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Twitter Reacts to Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling's Performance vs. Norwich City

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool is challenged by Bradley Johnson of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 20, 2014

Liverpool took a huge step toward winning their first league title in over two decades on Sunday, dispatching Norwich City 3-2 behind impressive performances from Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling.

Naturally, Twitter was abuzz throughout the dramatic affair.  

The 19-year-old Sterling, who entered Sunday's match with seven goals in 29 Premier League appearances, scored his first brace since February, and got the Reds on track early with a fourth-minute laser from the outside the box that put Liverpool ahead 1-0.

But the historic moment would come seven minutes later when Suarez got on the board with his 30th Premier League goal of the season, per Liverpool's official Twitter account:

The goal was assisted by Sterling, who played a beautiful ball into the box.

Opta Sports on Twitter provided a pair of jaw-dropping stats surrounding the Uruguayan's performance:

ESPN senior researcher Paul Carr added another impressive fact:

But while many were amazed by Suarez's goal scoring chops, others were outraged by his embellishment.

Suarez would finish the match with one goal on five shots and a match rating of 8.7, according to WhoScored.com.

After the match, Suarez admitted that he and his teammates were thrilled to be the front-runners, but acknowledged that the Reds can't let up just yet, per Premier League on Twitter:

Norwich's Gary Hooper would narrow the gap in the 54th minute, but Sterling wasn't finished, netting his second goal in the 62nd minute to seize momentum for the Reds.

After Sterling extended Liverpool's lead back to two goals, Now Football made a bold, but legitimate claim:

Football journalist David Kappel credited Suarez for Sterling's tremendous growth:

Sterling would earn Man of the Match honors for his stellar effort, grading out at a 9.8 for the match, according to WhoScored.com.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool celebrates scoring their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty
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Robert Snodgrass would cut Norwich's deficit in half in the 77th minute, but the Canaries' comeback bid would ultimately fail, as Sterling's brace proved to be the difference.

As a result of Liverpool's triumph at Carrow Road, which marks their 11th straight Premier League win, the Reds are now five points clear of second place Chelsea with three matches left to play.

Therefore, next Sunday's showdown between the two clubs at Anfield will be pivotal for each as Liverpool aim to close the door on the title race and Chelsea look to make a last-minute push for the crown. 

Although the Blues have been the league's most dominant defensive squad this season, Jose Mourinho's men will have their work cut out for them at Anfield as they attempt to quiet a prolific Reds attack that has scored three or more goals in nine of their last 11 Premier League matches.

But with Sterling coming on strong, Liverpool doesn't look to be slowing down anytime soon.

 

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