Liverpool’s elusive pursuit of Premier League leaders Manchester City continues on Saturday as they play host to relegation-battling Norwich City at Anfield.
The Reds will be full of confidence after Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah fired them to an all-important 2-0 first-leg win against Inter Milan in midweek Champions League action.
Back to England’s top-flight, where they sit nine points adrift of Man City with a game in hand, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be looking to build on a four-game winning league streak.
Liverpool squeezed past rock-bottom Burnley 1-0 last time out, registering their third clean sheet in four Premier League matches – as many shut-outs as they had in their previous seven league outings.
Norwich’s thumping 4-0 defeat at the hands of Man City last time out brought the visitors back down to the earth following a few inspiring performances.
Dean Smith’s men had gone unbeaten in three consecutive league fixtures (W2, D1) before that loss, reinforcing their hopes of avoiding relegation come May.
The Canaries’ visit to Anfield is likely to land another blow on their survival bid, at least based on their dismal Premier League record in the red part of Merseyside.
Liverpool vs Norwich City Head-to-Head
Norwich have only won one of their last 12 Premier League matches at Anfield (D3, L8) – courtesy of a 1-0 triumph in April 1994 – netting one goal or less on each occasion.
The Canaries are winless in their last 15 Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D2, L13), conceding a whopping average of 3.1 goals per game.
The Reds’ average of 2.8 goals scored per Premier League fixture against the Norfolk outfit is their highest against any side they have met 5+ times in the competition.
Liverpool have been a force to be reckoned with at Anfield this season. They head into this matchday as the only side in the Premier League yet to lose a home match (W8, D3).
Bringing the 2020/21 season into the equation, the Reds have not lost any of their last 15 top-flight home outings (W11, D4).
Klopp’s men have strung together six league victories on home turf since a 2-2 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion in late October, five of which yielded a full-time margin of 2+ goals.
Mohamed Salah, who tops the Premier League scoring board with 16 goals and nine assists, will be under the spotlight after drawing a blank in his last two league appearances.
Norwich City Preview
With four points separating them from 17th-placed Newcastle United, Norwich will fancy their chances of avoiding a swift Championship return in the remainder of the season.
Following a stunning 3-0 win at fellow relegation rivals Watford in their most recent league trip, the Canaries are targeting back-to-back Premier League away victories for the first time since January 2012.
But that prospect looks well beyond the realms of possibility as Smith’s men have netted a league-low six away goals this Premier League campaign while conceding a league-high 25 in return.
Liverpool’s tally of 31 first-half goals scored in the Premier League this season is over twice as many as Norwich (14) have accrued in both halves to date.
Liverpool vs Norwich City Predicted Line-ups
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Naby Keita; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz.
Norwich City (4-3-3): Angus Gunn; Max Aarons, Grant Hanley, Ben Gibson, Brandon Williams; Billy Gilmour, Pierre Lees-Melou, Kenny McLean; Josh Sargent, Teemu Pukki, Milot Rashica.
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