate occasions - 1977, 1978, 1981, 1984 and 2005.