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Premier League Sunday including Norwich v Liverpool, Hull v Arsenal, Everton v Manchester United - LIVE!

Follow the latest news and scores from today's Premier League matches including Norwich v Liverpool, Hull v Arsenal and Everton v Manchester United.


Brendan Rodgers is now within touching distance of the title - and Raheem Sterling 
by Sam Dymond

  • Good morning and welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Sunday’s Premier League action, and it’s a day that begins with many questions being asked. Well, one question, but it’s being asked many times.

    Liverpool fans will have barely slept overnight after yesterday’s events at Stamford Bridge, but you can bet they’re wider awake than anyone else this morning ahead of their noon fixture at Carrow Road. The Reds are now so close to a first Premier League title after recent stumbles by Manchester City and Chelsea, and an 11th straight win this afternoon will take them five points clear of their nearest rivals. Can they do it?

    Nobody gives 17th placed Norwich a chance of another point this season, but while Sunderland’s victory at Stamford Bridge will have put the fear of God into the Canaries, it will have surely worked as a reminder that the sides at the top are just as vulnerable with the pressure on. City have beaten some big sides on their own patch in the past three seasons, don’t rule out a shock this afternoon. Can they do it?

    At midday, there's a dress rehearsal for this year's FA Cup final when Hull welcome Arsenal to the KC Stadium. The Tigers were written off as top-flight force as soon as they had finished celebrating at the Cardiff City Stadium last May, but victory today will not only ensure their Premier League status, but also prove that they're capable of beating the side that stands between them and the club’s first piece of major silverware. Can they do it?

    Similarly though, success for the Gunners will have those in the red half of North London believe that they are, not only nailed on for their annual place in Europe's elite club competition, but also a first trophy in nine years. Can they do it?

    The third live match of the day comes at Goodison Park where David Moyes and Marouane Fellaini sneak back into town with Manchester United nine points behind the Toffees, but a win on their old stomping ground will at least go someway to ensuring they depart with their heads high. It would also keep the Red Devils on the heels of Tottenham Hotspur as they attempt to rescue their season. Can they do it?

    Everton, however, have their eyes focused on a prize that United crave - a palce in next season’s Champions League. They lost the initiative in midweek against Crystal Palace, but any slip made by Arsenal in Humberside and Roberto Martinez's Blues will be ready to pounce back into that coveted fourth place. Can they do it?

    Many of the questions will be answered over the next six hours.

    Stay with us for all the up-to-the-minute news, scores and reaction from these three crunch games, and if you want to have your say on the day's events or anything Premier League, then please tweet @sammydymond or email sam.dymond@gmail.com.
    4/20/2014 9:56:34 AM
  • Norwich versus Liverpool is live from Carrow Road at noon.

    Rafa Benitez and friends have unfurled their Liverpool flags at Carrow Road. 

    4/20/2014 9:56:40 AM
  • The teams are in for the midday start at Carrow Road. Neil Adams makes one change to the Norwich side that lost at Fulham with Gary Hooper replacing the hapless Ricky van Wolfswinkel in attack. Meanwhile, Brendan Rodgers is forced to bring in two new faces following that huge victory over Manchester City a week ago; Lucas takes the place of the suspended Jordan Henderson while Joe Allen is in for the injured Daniel Sturridge.

    Norwich: Ruddy, Whittaker, Martin, Turner, Olsson, Johnson, Howson, Fer, Snodgrass, Redmond, Hooper

    Subs: Bunn, Van Wolfswinkel, Gutierrez, Garrido, R. Bennett, Tettey, Josh Murphy

    Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Sakho, Flanagan, Gerrard, Lucas, Allen, Sterling, Coutinho, Suarez

    Subs: Jones, Toure, Agger, Cissokho, Moses, Alberto, Aspas

    Referee: Andre Marriner
    4/20/2014 9:56:43 AM
  • Norwich 0 Liverpool 0: Norwich get the game underway at Carrow Road, but Nathan Redmond's tap forward to Jonny Howson is the only time the Canaries get into Liverpool's half in the opening two minutes and...
    4/20/2014 11:04:22 AM
  • GOAL! Norwich 0 Liverpool 1: Liverpool lead! And it's another early goal! Nice build-up play between Joe Allen, Jon Flanagan and Philippe Coutinho found Raheem Sterling 35 yards from goal. The youngster surged forward and, when space opened up in front of him, he let fly with a shot that took a slight touch of Michael Turner's back and flew past John Ruddy. Now you're gonna believe us, we're going to win the league sing the travelling Liverpool fans. It's hard to argue with them after that start!

    Sterling's sterling early effort. 

    4/20/2014 11:05:00 AM
  • GOAL! Norwich 0 Liverpool 2: What a start for Liverpool! How will they deal with the pressure?! How will they deal with the expectancy?! This is how! Steven Gerrard sent Sterling galloping down the left flank with a cutting pass, and when the game's opening scorer squared a ball across the face of goal, there was Luis Suarez to cushion a fine finish past Ruddy into the bottom right hand-corner for his 30th Premier League goal of the season!

    Luis Suarez does what he does best, and scores against Norwich City. 

    4/20/2014 11:10:48 AM
  • Norwich 0 Liverpool 2: Liverpool's forwards have rightly gained plaudits this season, but their defence and midfield have just proved their worth at the other end. After a breathless start from the visitors, Norwich forced their way into the game and when Turner's head down from a free-kick caused havoc in the Liverpool box, Gary Hooper looked to be in sight of goal. From nowhere, however, came the legs of Gerrard, Allen, Lucas and Martin Skrtel to block, tackle and clear from danger. It's better from the hosts, but their task now is monumental.
    4/20/2014 11:19:58 AM
  • A couple of notes on that landmark goal from Luis Suarez...



    I'm not sure that will cheer Neil Adams up though.
    4/20/2014 11:28:26 AM
  • Norwich 0 Liverpool 2: The frustrations of the Norwich players are becoming increasingly apparent, and it's all too much for Robert Snodgrass, who makes a crude lunge on Allen in the left-back position, long after the ball had gone. It's a poor challenge from the Scot, but Andre Marriner is content to produce only a yellow card.
    4/20/2014 11:32:39 AM
  • Norwich 0 Liverpool 2: Five minutes remaining until half-time and Norwich are trying to take the game to Liverpool, but despite the increasing pressure from the home side, Brendan Rodgers' side are standing firm. Redmond threatened to change that when breaking into the box on the right hand side but his shot was wild when teammates were better placed in the centre, and then Gary Hooper was denied an opportunity when Simon Mignolet rushed out to claim a ball that was bobbling around the six-yard box.
    4/20/2014 11:41:55 AM
  • Norwich 0 Liverpool 2: The board goes up indicating two minutes of stoppage time at the same moment than Sterling is limping off the pitch for treatment, having been clipped by Turner as he burst through the middle of pitch. The Liverpool forward will be back imminently, however, and the punishment is a booking for the Norwich central defender, 
    4/20/2014 11:47:52 AM
  • Half-time - Norwich 0 Liverpool 2:
    4/20/2014 11:48:04 AM
  • If the sight of some Canaries being roasted for the previous 45 minutes has been too much for you, here's some light relief. Although you could feasibly argue that Middlesbrough's advert for season tickets is cruel to another species of bird...

    Woodgate stars in funny Middlesbrough season ticket advert
    by Shazzy Mazzy via YouTube

    Yes, incredibly, Jonathan Woodgate's acting debut is even more of a disaster than his one for Real Madrid.
    4/20/2014 11:51:11 AM
  • Norwich 0 Liverpool 2: The second half begins in record fashion, with Luis Suarez kicked up in the air within four seconds. His trademark dramatic fall means he doesn't get a free-kick, and spends the next minute limping around, rubbing his thigh, before sprinting towards a loose ball that comes his way.

    Meanwhile, Norwich continue to huff and puff their way towards the Liverpool goal, but they are nearly undone on the break as Suarez sends a long, looping ball to Coutinho, whose lay back is met first time by Sterling. The teenager's shot however sails a yard over Ruddy's bar.
    4/20/2014 12:09:02 PM
  • GOAL! Norwich 1 Liverpool 2: The huffing and puffing has brought Norwich a lifeline! Liverpool didn't react to a throw-in taken quickly on the right, and when Steven Whittaker lofted a high ball into the penalty area, Simon Mignolet was unconvincing under aeriel pressure from Bradley Johnson. There were shades of Andy Carroll's equaliser at West Ham a fortnight ago, but there was no foul this time as the Belgian spilled the ball and allowed Gary Hooper the simple task of tapping in to halve the deficit. The next 35 minutes could be crucial to the season's of Norwich and Liverpool!

    Hooper gives the hosts hope. 

    4/20/2014 12:12:08 PM
  • Norwich 1 Liverpool 2: The Canaries have their tails up since the goal, but as they commit more players forward in pursuit of an equaliser, the greater the danger Liverpool pose on the counter attack. Luis Suarez has twice nearly caught them out, but Ruddy was equal to his first effort, while the second just curled the wrong side of the far post.
    4/20/2014 12:19:53 PM
  • GOAL! Norwich 1 Liverpool 3: And there is the third Liverpool goal on the break! And it's so cruel on Norwich and Bradley Johnson! The Canaries midfielder saw his sloppy crossfield ball intercepted by Raheem Sterling midway inside the Liverpool half, and the youngster ran and ran and ran at the home defence. Johnson did everything he could to keep pace, but when he eventually got into a position to block Sterling's shot, it inadvertently ricocheted off his legs over the helpless John Ruddy and into the net. Liverpool supporters can breathe again!

    Sterling's shot goes in off his Johnson. 

    4/20/2014 12:20:04 PM
  • Norwich 1 Liverpool 3: Neil Adams' side are still fighting for their lives here, and have gone close on a couple of occasions to pulling another goal back. First, Nathan Redmond's long range drive took a wicked deflection off Skrtel but veered the wrong side of the far post with Mignolet beaten, and, then, from the resulting corner, Russell Martin headed inches over the crossbar from six yards out.
    4/20/2014 12:31:19 PM
  • GOAL! Norwich 2 Liverpool 3: There is terrible, vacuous music pumping out over the tanoy, and that can only mean one thing, Norwich have scored and they're back in this game! Redmond, Howson and Martin Olsson worked their way down the left flank, and when the latter sent a cross into the area, there was the arriving Robert Snodgrass to direct a fine header into the top right-hand corner of Mignolet's net. Game on with 13 minutes remaining!

    Snodgrass nods the Canaries back into contention. 

    4/20/2014 12:35:21 PM
  • Norwich 2: Liverpool 3: The bad news for Liverpool is that Norwich smell blood, and have sent on two attackers as they chase an unlikely equaliser. The good news for Liverpool is one of those is the much-maligned Ricky van Wolfswinkel; the other is youngster Josh Murphy.
    4/20/2014 12:41:07 PM
  • Norwich 2 Liverpool 3: Oh, Ricky van Wolfswinkel! The words of internet trolls (waves) everywhere could have been stuffed back down their throats there. In a carbon copy of Norwich's second goal, the Dutch striker got up highest to a cross from the left, but his downward header from eight yards out was straight at the grateful Mignolet. This will be a nervous final spell for Liverpool.
    4/20/2014 12:44:02 PM
  • Norwich 2 Liverpool 3: Liverpool need to keep hold of the ball, but they're not doing the best of jobs so their travelling support decide to help them out by not giving it back when it sails in to the stand for a throw. They can't do that for all four minutes of stoppage time, however, so it's down to their players. They rarely let them down these days though.
    4/20/2014 12:50:34 PM
  • Norwich 2 Liverpool 3: Seconds remain and Norwich win a free-kick just inside the Liverpool half. Turner is up for it, Martin is up for it, even John Ruddy is up for it! Can Liverpool hold firm at the death? Yes, they can!
    4/20/2014 12:52:43 PM
  • FULL TIME - Norwich 2 Liverpool 3:
    4/20/2014 12:53:07 PM
  • It's straight to the KC Stadium for an FA Cup final dress rehearsal between Hull City and Arsenal. It begins at that traditional kick-off time of five past two.

    The KC Stadium, where the club's name appears to be written in Comic Sans. 

    4/20/2014 12:58:31 PM
  • Here's a reminder of how the Hull and Arsenal teams look this afternoon. Steve Bruce makes one change to the Hull side that last fared in Premier League competition with Tom Huddlestone replacing Maynor Figueroa, while Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic are back after being ineligible for the FA Cup semi-final. Arsenal, meanwhile, bring in three new faces after their midweek victory against West Ham with Nacho Monreal, Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey starting ahead of Thomas Vermaelen, Kim Kallstrom and Tomas Rosicky.

    Hull: Harper, Elmohamady, Davies, Chester, Rosenior, Huddlestone, Livermore, Meyler, Boyd, Jelavic, Long

    Subs: Jakupovic, Figueroa, Bruce, Koren, Fryatt, Sagbo, Quinn

    Arsenal: Szczesny, Sagna, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Arteta, Ramsey, Cazorla, Ozil, Podolski, Giroud

    Subs: Fabianski, Jenkinson, Flamini, Kallstrom, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rosicky, Sanogo

    Referee: Jonathan Moss
    4/20/2014 12:58:51 PM
  • Hull 0 Arsenal 0: After a wonderfully observed minute's silence in tribute to Hull legend Andy Davidson, who made nearly 600 appearances for the club in the 1950s, Arsenal get this afternoon's game going. The Gunners are soon on the back foot, however, and they needed safe hands from Wojciech Szczesny to deny the lurking Curtis Davies at an early corner.

    It's an intriguing afternoon for the home supporters, who would do doubt be delighted by three points against one of the Premier League's top dogs. However, a victory for the visitors will take them nearer to that fourth-placed finish that would guarantee the Tigers a place in Europe next season, regardless of what happens at Wembley in May.
    4/20/2014 1:12:21 PM
  • Hull 0 Arsenal 0: Of course it's debatable whether a club deserve a shot in Europe if they can't keep their advertising hoardings under control. In bizarre circumstances, the game is held up for a couple of minutes after high winds blow a selection of boards across the pitch that the players are required to clear. The Premier League takes a dim view of such product placement and the likes of Cash Converters, 188Bet and Henry Afrika's of Scunthorpe may soon be getting a slap on the wrist.

    Liam Rosenoir prepares for a spot of wall-papering during a break in play. 

    4/20/2014 1:17:23 PM
  • Hull 0 Arsenal 0: The pitch has been tidied, the game is back underway and the visitors have had a shout for a penalty - and they may have actually got it if they had, y'know, shouted. Mesut Ozil, back in the Arsenal side after missing seven games with a hamstring injury, dances into the box and is clearly tripped by Ahmed Elmohamady as he tries to cut inside, but there's minimal appeal from the visitors and the hosts receive a let-off.
    4/20/2014 1:21:30 PM
  • Hull 0 Arsenal 0: The tackles have been flying in these past few minutes, and referee Jonathan Moss has found himself a busy man. He's booked Per Mertesacker and David Meyler for clumsy challenges in the middle of the pitch as good old-fashioned determination threatens to spill into serious foul play.

    Meanwhile, each of Hull's strikeforce have had a clear sight of Szczesny's goal, but while Jelavic drew a good save from the Polish stopper, Shane Long had a rush of blood and blazed over the crossbar.
    4/20/2014 1:30:21 PM
  • The Hull City marketing department have obviously got somewhat bored by the lack of goals in the opening half hour of this one, and decided to pick this precise moment to unleash this news on the world...


    4/20/2014 1:37:56 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 0 Arsenal 1: Just where would Arsenal be now if Aaron Ramsey hadn't missed three months of the season with injury. The midfielder has marked his comeback to the side with his ninth league goal of the season, and his 14th in all competitions. It was the Welshman who started the move, receiving a throw-in just inside the Hull half, and, after Ozil had done well to hold the ball up, Cazorla played a slick ball through a static defence for Ramsey to run on to and fire low past Stave Harper into the bottom left-hand corner. 1-0 to the Arsenal!

    Aaron Ramsey is back. 

    4/20/2014 1:38:05 PM
  • Hull 0 Arsenal 1: Off the post! Jake Livermore, on loan from Tottenham, nearly pegged Arsenal back straight away with a fine low drive from outside the area. There spin on the ball was enough to take it away from Szczesny's outstretched arm, but it was also enough to take it on to the foot of the woodwork.
    4/20/2014 1:46:22 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 0 Arsenal 2: Arsenal have a wonderful second goal on the stroke of half-time! But Hull's players and supporters are absolutely furious with referee Moss! Jelavic appeared to be bundled over by Mikel Arteta ten yards outside the Arsenal penalty area, but when no free-kick was awarded, the Gunners broke downfield and doubled their lead in an instance. Cazorla and Ozil combined to send Olivier Giroud down the right, and, when the Frenchman put his cross over, Ramsey chested the ball down for Lukas Podolski to fire a first-time volley, left-footed, past Harper and into the bottom right-hand corner. A tremendous goal!

    Hull players protest Arsenal's second goal. 

    4/20/2014 1:51:46 PM
  • Half-time - Hull 0 Arsenal 2: Boooooooooooooooooo!
    4/20/2014 1:55:53 PM
  • I hope that's not how he decides to celebrate...


    4/20/2014 1:59:48 PM
  • The Manchester United fans have arrived early...


    4/20/2014 2:06:21 PM
  • Hull 0 Arsenal 2: Shane Long missed a couple of good chances in the minutes before the second Arsenal goal, and he has been replaced at the start of the second half by Matty Fryatt. And what I mean by replaced is that Fryatt is now missing the good chances instead. The substitute got in behind the Arsenal defence seconds after the restart, but could only manage to head away from goal when the ball bounced awkwardly inbetween the striker and Szczesny. The departed Long, meanwhile, is reportedly struggling with a calf problem.
    4/20/2014 2:16:32 PM
  • GOAL! Hull 0 Arsenal 3: Arsenal have a third, and that has surely put the game beyond Hull City! It was all too easy for the Gunners as they played patient possession football in the opposition's half before Nacho Monreal played in Cazorla down the left. The Spaniard's cut-back to the edge of the box was met first time by Ramsey, and, when Harper saved the Welshman's shot with his feet, Lukas Podolski was in the right place to easily convert his fourth goal in five days.

    Frightening Maradona-esque celebrations from Lukas Podolski. 

    4/20/2014 2:20:10 PM
  • Hull 0 Arsenal 3: With 15 minutes remaining, it's looking to simply be a case of how many Arsenal will win by. Per Mertesacker has just looped a header on to the roof of the net from a left-wing free-kick, while Olivier Giroud clattered the crossbar before his substitution. The Frenchman took advantage of Steve Harper's mistrust of the weather, as the wind held up a back-pass, but the angle was too acute for the striker to add a fourth.

    The result will be a significant psychological boost to Arsenal supporters craving silverware, and they can be safe in the knowledge that only once in the Premier League era has the team who have won an FA Cup final rehearsal gone on to lose the trophy - and that was Manchester City to Wigan last May.
    4/20/2014 2:45:38 PM
  • Were they saying Gooner or goner? Boo or Boo-urns?


    I was saying goner. And Boo-urns.
    4/20/2014 2:47:19 PM
  • Hull 0 Arsenal 3: A chance for some Sanogo icing on the Arsenal cake with a minute remaining, but the substitute took a wild air-kick inside the penalty area and landed on his backside with the ball unmoved a yard from him. Rather than chuckling along with his misfortunate, the French forward looks expectantly round for a penalty; he's already learnt the tricks of the trade from his peers.

    There will be four minutes of added time to play.
    4/20/2014 2:58:25 PM
  • FULL TIME - Hull 0 Arsenal 3:
    4/20/2014 3:00:06 PM
  • Arsenal's convincing victory on Humberside means that the pressure is back on Everton in the battle for fourth spot. The Toffees are also chasing a first league double over Manchester United since 1969. It kicks-off at Goodison Park in five minutes time.


    4/20/2014 3:06:33 PM
  • Here's the team news from Goodison Park. Roberto Martinez recalls Steven Naismith and
    James McCarthy to his starting XI following the midweek defeat to Crystal Palace, while Gerard
    Deulofeu and Aiden McGeady drop to the bench.
    Meanwhile, disgusted with a 4-0
    win in their last Premier League outing, David Moyes has made six changes to
    avoid a repeat.
    David De Gea, Jonny Evans, Alex Buttner, Michael Carrick, Nani
    and Wayne Rooney all start at Everton this afternoon.
       

    Everton: Howard, Coleman, Distin, Stones, Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Mirallas, Barkley, Naismith, Lukaku

    Subs: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Osman, Garbutt, Alcaraz

    Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Smalling, Evans, Büttner, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani, Kagawa, Mata, Rooney

    Subs: Lindegaard, Giggs, Hernandez, Welbeck, Valencia, Fellaini, Januzaj

    Referee: Mark Clattenburg
    4/20/2014 3:06:46 PM
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