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LIVERPOOL PREVIEW

3 December 2013

We look ahead to Wednesday's trip to Anfield

LIVERPOOL v NORWICH CITY
Barclays Premier League
19.45 kick-off
Anfield
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

THE Canaries play their second of three Premier League games in a week on Wednesday evening when they take on Liverpool at Anfield.

While consecutive victories at home over West Ham United and Crystal Palace have given City a four-point cushion above the relegation zone, an excellent triumph at Stoke City remains their only positive result away from home in the league this season.

Anfield certainly won’t be the easiest venue to reverse that trend – Liverpool have won five of their six league matches on home soil up to now – but the momentum will be with Chris Hughton’s side after the weekend’s win.

There are no fresh injury concerns for the Canaries’ boss to contend with, while Brendan Rodgers will still be reeling after his team’s shock 3-1 reverse at Hull City on Sunday and from the news that prolific forward Daniel Sturridge is to be absent for the next two months with ankle ligament damage.

The Reds comfortably lead the head-to-head record between the two sides, having triumphed in 31 of their 58 meetings. City have won 14 times – most recent thanks to Jeremy Goss’ winner on the last day of the standing Kop at Anfield back in 1994.

MOST RECENT COMPETITIVE MEETINGS…
Liverpool 5-0 NORWICH CITY 19/01/2013 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 2-5 Liverpool 29/09/2012 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 0-3 Liverpool 28/04/2012 – Premier League
Liverpool 1-1 NORWICH CITY 22/10/2011 – Premier League
NORWICH CITY 1-2 Liverpool 29/04/2005 – Premier League

LAST TIME AROUND… Liverpool 5-0 Norwich City, January 19 2013 – Premier League...
Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez started together for the first time as the Canaries felt the full force of Liverpool at their best, going down 5-0 at Anfield in January.

Both strikers managed to score, while the Reds’ other goals came from captain Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and an own goal from City defender Ryan Bennett.

Hughton said afterwards: "What we were up against today was an extremely good Liverpool side. They were very good and clinical.

"It's been a bad day for us and we need to dust ourselves down and make sure we are better for the next game.

"We need to get back on track. Sometimes you have to accept that, with the quality these teams have, if you have a bad day you can be well beaten."

REDS’ FORM…
L – 1-3 v Hull City (A) 01/12/2013 – Premier League
D – 3-3 v Everton (A) 23/11/2013 – Premier League
W – 4-0 v Fulham (H) 09/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-2 v Arsenal (A) 02/11/2013 – Premier League
W – 4-1 v West Bromwich Albion (H) 26/10/2013 – Premier League

CANARIES FORM…
W – 1-0 v Crystal Palace (H) 30/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 1-2 v Newcastle United (A) 23/11/2013 – Premier League
W – 3-1 v West Ham United (H) 09/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-7 v Manchester City (A) 02/11/2013 – Premier League
L – 0-4 v Manchester United (A) 29/10/2013 – Capital One Cup Fourth Round

LAST LIVERPOOL XI (4-4-2 v Hull City)…
Simon Mignolet; Glen Johnson, Kolo Toure, Martin Skrtel, Jon Flanagan; Jordan Henderson, Lucas, Steven Gerrard (c), Victor Moses; Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling.  

LAST NORWICH CITY XI (4-4-2 v Crystal Palace)…
John Ruddy; Russell Martin, Ryan Bennett, Sebastien Bassong (c), Martin Olsson; Wes Hoolahan, Leroy Fer, Jonny Howson, Nathan Redmond; Johan Elmander, Gary Hooper.

REFEREE – Anthony Taylor…
City will hope Anthony Taylor proves a lucky omen – the Cheshire official was in the charge for their solitary away victory of the season at Stoke City in September.

Taylor has refereed nine games so far this season, with his most recent assignment being Crystal Palace’s 1-0 victory over Hull City on November 23 – a game in which he sent-off Eagles winger Yannick Bolasie.

He was in charge of four Norwich City games last season, including the Canaries’ famous 1-0 win over Manchester United at Carrow Road back in November.

BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE FIXTURES…
Crystal Palace v West Ham United (Tuesday, 20.00)
Arsenal v Hull City
LIVERPOOL v NORWICH CITY
Manchester United v Everton
Southampton v Aston Villa
Stoke City v Cardiff City
Sunderland v Chelsea
Swansea City v Newcastle United
Fulham v Tottenham Hotspur (20.00)
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City (20.00)

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