Norwich v Liverpool Premier League Preview

Friday, February 14th, 2020 12:45pm

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

The Premier League’s table toppers Liverpool take on rock bottom Norwich City at Carrow Road for Saturday’s evening kick-off.

Liverpool are nearing the final furlong of what has been one of the most spectacular campaigns not just in their history, but in Premier League history. On Saturday evening they take on the same opponents that kick-started the whole affair. 

As Klopp’s men put four past Norwich City within the first 42 minutes of the 2019/2020 season, few of the Anfield faithful would have realised it was just the beginning of a remarkable season that sees them driving towards their first League title in three decades.

Liverpool have the fairly comfortable 22-point cushion separating them from their nearest title rival Manchester City. They could have the title wrapped up as early as the 7th of March when they take on Bournemouth should City slip up in that time. 

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Norwich on the other hand have found adjusting to life in the top flight no easy feat. Daniel Farke’s side find themselves seven points adrift from safety, with just a lone win in their last six efforts. 

Surprisingly, considering the score line, Canaries fans could have taken plenty of positives from the opening day battering at Anfield. Farke credited his side for ‘winning the second half’ and many fans and pundits alike were complimentary of the German gaffers playing style. 

Bar a historic win at Carrow Road over reigning champions Man City, it is has been a season of more lows than highs for the Norfolk-based outfit.

As Premier League survival seems to slip further and further out of grip for Norwich City, Farke will hardly be relishing the visit of the league leaders who are yet to lose a single game. They haven’t played at Carrow Road since the 18th of January, where they picked one of their four wins all campaign as they beat Bournemouth 1-0. 

Team News:

Liverpool

Liverpool fans can rejoice as Jürgen Klopp confirmed Sadio Mane and James Milner are back in contention again after the pair trained as normal at Melwood all week. 

The Liverpool Boss said in his pre-match presser: “Of course they are in contention, it’s clear. When Millie and Sadio are back, you start thinking immediately. That’s how it is.”

Klopp’s injury list will not concern him too much, as the only notable absentee’s are squad players Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne who remain out indefinitely. 

Norwich City

Daniel Farke was particularly upbeat over his injury list: "No bad news. Everyone is fit apart from Timm with his long term injury.”

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