Written By: @ourkop
Liverpool take on Norwich at Anfield on Wednesday night in a game that could not have come any sooner for the Reds following their 3-1 humiliation to Hull City on Sunday.
Liverpool deserved nothing from the Hull game and Brendan Rodgers has admitted to taking full responsibility for the defeat as he tactically got it all wrong with the players he picked to play.
The injury to Daniel Sturridge did not help Liverpool going into the Hull game and now that it has been confirmed that the England striker will be out of action for 8 weeks, Liverpool have to somehow find a way to cope without him.
Going into the Norwich game, Liverpool will be boosted by the news that Philippe Coutinho is fit to start that game having only come on as a substitute against Hull. When the Brazilian playmaker came on in the second half, he made an immediate impact and added more attacking options and creativity to the Liverpool side which Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling failed to do.
Rodgers will also have to make a decision as to who he plays in defence against Norwich. The partnership of Martin Skrtel and Kolo Toure simply did not work against Hull and changes are expected for the Norwich game. Expect to see Mamadou Sakho most likely partner Martin Skrtel for this one.
The biggest selection problem for Rodgers ahead of the Norwich tie will be his attacking options. Sturridge’s injury has highlighted the lack of striking depth in the Liverpool squad and that can only be addressed when the January transfer window opens. For now, Rodgers has to do with what he has which may mean Iago Aspas gets a rare chance to fill in for Sturridge and partner Luis Suarez upfront. Suarez enjoys playing against Norwich as he has scored seven goals in his last three games against the Canaries.
This game will be far from easy for Liverpool and the staff and players have to treat Norwich with much more respect that they did against Hull or else another embarrassing home defeat could be on the cards. The first goal in this game will be crucial and an early strike for the Reds could help settle the nerves down as the pressure is firmly on them following the Hull defeat. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Glen Johnson and Jordan Henderson are going to have to step up and lead the team around them if Liverpool are to walk away with all three points.
Liverpool v Norwich City Pre-Match Stats
Liverpool have won seven and lost none (D1) of their last eight Barclays Premier League games against Norwich City.
Norwich have won just three of their 25 Premier League away games under Chris Hughton (W3 D7 L15).
Luis Suarez has scored seven goals in his last three league games against Norwich, with four of them coming from outside the box.
Of Suarez’s seven goals against Norwich City, just one has been scored at Anfield. The other six came in two games at Carrow Road (two hat-tricks).
Liverpool have won eight and lost just one of their last 12 Premier League home games (D3).
Brendan Rodgers’ side have shipped just three goals in the last eight league matches at Anfield.
Norwich City have scored just eight goals in the last 14 away games and failed to score in eight of those 14 matches.
Norwich have only won back to back Premier League games once since December 2012.
Liverpool have only kept one clean sheet in their last 10 Premier League matches – this after keeping six in their previous seven games.
Liverpool have conceded 3+ goals in consecutive Premier League games for only the third time (also in Feb 1992 and Sept 1998). They last conceded 3+ goals in three successive top-flight games in December 1954.
Over the past six Premier League fixtures, only Norwich (14) and Fulham (15) have conceded more goals than Liverpool (11).