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Premier League Sunday including Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Liverpool v Swansea, Newcastle v Aston Villa and Norwich v Tottenham.

 
by Sam Dymond


  • Today's results

    • Liverpool 4 (Sturridge 2, Henderson 2) Swansea 3 (Shelvey, Bony 2) FT
    • Henderson winner decides entertaining Anfield encounter
    • Newcastle 1 (Remy) Aston Villa 0 FT
    • Injury time Remy strike brings Magpies' goalless run to a dramatic end
    • Norwich 1 (Snodgrass) Tottenham 0 FT
    • Snodgrass scores game's only goal to move Canaries four points clear of the bottom three
    2/23/2014 5:55:18 PM
  • Good afternoon and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday's action in the Premier League.

    There are three games flying your way today and they kick-off in stereo this lunchtime. At Anfield, Brendan Rodgers welcomes his former club Swansea to take on the Liverpool side that he is currently launching a late title bid on the outside rail with. At the same time, further north and somewhat to the east, Newcastle host Aston Villa with the Toon Army hoping to arrest an alarming run of miserable home form.

    Once those four sides have strutted their stuff, it's to Carrow Road where relegation-threatened Norwich City face off with Europa League-threatened Tottenham Hotspur. Want a storyline for that one? Ok...erm...Canaries manager Chris Hughton began his playing career at White Hart Lane while Spurs gaffer Tim Sherwood played 70-odd times for the East Anglian club. 

    Stay with us for all the up-to-the-minute news and scores from around the grounds, and if you want to have your say on any of the day's events, then please tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    2/23/2014 12:46:33 PM
  • The teams are in for the two Premier League games kicking off at half past one this afternoon. At Anfield, Liverpool make two changes to the side which won dramatically at Fulham with Glen Johnson and Daniel Agger coming in for Kolo Toure and Aly Cissokho while Garry Monk brings in Neil Taylor, Jonathan De Guzman and Jonjo Shelvey to the team that drew at Stoke.

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Flanagan, Henderson, Skrtel, Agger, Sterling, Gerrard, Sturridge, Coutinho, Suarez

    Subs: Jones, Touré, Aspas, Moses, Cissokho, Allen, Teixeira

    Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Taylor, De Guzmán, Chico, Williams, Dyer, Britton, Bony, Shelvey, Routledge

    Subs: Amat, Hernández, Tiendalli, Cañas, Tremmel, Ngog, Emnes

    Referee: Michael Jones


    In the north east, Alan Pardew is able to welcome back some key personnel in Loic Remy, Cheick Tiote, Fabricio Coloccini as well as Paul Dummett as Newcastle hope to halt their appalling run, while Paul Lambert introduces two players to his Aston Villa team that drew at Cardiff; in come Karim El Ahmadi and Andreas Weimann for Marc Albrighton and Joe Bennett.

    Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Dummett, Tioté, Williamson, Coloccini, Sissoko, Anita, Cissé, Remy, Gouffran

    Subs: Yanga-Mbiwa, Gosling, De Jong, Haidara, Elliot, Shola Ameobi, Taylor

    Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Bertrand, Westwood, Baker, Vlaar, Weimann, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke, El Ahmadi

    Subs: Bennett, Clark, Albrighton, Steer, Sylla, Tonev, Holt

    Referee: Martin Atkinson
    2/23/2014 1:01:35 PM
  • Here come the boys...
    2/23/2014 1:30:20 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 1 Swansea 0: Well, that didn't take long! Daniel Sturridge has scored that goal he always seems to score, and it's taken just three minutes. Phillipe Coutinho had already nearly opened up one defence by giving the ball straight to Jonjo Shelvey in a dangerous position, but moments later the Brazilian got it right by dissecting the visitors' backline to send the Liverpool striker through on goal. Michel Vorm rushed out to meet the pass, but Sturridge had too much pace for the Swans keeper, and comfortably took it round him before sidefooting into the empty net from the edge of the penalty area. Liverpool are off to a flyer at Anfield once more!
    2/23/2014 1:34:19 PM
  • EURO 2016 QUALIFYING GROUP NEWS! The road to disappointment in Paris starts here. The qualifying draw for the 2016 European Championships has been made this afternoon and here's who will be frustrating the home nations and the Republic of Ireland (and Scotland) in the next couple of years...

    Group B: Bosnia-Hercegovina, Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus, Andorra.

    Group D: Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, Gibraltar

    Group E: England, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, San Marino

    Group F: Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands
    2/23/2014 1:41:26 PM
  • Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0: The opening ten minutes of this encounter have been played out in front of an incredibly flat St James' Park crowd, but perhaps it's no surprise when you consider the Magpies' recent run of form, especially on their own patch. Alan Pardew's team have failed to score in seven of their last eight Premier League games, losing six, and have been beaten in each of the past four home fixtures by the following scores: 0-1 v Arsenal, 0-2 v Manchester City, 0-3 v Sunderland and 0-4 v Tottenham.

    If Aston Villa are to win 5-0 today, they may need to work on the final ball to their forwards which has deserted them so far despite some relatively tidy build up play in midfield.
    2/23/2014 1:46:43 PM
  • Daniel Sturridge skips past Michel Vorm to score his one goal for the 17th time.

    2/23/2014 1:49:37 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 2 Swansea 0: I was about to suggest that Swansea had reacted well since falling behind early on, and had showed no signs of crumbling in the manner that Arsenal did in the last league game at Anfield. And then Jordan Henderson stepped up, and curled a wonderful effort into the far left corner. The Liverpool midfielder had the ball laid to him by Raheem Sterling's driving run in from the right, but his first time finish from 20 yards was excellent, leaving Vorm rooted to his spot.
    2/23/2014 1:51:11 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 2 Swansea 1: Wow! Henderson's goal wasn't the best strike in this match for long! Former Liverpool man Jonjo Shelvey has just thumped Swansea back into the game from 25 yards with a fantastic effort. Nathan Dyer cut in from the right and fed Shelvey, who struck an effort first time which curled, dipped and beat Simon Mignolet to fly in off the bar. The Swansea midfielder holds an apologetic hand up to the Kop, who respond with appreciative applause of a wonderful goal.
    2/23/2014 1:55:04 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 2 Swansea 2: Four goals in rapid time at Anfield once again! Only this time, Liverpool are being somewhat more generous in sharing them out because Swansea have pulled themselves level with a second strike in four minutes. Martin Skrtel was booked for a foul on goalscorer Shelvey 35 yards from goal, and when Jonathan de Guzman floated in the resulting free-kick into the box, Wilfried Bony rose with the Slovakian centre-half, and the ball deceived Mignolet to fall into the net and equal the scores.
    2/23/2014 1:57:40 PM
  • Providing the dubious goals panel don't decide to award Martin Skrtel with his customary own-goal for the month, then Bony's equaliser is a landmark moment for the player...


    2/23/2014 2:06:21 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 3 Swansea 2: Here we go again! Liverpool are back in front and there's still ten minutes before the half-time break. Once more, Daniel Sturridge is the goalscorer, neatly heading into the top right-hand corner, but he owes much to his strike partner Luis Suarez, who teased the Swansea defence before sending over the perfect cross for Sturridge to dispatch.
    2/23/2014 2:06:35 PM
  • Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0: The fixture at St James' Park may be lacking the drama and goalscoring of the encounter over at Anfield, but it's not for the want of trying on Gabriel Agbonlahor's part. The Aston Villa forward has tested Tim Krul with a number of attempts in this first half, but the Dutchman has been equal to every one that hasn't flown over the crossbar.

    Two minutes before the break, Loic Remy, in his first game back from suspension, has Newcastle's best effort of the first half, but his 25-yard free-kick doesn't have enough curl to even force Brad Guzan into action.
    2/23/2014 2:16:15 PM
  • Half-time - Liverpool 3 Swansea 2:
    2/23/2014 2:19:03 PM
  • Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0: Oh dear. Papiss Cisse has just summed up the first half in one lousy, lazy shot. Moussa Sissoko sent Remy scampering into the area on the left-hand side, and when the Frenchman pulled a cross back to his strike partner, ten yards out, the Senegalese forward got underneath the ball and side-footed it horribly high over the bar with the goal gaping. Shocking yet utterly predictable at the same time.
    2/23/2014 2:23:57 PM
  • Half-time - Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0:
    2/23/2014 2:24:07 PM
  • Daniel Sturridge, soaring like a salmon among the Swans.

    2/23/2014 2:27:21 PM
  • Could they possibly lend a few to Newcastle and Aston Villa? Please.


    2/23/2014 2:30:19 PM
  • Two minor waves were picked up on the Richter scale this morning, but closer inspection from scientists have confirmed they emanated from the homes of armchair football supporters across the country. The first was a groan on discovering the day's Premier League fixtures, and the second was another on seeing which of the two half past one kick-offs Sky Sports had decided to screen live.
    2/23/2014 2:34:45 PM
  • PENALTY! GOAL! Liverpool 3 Swansea 3: As solid a defender as Martin Skrtel undoubtedly is, he can be incredibly boneheaded at times. The centre-back has just gifted Swansea another route back into the match two minutes into the second half by hauling down Wilfried Bony inside the penalty area as a cross was swung int from the right. Referee Michael Jones had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, and the Ivorian striker picked himself up to slam the kick past Mignolet to make it 3-3.
    2/23/2014 2:37:40 PM
  • Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0: "Newcastle are building up a head of steam!" exclaims commentator Alan Parry, as the home side win a corner. Naturally, it comes to nothing and the steam clears before it was even visible. Alan Pardew's team look devoid of ideas, and it appears to have been that way since the January departure of one creative European with an accent and cheekbones to die for.

    Come back Joe Kinnear, all is forgiven.
    2/23/2014 2:51:49 PM
  • Liverpool 3 Swansea 3: Both Daniel Sturridge and Wilfried Bony are on hat-tricks, and each has gone close in the past few minutes to bagging that third goal. First, the Swansea man was sent through on the right but his low drive was turned away by the legs of Mignolet and, then, Sturridge found himself in a similar position, but the visiting defence managed to get a man across to block before the Liverpool forward could get a shot away.

    Moments later, Suarez flings himself to the ground in the box after knocking knees with Jordi Amat, but Michael Jones isn't interested despite the furious claims from the Kop.
    2/23/2014 2:59:58 PM
  • GOAL! Liverpool 4 Swansea 3: It had all started to go a little bit Newcastle v Aston Villa at Anfield, but Jordan Henderson has scored to put Liverpool in the lead for the third time this afternoon! The Reds midfielder needed two attempts to net his second after Vorm had parried his initial shot once Luis Suarez's effort had deflected into his path.
    2/23/2014 3:05:16 PM
  • Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0: There's rare end-to-end action at St James' Park which begins with an opportunity for Villa on the counter-attack which falls apart when Christian Benteke fails to play in his teammate amid some resolute defending from Mike Williamson. From there, Newcastle race straight up the other end and Remy's low, long-range effort is turned behind by Guzan. The crowd, momentarily, have woken up.
    2/23/2014 3:11:59 PM
  • Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0: Into the final three minutes and Agbonlahor manages to wriggle away from his full back in the box before misplacing a cross straight to an opponent. "Why couldn't they produce this kind of play earlier?" interjects Parry. Erm, I think they did.

    That kind of drama doesn't stop there though. Ron Vlaar makes a horrible mess of some basic defending in the Aston Villa box, allowing Luke de Jong to rob him and square the ball for the unmarked Remy, but the Newcastle striker can only thump the ball against the base of the post as the visitors scramble to get defenders back on the line.
    2/23/2014 3:20:58 PM
  • GOAL! Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 0: A goal! A goal! My kingdom for a goal! Loic Remy has finally dragged Newcastle on to the scoresheet with a dramatic effort two minutes into stoppage time! De Jong let fly in hope from outside the box, and when his effort deflected high into the box, the French international showed great strength and desire to shake off his marker, bring the ball under control and thump past Guzan into the roof of the net. Newcastle win it at the death!
    2/23/2014 3:21:43 PM
  • FULL TIME - Newcastle 1 Aston Villa 0:
    2/23/2014 3:25:00 PM
  • FULL TIME - Liverpool 4 Swansea 3:
    2/23/2014 3:25:14 PM
  • Remember where you were...


    2/23/2014 3:27:30 PM
  • Norwich haven't scored more than a single goal in any of their previous 11 Premier League fixtures since a 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion at the start of December. So who you gonna call?


    2/23/2014 3:32:33 PM
  • Confusion all round at St James' Park as nobody can quite comprehend what this means.

    2/23/2014 3:46:18 PM
  • Norwich haven't scored more than a single goal in any of their previous 11 Premier League fixtures since a 2-0 win at West Bromwich Albion at the start of December. So who you gonna call?

    2/23/2014 3:53:57 PM
  • Norwich 0 Tottenham 0: A minute's applause in memory of Sir Tom Finney, two team huddles, a huge inflatable football on the pitch and a route one Norwich City kick-off signify the start of this afternoon's encounter at Carrow Road, and it has already been more entertaining than Sky Sports' previous showing from St James' Park.
    2/23/2014 4:04:36 PM
  • Norwich 0 Tottenham 0: A wonderful opportunity for Ricky van Wolfswinkel to not only add to his one goal from the opening day of the season, but also his four shots in the Premier League, yet the Dutch striker is unable to do either. Robert Snodgrass sent a corner over from the left, and when the ball fell loose following Sebastien Bassong's aerial challenge, the Norwich front man failed to get either a head or a foot on the ball before Hugo Lloris took claim.
    2/23/2014 4:07:44 PM
  • Norwich 0 Tottenham 0: Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has been forced into making an early change with Nacer Chadli replacing Etienne Capoue. The French midfielder took a knock during that early corner of confusion which he has been unable to shake it off, and his Belgian replacement appears to have slotted straight into the vacant central position.
    2/23/2014 4:18:08 PM
  • Norwich 0 Tottenham: Half chances halfway through the half. At one end, Paulinho attempts a curler into the top right-hand corner from outside the box, but there's not enough swerve on the ball to trouble John Ruddy and then, at the other, Martin Olsson bursts into the box following a neat one-two on the left wing, but his cut back fails to find any of the three Norwich players who had may their way into the penalty area.
    2/23/2014 4:29:34 PM
  • It would seem passing isn't his strong point either...


    2/23/2014 4:31:42 PM
  • Norwich 0 Tottenham 0: Spurs have scored in each of their ten Premier League fixtures under the management of Tim Sherwood, averaging more than two a game, but they are going to have to raise their performance if they are to continue that pattern this afternoon. Save for a surging run from Chadli in behind the defence, there has been little for Tottenham fans to get excited about so far with 40 minutes played.

    Norwich, meanwhile, have managed to work themselves into some promising positions to break on the visitors, but Leroy Fer and Van Wolfswinkel have too often slowed their play down in the final third to really threaten the Tottenham goal.
    2/23/2014 4:43:33 PM
  • Half-time - Norwich 0 Tottenham 0:
    2/23/2014 4:49:58 PM
  • Do you remember when I suggested that it couldn't be any worse than Newcastle v Aston Villa?


    I lied.
    2/23/2014 4:57:00 PM
  • Coming up, the first half highlights...

    2/23/2014 5:00:20 PM
  • GOAL! Norwich 1 Tottenham 0: The second half has begun, in stark contrast to the first, with a bang! Nacer Chadli lost possession straight from kick-off and when Norwich burst forward, Van Wolfswinkel and Johnson combined to set Robert Snodgrass free beyond Danny Rose. The Scot took a touch to cut inside and curled the ball low past Lloris into the bottom left-hand corner to give the hosts the lead.
    2/23/2014 5:07:09 PM
  • Norwich 1 Tottenham 0: If Tottenham needed to raise their game at 0-0, they need to fire it into the air on a rocket launcher now they're behind. As it is, they've shown little improvement since the goal and the only moments of intrigue have been a Canaries counter-attack that Nathan Redmond made a mess of and some ridiculously unnecessary stepovers from Leroy Fer. Spurs have half an hour left to change that.
    2/23/2014 5:19:00 PM
  • Norwich 1 Tottenham 0: Maybe that was the chance! Emmanuel Adebayor managed to wrestle his way beyond Norwich's last defender, Sebastien Bassong, to charge through on goal, but his third touch of the ball was far too heavy and Ruddy was able to rush out quickly to deny the Togolese striker.

    Moments later, goalscorer Robert Snodgrass found plenty of space to turn on the edge of the box and launch another shot on goal, but it did nothing other than sting the palms of Hugo Lloris.
    2/23/2014 5:24:37 PM
  • Norwich 1 Tottenham 0: Roberto Soldado is on as Tottenham chase an equaliser and misses a great chance to net with his first touch. Aaron Lennon and Adebayor combined well to slide the Spaniard in on the right-hand side of the box, but the substitute could only flash the ball wide at the far post without testing Ruddy.

    Soldado doesn't fare much better with his second touch, a header that glances wide after Lennon had stepped a cross up towards the back post. Spurs, however, have finally got their groove on.
    2/23/2014 5:27:04 PM
  • Robert Snodgrass breaks the deadlock at the start of the second half.

    2/23/2014 5:28:59 PM
  • Norwich 1 Tottenham 0: Into the final ten minutes at Carrow Road and, although the expected Tottenham siege of the Norwich goal hasn't really materialised, Nacer Chadli has just missed a great opportunity to level the game. The Belgian was played in by a delightful pass from his compatriot Moussa Dembele, but Ruddy reacted well to keep out Spurs' first shot on target of the game and preserve the home side's lead.
    2/23/2014 5:41:56 PM
  • Norwich 1 Tottenham 0: What a strike from Bradley Johnson! The Norwich midfielder took aim with a free-kick from nearly 30 yards out and it rocketed against the underside of the crossbar before bouncing down on the line and away. Johnson is appealing for the goal but the Goal Decision Review system correctly informs referee Craig Pawson that the ball didn't fully cross the line.

    It's all Norwich from hereon though, and Redmond wastes a good opportunity with Snodgrass better placed before Gary Hooper bursts into the box and pulls the ball back for Alexander Tetty, who was unable to add the finishing touch.
    2/23/2014 5:48:21 PM
  • FULL TIME - Norwich 1 Tottenham 0:
    2/23/2014 5:52:59 PM
  • As the famous old song goes, 1-0 to the Norwich...


    Which is bad news for Tim Sherwood....


    2/23/2014 6:07:20 PM
  • Drama can present itself in many different forms, but there are those that do it best and, at the moment, Liverpool Football Club are rivalling HBO for entertainment.

    The Reds served up a lunchtime treat of an encounter at Anfield that had it all from glorious art to laugh out loud comedy. They shared seven goals with Swansea, who more than played their part in a thrilling contest, twice pegging the hosts back when they looked beaten, only to fall to Jordan Henderson’s 74th minute winner that kept Liverpool four points behind the leaders and the outside bet in the title race.

    In contrast, there were 90 minutes of monotony at St James’ Park, but Newcastle’s fixture with Aston Villa still had its own dramatic finale. It was five games in all competitions since the Toon Army had registered a goal in front of their own supporters, but Loic Remy’s late, late intervention ensured it didn’t become six.

    And the day ended with another encounter that was drab for long periods, but sparked into life once Robert Snodgrass had given Norwich the lead against Tottenham moments into the second half. Despite chances at both ends, neither side could add to the Scot’s strike and the Canaries held on for a vital victory that takes them four points clear of the relegation zone and up to 14th.

    The celebrations at Carrow Road bring the curtain down on another weekend of Premier League action. We’ll be back next Saturday to do it all again when Charles Reynolds will be on hand to bring you all the goings on from the top, middle and bottom of the top flight. Until then, thanks for reading and have a great week. Goodnight. 
    2/23/2014 6:36:08 PM
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