Liverpool’s ambitions for the Top 4 pass through Carrow Road

Last updated: January 18, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 12:45pm
Venue: Carrow Road
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLWW
Away form: LDDWL
Last season:
Competition: The Premier League

The Reds lost their last match 0-1 against Manchester United at Anfield. Wayne Rooney scored the only goal of the game in the second half. The Reds are now 8 points below the dreamed of fourth place in the standings. So, Liverpool need the three points from their upcoming match against Norwich, but that won’t be an easy task. The Reds recorded a 1-1 draw against The Canaries at home earlier this season and now the task will be more difficult.

On the other hand, Norwich are in very poor form. The Canaries lost their last 3 competitive matches, conceding 9 goals and scoring just once. They were smashed 3-0 by Bournemouth in the last round and they will need serious improvement if they want to take a point from their next game. Norwich have one of the worst defences in The Premier League. The Canaries have conceded 38 goals in 22 matches.

Norwich City haven’t won a match against Liverpool since 30th April 1994 when The Canaries won 1-0 at Anfield. They have recorded only 10 victories over The Reds, while Liverpool have won 26 matches.

Team News

Gary O’Neil was sent off in the 31st minute of the game against Stoke and is going to miss the match against Liverpool through suspension.

There are no injured players in Norwich’s squad. Alex Neil is expected to make serious changes in his starting eleven because of the poor results.

Despite Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtl being injured, Kolo Toure is in very good shape and the Ivorian will start again for Liverpool.

Coutinho, Sturridge, Origi, Gomez, Ings and Rossiter will surely miss the game against Norwich. Coutinho has a hamstring problem, so does Sturridge.

Quotes of the week

alex neil Alex Neil (Norwich) : “They’re a good side. I think the biggest difference that they’ve made is their front three.”

klopp Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) : “We did really well creating the chances, but there were a lot of situation where we could have created more chances and didn’t.”

Expected line-ups:

Norwich (5-4-1): Ruddy, Wisdom, Bassong, Brady, Martin, Tettey, Redmond, Jerome, Howson, Hoolahan, Mbokani.
Subs Dorrans, Olsson, Rudd, Bennett, Whittaker, Jarvis, Mulumbu.
Not available: O’Neil
Liverpool (4-3-3): Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Leiva, Milner, Can, Henderson, Firmino, Adam Lallana.
Subs Bogdan, Enrique, Caulker, Allen, Smith, Benteke, Ibe.
Injured: Ings, Origi, Rossiter, Gomez, Skrtel, Lovren, Sturridge, Coutinho.
Not available:

Key Battle

Redmond Redmond this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
14 (7) 1405 4 1,3 2 2 0 0
milner Milner this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
17 1480 2 1,6 4 2 6 0

So far this season

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Norwich this season Liverpool this season
16 League Position 9
4 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 4 (4)
3-1 vs. Bournemouth and Sunderland Biggest win 4-1 vs. Man City
3 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 4 (3)
3 (8) (at home) Losses (away) 3 (4)
2-6 to Newcastle Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Watford and West Ham
Redmond (4) Top scorer Benteke (6)
Hoolahan (6) Assist Leader Milner (4)
Y34, R3 Discipline Y41, R1
6 Failures to score 7
3 Clean Sheets 7
13 Both Teams to Score Games 10
12 Over 2.5 Games 9
10 Under 2.5 Games 13
  • The last match between these two teams finished with a draw at Anfield. Danny Ings opened for The Reds three minutes after the break, but Martin equalized 15 minutes later.
  • Liverpool have won 8 of the last 10 games against Norwich. The Reds have recorded 11 victories from 24 matches at Carrow Road.
  • Norwich have won 3 of their last 5 home Premier League matches. The Canaries didn’t lose any of these games and kept a clean sheet on 3 occasions.
  • The Reds lost 3 of their last 5 away Premiership matches. They conceded 8 goals and scored just 5. Liverpool also kept just one clean sheet (1-0 vs. Sunderland).

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
20/09/15 The Premier League Liverpool 1-1 Norwich D. Ings 48′
20/04/14 The Premier League Norwich 2-3 Liverpool R. Sterling 4′
04/12/13 The Premier League Liverpool 5-1 Norwich L. Suárez 15′
19/01/13 The Premier League Liverpool 5-0 Norwich J. Henderson 26′
29/09/12 The Premier League Norwich 2-5 Liverpool L. Suárez 2′