Liverpool v Norwich City: Premier League match preview

A look ahead to this week’s Premier League fixture at Anfield

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from their weekend defeat to Hull City as they welcome Norwich City to Anfield on Wednesday night.

The Merseyside club will again be without half of their deadly SAS attacking duo as Daniel Sturridge continues to be absent through injury. However, Liverpool will be hoping that they can maintain their home form which has propelled them into the Champions League places.  Norwich, on the other hand, will be looking to build on their weekend win against Crystal Palace as Chris Houghton’s men start to mount their climb up the Premier League table.

For Liverpool, the most potent threat will be Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan has been lethal in front of goal since his return from suspension this season, scoring nine goals in seven league appearances.

Norwich secured a valuable win at the weekend thanks to Gary Hooper scoring his second Premier League goal of his career. His goal was a result of some fine attacking build up play by the home team and Norwich won’t be abandoning their attacking philosophy when they visit Anfield.

Liverpool have been in superb form at home, their only loss at Anfield coming against Southampton in September. However, for Norwich, their away form has been quite the opposite. Their only away win came against Stoke earlier in the season, with heavily losses to Arsenal and Manchester City quickly following.

Liverpool will be looking to continue their good early season form before they face tough tests against Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea in the month of December. For Norwich, Liverpool represent their toughest until the end of the month when they face Manchester United. Even though this isn’t considered a must win game for the away side, picking up three points would put them in a good position heading into the busy Christmas period.

KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm

PAST MEETINGS…

Liverpool 5 (Henderson, Suarez, Sturridge, Gerrard, Bennett og) Norwich 0, Premier League, January 2013

Norwich 2 (Morison, Holt) Liverpool 5 (Suarez 3, Sahin, Barnett og), Premier League, September 2012

Norwich 0 Liverpool 3 (Suarez 3), Premier League, April 2012

Liverpool 1 (Bellamy) Norwich 1 (Holt), Premier League, October 2011

STATS…

Liverpool have won seven out of the last eight encounters between these two sides.

Liverpool have scored 13 goals in the previous five home games against Norwich

Norwich have failed to score on three occasions in their last six encounters with Liverpool

Liverpool have only lost two Premier League games at home since the start of 2013

ODDS…

Liverpool to win: 1.25

Norwich to win: 12.1

Draw: 5.50

TV: Highlights on BBC One at 10.35pm

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