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.

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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.

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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.