Liverpool vs Norwich City prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Norwich City
This season, the Premier League curtain raiser takes place at Anfield, the iconic home of last season’s runners-up, Liverpool.
Liverpool are undefeated at Anfield in over two seasons. Their last home defeat came against Crystal Palace back in April 2017, with former Red, Christian Benteke, scoring both goals for Palace in a 2-1 defeat.
They will be aiming to go one better than their runner-up place last season.
Meanwhile, Norwich kick-off their first campaign back in the Premier League since their relegation in the 2015/16 season.
From that season, only Timm Klose and Alex Tettey have survived the player turnover at Carrow Road, as they battled their way back to England’s top-flight.
Their fans will still be smarting from the manner of their relegation that season. They looked reasonably safe with six games remaining.
However, undefeated runs from both Newcastle and Sunderland saw them both collect 12 points from a possible 18. With Norwich registering just 3 points over the same period, they slid down to 19th, 5 points adrift of 17th placed Sunderland.
Liverpool vs Norwich City: Who will win?
All eyes will be on Liverpool to secure an early 3-points in their bid to end their near 30-year wait for the Premier League title.
They are undefeated in two seasons at home, a run stretching 38 home league matches. Only Chelsea’s 86-match run between 2004-2008 has lasted longer. Unsurprisingly then, they are huge favourites to start the season with 3-points at 1/7.
The last meeting between these sides at Anfield finished in stalemate. It was one of the final nails in the coffin of Brendan Rodgers’ managerial reign at the club. After Ings gave them a 48th minute lead, they threw it away to draw 1-1 back in September 2015. Odds of 7/1 are available for a repeat result here.
Norwich haven’t defeated Liverpool in any of their last 12 matches against them. A run that stretches back more than 25 years. You can get big odds of 14/1 for them to end that run on Friday.
Liverpool vs Norwich City: Who will score?
Liverpool ended their last Premier League campaign with two of their player’s sharing the Golden Boot award, while Norwich have a Golden Boot award winner of their own in their ranks.
Mohammed Salah defied his critics who wrote him off as a ‘one-season wonder’. He claimed back-to-back golden boot awards, the second of which was shared with Mané and Aubameyang. Salah starts the match as the favourite to open the scoring, at 3/1. Or you can back him to find the net at any time at 8/13.
Sadio Mané’s 22 goals last campaign were made all the more impressive by the fact he didn’t score a single penalty or free-kick to boost his numbers. Given his late return following Senegal’s deep run in the AFCON, he may make a goal-scoring appearance from the bench. He is 7/2 to score the last goal of the game, or 4/5 to score at any time.
Teemu Pukki was the top scorer in the Championship last season. The 29-year-old Norwich striker finished the season with 29 goals, four more than Tammy Abraham and Neal Maupay. He struggled in the German top-flight for Schalke before joining Norwich.
Can Pukki reproduce his form of last season in the English top-flight? Odds of 16/1 as first scorer and 9/2 to score at any time seem to reflect the uncertainty in his ability at the highest level.
Liverpool vs Norwich City: Match preview
The previous Premier League meetings between the two teams highlight Liverpool’s past dominance in this fixture, with 11 Liverpool wins, 2 Norwich City victories and 3 draws from their 16 encounters.
All eyes will be on Liverpool to secure what many consider an easy 3 points at home to a newly promoted side. They have scored at least 3 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches against Norwich in the Premier League.
On 4 of the last 6 meetings between these sides, Liverpool have run riot on the Norwich defence, notching up 5 goals.
All those previous Liverpool sides look inferior to the current Champions of Europe, which amassed 97 points last campaign. They certainly have the firepower to blow Norwich away once again if they are on their game on Friday.
The main problem for those sides tended to be at the other end of the pitch, as referenced by the 10 goals Norwich registered against them over those last 6 matches. However, these days the Reds are famed for being tight at the back.
Alisson won the Golden Glove in every competition he was involved in last season (Champions League, Premier League and Copa America), while Virgil van Dijk is one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or.
It’s an award rarely given to defenders. Indeed, only Franz Beckenbauer and Fabio Cannavaro represent the art of defending from the 64 awards handed out.
Emiliano Buendía was the star man for Norwich last season. After becoming the club’s first signing under Daniel Farke for just £1.5m from Getafe, he quickly became the name on every Norwich fans’ lips.
With incredible vision and technical ability, he can play in tight spaces. Emi also has the passing range to open the pitch when he drops into midfield and was directly involved in 20 goals last season; 8 goals and 12 assists. He is typically the player that runs the game for Norwich.
Liverpool will be looking on Naby Keita to emerge in the coming season as the player who runs games for them. It was only seen in glimpses last season following his big-money move from Leipzig.
However, the danger men for Liverpool are likely to be the usual 3 in attack; Firmino, Mané and Salah.
Norwich will be happier than most sides to see Liverpool line up without Luis Suarez, having made a habit of scoring hat-tricks’ against them en-route to another thrashing.
Suarez remains the top performer for either club across the 50 meetings between these two sides. El Pistolero registered an outrageous 12 goals and 3 assists in just 6 matches against the Canaries, which includes 3 hat-tricks.
His 4 goals and 1 assist in their 5-1 mauling of Norwich back in December 2013 is considered the best individual performance many Reds have seen from a player.
The question now for Liverpool is: which of those 3 can pick up the mantle as the new breaker of Norfolk hearts?
Liverpool team news vs Norwich City
Nathaniel Clyne is effectively out for the season, having been diagnosed with a cruciate ligament rupture.
James Milner missed the FA Community Shield match at the weekend due to a minor muscle injury. He was back in training on Tuesday and should be fit for this Friday. Milner is likely to be involved from the bench only, if at all.
Sadio Mané only returned from his summer break on Monday. He spent most of the summer playing in the Africa Cup of Nations where he captained Senegal to the final, ultimately losing 1-0 to Algeria.
Given he will only have four days of training prior to the Norwich fixture, he is not expected to start the game. Origi is set to continue in his place. He could provide some firepower from the bench though.
Adrian is the only player recruited in the summer by Liverpool who is expected to make the first team squad for their season opener. The 32-year-old goalkeeper was signed on a free transfer to replace the departing Simon Mignolet.
Predicted Liverpool team vs Norwich City
Norwich City team news vs Liverpool
Christoph Zimmermann has been ruled out for the first few games of the season, following a surgery on his torn meniscus. Daniel Farke expects to see him back much earlier than the first international break.
Louis Thompson is still missing due to a thigh injury picked up in pre-season. He isn’t expected to take any part in Friday’s game.
Alexander Tettey picked up a calf injury in early pre-season. While no surgery was required for Alex, he is expected to miss the game this weekend.
Timm Klose has been struggling with tight hip flexors and may miss the match.
Ralf Fährmann may also miss out for Norwich as he struggles with a muscle injury.
Ibrahim Amadou, signed on loan from Sevilla just before deadline day, may start in midfield for the Canaries.
Predicted Norwich City team vs Liverpool
The latest tweets from Liverpool pre-Norwich City
🎶 Sadioooooo Mane… 🎶
⏪ Every single Sadio strike from a goal-filled 2018/19 season 😍⚽️ pic.twitter.com/myiMZFJFEJ
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 7, 2019
The latest tweets from Norwich City pre-Liverpool
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— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 7, 2019
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 7, 2019
They were also treated to a special performance by @DFImpressionist! 😂
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) August 6, 2019
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.