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Match Preview: Norwich City v Liverpool

14 February 2020

Premier League football returns to Carrow Road on Saturday (5.30pm KO) as Norwich City host league leaders Liverpool.

Our Match Preview provides an insight on the opposition, with expert analysis from journalist James Pearce, as well as who will be officiating the game and details on special matchday activities.

Opposition guide

Jurgen Klopp’s side come into this game resurgent in their quest, not just to win the Premier League for the first time ever, but to do so by a huge margin.

Just one draw in the league all season highlights the size of the task that City have ahead of them, with Liverpool having also won eight of the last nine league matches while keeping a clean sheet.

It comes as no surprise that Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane remain the Reds’ top scorers for this season, but centre-back Virgil Van Dijk has also chipped in with four of his own. The Dutchman, alongside goalkeeper Alisson, has been crucial to this season’s success, The Athletic’s Liverpool correspondent James Pearce told us.

“Those two signings transformed Liverpool from being a top four team to be the absolute juggernaut they are now,” he said. “They gave them what Liverpool had lacked previously, which was real defensive strength and a world-class goalkeeper.”

It’s hard to forget the last time the two sides met at Carrow Road, as an end-to-end game saw Liverpool emerge 5-4 victors early in Klopp’s tenure in 2016.

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Ref watch

Stuart Attwell will oversee the fixture and be assisted by Simon Long and Sian Massey-Ellis. David Coote will be the fourth official. Paul Tierney and Simon Bennett are overseeing VAR.

Attwell has refereed 18 games so far this season across the Premier League, Europa League, FA Cup, and Championship, handing out 92 yellow cards and three reds across those fixtures.

He was last appointed to officiate a Norwich game for our 3-1 defeat at home to Manchester United in October, handing out two yellow cards for either side and awarding a couple of penalties to the visitors on that day (both of which Tim Krul saved).

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Important info for supporters

As part of the Heads Up campaign, Under-18s players will be helping with programme selling while wearing ‘Kick off the conversation’ t-shirts to promote the importance of discussing mental health.

Both teams will also be wearing the shirts during their pre-match warmups.

Saturday’s game has also been selected for the Tampa Bay takeover, meaning there will be a special Tampa Bay target mat at the FanZone with prizes to be won, as well as the beginning of a competition for supporters to get the chance to travel with the Under-23s to Tampa Bay on their 2020-21 pre-season tour. For more information, click HERE.

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We will have a selection of special pre-match displays taking place in the ground prior to kick-off. There will be a flag display in the Barclay, while in the Regency stand there will also be a flag display and a Justin Fashanu flag to celebrate last Sunday's 40th anniversary of his outstanding goal against Liverpool as well as his birthday, which would have been next Wednesday.

The originally planned confetti display will not take place in the lower Barclay due to weather warnings.

All queries and feedback relating to Along Come Norwich and their coordinated matchday activities at Carrow Road should be directed through email to

We have a guide for all supporters heading to Carrow Road. It has lots of information about getting to Carrow Road, prohibited items, stadium opening times and much more. Click here to view it.

Away fans have a dedicated venue to attend prior to the match kicking off. The Waterfront, situated on King Street, has a beer garden with a licensed bar offering a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and food vendors.

Away fans can enter the stadium from 3.30pm.

Please note that the majority of kiosks in the stadium this season have contactless-only tills. In the away end, the left-hand lanes of kiosks are contactless-only.

How to follow

Supporters can sign up to Canaries TV to watch our matchday show, #NR1Live. The broadcast on Saturday will start at 5pm and feature pre and post-match reaction from presenter Darren Eadie and his studio guests, former player Damien Francis and Under-23s Head Coach David Wright. During the match, supporters will be able to listen to commentary from BBC Radio Norfolk's Chris Goreham.

We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.

There will also be a minute-by-minute live match blog on and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

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