Match Preview: Norwich City vs. Liverpool

After a long week or so, the Winter break has finally come to an end and the Reds travel to Norwich to take on the Canaries in a first versus last match up. 

A win for Liverpool would see their lead go to TWENTY-FIVE points clear and one game closer to the elusive Premier League trophy. 

Carrow Road has not been an easy place to play for the top six this season. Manchester City lost there earlier this season, as Tottenham and Arsenal dropped points as well. 

The Canaries are almost surely going down as it stands, but do not write them off in this game as they are trying to secure any points that they can to stay up for next season.

There are some slight concerns that Storm Dennis may wreak havoc on the country this weekend, but there should not be any postponements this weekend as it is expected to not be as bad as last week’s Storm Ciara. 

Team News

The Winter break has given the Liverpool players a much-needed rest as Jurgen Klopp has a full squad available.

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James Milner has fully recovered from his injury as well as Sadio Mane. Both fully trained with the squad earlier this week and Klopp confirmed that they will be available for Saturday. 

Xherdan Shaqiri is still ruled out with a muscle injury but is expected to return to training soon. 

Daniel Farke confirmed that defender Timm Klose is the only absentee for the matchup against the Reds. 

Ben Godfrey is back in contention for the Canaries as he has finished serving his three-match ban.

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Predicted Lineup

Once again, expect the back five to remain the same as there’s no need to mess up what’s not broken. 

I’m expecting Fabinho to start in the 6 role with Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum ahead of him. 

Although Sadio Mane is available, I would not be surprised if Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Takumi Minamino start out on the left with Roberto Firmino through the middle and Mo Salah on the right. 

What To Expect

Liverpool are known to struggle after long breaks so expect the first 20 minutes or so to be rather slow and choppy as the Reds get their legs back under them. 

Norwich will be up to the task against the Premier League leaders, but I cannot see them doing enough to stop the rampant Reds. 

Liverpool’s quality will certainly outshine Farke’s squad and I see it as a comfortable victory for Klopp’s men just like the 4-1 result in August. 

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