Canaries no match for well-rested Liverpool

Liverpool was in the brilliant form once more as they racked up four goals against Southampton to move another step closer to the title in their latest Premier League-fixture, and it seems a tall order for Norwich to achieve anything against this formidable side.

From December 4 until February 4 Liverpool, the club as such racked up 18 matches. 15 of those played out by their “first team”, whilst youngsters, reserves and the dustbin-man played out three cup-matches. Of those 15 matches, Liverpool pulled out 14 wins over 90 minutes and one win in extra time.

So, a heavy-duty schedule did not halt their quest for the title. Now imagine this side coming into this encounter against Norwich well-rested after a having a fortnight without matches. It is tough to argue for the Canaries to stop the Klopp train moving in the direction of the title. As well as their brilliant attacking nature, Liverpool’s defence remains solid with nine clean sheets in their last 10 league matches.

Norwich had the better of the chances but was left frustrated as they were held to a goalless draw against Newcastle last time out. The home side sits seven points away from safety, but that gap could increase with a hugely difficult task against Liverpool lying in wait. A month ago, they were hammered against Manchester United without offering too much of resistance with United slowly winding Daniel Farke’s side down in the second half where Norwich conceded three times.

Farke can call upon his full squad for this fixture other than long-term absentee Timm Klose with Ben Godfrey back from a ban. Not that he was missed against Southampton the visitors will still be happy to see Sadio Mané return to the squad as he is expected this weekend. Deemed fit he will most likely go straight back into the line-up.

For some reason the style of Norwich has always suited Liverpool extremely well with the Reds usually racking up “a ton” of goals against the Canaries. They won their last six visits to Carrow Road and it will be a huge shock to see this series coming to an end here. However, the prices for an away win are of course only to be considered as “a banker”, while we wouldn’t rule out either this Norwich-side being able to weigh in with a goal here. After all, they have scored in 11 of 12 home matches this season.

For that reason, we have our eyes fixed on an entertaining encounter like the reverse fixture this season in which Liverpool were 4-0 up at the interval before Norwich pulled one back courtesy of Teemu Pukki. Six of the last seven meetings between the two sides produced at least five goals.

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