Jurgen Klopp’s men will be determined to make a positive start when they host Norwich City at Anfield to kick-off the new season.
Liverpool vs Norwich City – Premier League 2019/20
Date: Friday, 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 8 PM BST
Liverpool were just short of the finishing line once again as they lost to Man City on penalties in the Community Shield on Sunday. The Reds of Merseyside lost the league title to Man City on the final day of the season by just one point. However, Liverpool recovered from the setback and went on to lift the UEFA Champions League trophy in Madrid. The Reds will be looking to start the new season on a positive note and will be looking to win their first league title since 1989. Meanwhile, the Championship winners of 2018/19 Norwich City will be aiming to survive relegation after an amazing season.
Jurgen Klopp is delighted to have his full squad back but we might see the likes of Sadio Mane and Naby Keita on the bench for now. That could mean another start for Divock Origi who recently signed a long-term contract with the Reds. It will be interesting to see if Joel Matip earns a starting spot after his impressive performance against Man City in the Community Shield. However, Trent Alexander-Arnold has had a shaky pre-season but he should regain his form once the season starts.
Norwich boss Daniel Farke might not be a happy man after looking at their fixture as Norwich face three of the top 6 teams in their first five fixtures. Nevertheless, Norwich have a young team who can give the fight to the top teams. Leading the line for the Canaries is the goal machine Teemu Pukki who scored an impressive 29 goals for the Canaries last season. The midfield has the ability to produce a lot of goals. However, the Canaries have a very young backline which concede goals but they are very promising and will only improve.
Liverpool and Norwich City have met only 16 times in the Premier League with the Reds being the dominant side with 11 wins. The Canaries have won just two games and both teams shared points on three occasions.
The last time both sides met was back in January 2016 which resulted in a 5-4 victory for the Reds of Merseyside.
Liverpool’s new signing and former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian will be available for the game having joined the Reds on a free transfer.
Sadio Mane has reported back in training following the Charity Shield loss to Man City. However, he’s expected to be on the bench for this game.
James Milner is likely to be back in contention after suffering from a slight muscle problem.
Nathaniel Clyne remains the only long-term absentee after suffering from an ACL injury back in pre-season.
Christoph Zimmerman and Alexander Tettey are likely to miss the game with respective injuries.
Timm Klose remains doubtful for the match after suffering from a hip injury.
• On the only previous occasion that Liverpool started a league season at home against Norwich City, the Reds one day top-flight League title ahead of Manchester City in 2nd (1976-77), the Reds beat Norwich 1-0 at Anfield on matchday one that season.
• Daniel Farke will be the 12th different manager whose first ever Premier League game has been against Liverpool.
• Norwich winger Onel Hernandez will become the 1st Cuban player to play in the Premier League if he features at Anfield.
Good players find a way, best players always find a way and so did Mo Salah. What a season it has been for the Egyptian. Salah was the joint highest scorer in the PL (along with Sadio Mane and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang) scoring 22 goals out of Liverpool’s total of 89 goals. Salah was involved in a goal every 98 minutes which is impressive. Much has been expected from Roberto Firmino this season, the Brazilian had his ups and downs last season. Firmino ended the season with 12 which can get better this season.
Norwich City were the top scoring team in the championship last season with Teemu Pukki scoring a massive 29 goals to help the canaries achieve promotion. The Finish International has scored a goal every 132 minutes. You can’t score a lot if you don’t get enough service but that is not the case here at Norwich as we saw Emiliano Buendia, Marco Stiepermann, Marco Vrancic and Onel Hernandez combined to 35 goals and 37 assists.
Mo Salah to score anytime @3/4
Roberto Firmino to score anytime @1/1
Teemu Pukki to score anytime @9/2
Liverpool ended their 2018/19 season as the best team defensively. The Reds have conceded the least amount of goals and kept the highest clean sheets in the league. Offensively, Liverpool were the second most scoring team with 89 goals. On top of that, Liverpool managed to go through the entire season losing only one game and remaining unbeaten at home.
Norwich City were the best team in the Championship last season. The Canaries were scored the highest goals in the Championship, much credit goes to Teemu Pukki who went on to be the top-scorer with 29 goals. Norwich also went on a 14-game unbeaten streak during their championship run, which no other team could match. However, Norwich were not the best defensively as they conceded 57 goals and managed to keep only 9 clean sheets out of 46 games.
Under 1.5 goals @6/1
Over 1.5 goals @1/7
Under 2.5 goals @2/1
Over 2.5 goals @4/9
Liverpool have struggled in pre-season games as they had many key players arriving at different times. The Reds’ attack and defence aren’t at their best yet but we saw a lot of positives during the Community Shield game which they lost in penalties. Norwich, on the other hand, haven’t been that active in the transfer market and their current squad might struggle with the demands of the Premier League. With Liverpool almost having their full squad back, we expect the Reds to be on the winning side.
Liverpool to win @2/13
Norwich to win @25/1