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Match Preview: Liverpool v Norwich City

8 August 2019

The start to Norwich City’s 2019-20 Premier League campaign has almost arrived with the Canaries set to take on European champions Liverpool on Friday night (8pm).

Daniel Farke’s men will kickstart the 28th edition of the Premier League in front of a sell-out Anfield and live on Sky Sports Main Event.

We’ve taken a look at some of the key topics ahead of kick-off:

The Opposition

Opening day assignments in English football don’t get much tougher than a trip to the six-times Champions of Europe.

Jurgen Klopp’s men capped off a superb season back in June, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in Madrid to win the UEFA Champions League.

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The triumph came off the back of a record-breaking season in the Premier League, despite finishing second behind Manchester City.

Their tally of 97 points would have been enough to win the league in 25 of the 27 last editions of the English top-flight – instead, they had to settle for a runners-up spot.

Nonetheless, it was a remarkable season for Klopp’s team and they’ll be keen to pick up where they left off on Friday night in their first competitive home fixture since their European triumph.

Pre-season hasn’t gone quite to plan though. With a number of players unavailable through international commitments, most notably Mo Salah, Sadio Mane (both African Cup of Nations) and Roberto Firmino (Copa America), Klopp has had limited resources to work with.

They suffered four defeats from seven non-competitive preparation matches but bounced back to run Man City close in the Community Shield on Sunday, eventually losing on penalties.

Info for away supporters

Tickets for the fixture are sold out - 2,936 Norwich City supporters will be making the trip to Anfield. Away fans are seated in the Anfield Road Stand.

The postcode for Anfield is L4 0TH. For directions from Carrow Road, CLICK HERE.

If travelling by train, Kirkdale Railway Station is the closest to the ground (just under a mile away). However, it may be more advisable to go to Sandhills Railway Station as this has the benefit of a bus service to the ground.

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Just across from the away fans turnstiles is a small fanzone area that has a bar facility. If it is a pub that you are after then a few minutes walk along Anfield Road is the Arkles.

Stats

Daniel Farke will be the 12th different manager whose first ever Premier League game has been against Liverpool. Four of the previous 11 have won (Brian Clough, John Gregory, Paul Sturrock and Craig Shakespeare), though the four managers to do so in a game at Anfield have all lost (David Pleat, Chris Hutchings, Tony Adams and Ronald Koeman).

On the only previous occasion that Liverpool started a league season at home against Norwich City, the Reds won the top-flight league title ahead of Manchester City in 2nd (1976-77). Liverpool beat Norwich 1-0 at Anfield on matchday one that season.

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Norwich winger Onel Hernandez (pictured) will become the first Cuban player to play in the Premier League if he features at Anfield.

Previous meeting

This will be the first time that Liverpool and Norwich have met since a nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road in January 2016, which the Reds prevailed 5-4. Sébastien Bassong had scored an equaliser to make it 4-4 in the 92nd minute, before Adam Lallana netted the winner on 94:18.

How to follow

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Main Event.

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 canaries.co.uk and you can also receive updates on our Instagram and Facebook pages.

Canary fans can also sign up to the Norwich City WhatsApp group to receive the official Premier League teamsheet ahead of the game sent straight to your phone, as well as the half-time and full-time score and game highlights the following day. Click HERE to sign up. 

Odds

To place a bet on Liverpool v Norwich City with our Principal Club Partner Dafabet, visit: http://dafa.io/ncfcprice

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Match Reports

City beaten by clinical Liverpool as Teemu Pukki opens account

9 August 2019

A brutal first-half display from Liverpool meant the Canaries were beaten 4-1 on the opening night of the Premier League season.

City created chances throughout but Liverpool were clinical in the first-half, taking all of the good chances that fell their way. Teemu Pukki opened his Premier League account in the second half, and despite the scoreline Norwich acquitted themselves well against the European champions.

Todd Cantwell was rewarded for an excellent pre-season with a place in City’s front four, while Tom Trybull and Kenny McLean were paired together in the centre of midfield as Daniel Farke kept faith with the side that got City promoted.

For Liverpool, Sadio Mane took his place on the bench after returning to training only a week earlier.

City had the first chance of the match, with Pukki battling well on the left to rob Trent Alexander-Arnold, before cutting it back to Marco Stiepermann 15 yards out. Unfortunately his first-time shot was drilled over Alisson’s goal.

Liverpool punished City just four minutes later to open the scoring. Divock Origi drilled in a cross from the left but the unfortunate Grant Hanley sliced his near-post clearance past Tim Krul.

City almost equalised immediately with a well-worked move. Jamal Lewis broke down the left, squared it to Pukki on the edge of the area, who cleverly backheeled it to Stiepermann. He advanced into the area but curled his shot over when he probably should have done better.

The game was very open, with both sides leaving space in behind as they got on the front foot. On 21 minutes Lewis did well to carry the ball through the middle and slipped in Pukki, but he was crowded out just as he was about to pull the trigger 10 yards out. Liverpool broke up the other end and Andy Robertson was left in too much space on the edge of the area and blazed a shot just wide.  

City were made to pay for those missed chances when Alexander-Arnold got away on the right, fed in Mo Salah who played a quick one-two with Bobby Firmino and Salah rolled it under Krul to double Liverpool’s lead.

City had another golden chance on 22 minutes, with great work from Cantwell, Stiepermann and Emi Buendia on the edge of the area finding room for a through-ball to Pukki, whose chip was brilliantly saved one-handed by Alisson.

The two-goal deficit didn’t cower City, with Buendia having a shot comfortably saved by Alisson before a Stiepermann pile-driver from 20 yards forced Alisson into another top-class save.

Again City were made to pay, with Virgil van Dijk heading in a corner on 29 minutes to make it 3-0. City had crafted as many chances, but Liverpool had been clinical.

Krul denied Liverpool a fourth on 31 minutes with a breathtaking save. Firmino swivelled in the area and let fly with a volley that Krul somehow beat away at full stretch.

Liverpool were forced into a change after 38 minutes when Alisson appeared to land heavily on his knee after slipping while taking a goalkick. He was replaced by Adrian, who was making his debut.

Four minutes before half-time Origi made it four, ghosting between Hanley and Aarons to head in.

City went into the break shellshocked, with their good work in attack unrewarded and Liverpool clinical at the other end.

Krul was called into action three minutes into the second half, producing a good save to parry away Jordan Henderson’s 15-yard effort.

With Liverpool controlling possession in the second half, Farke brought on Moritz Leitner for Stiepermann after 58 minutes. His introduction helped City gain more possession, and moments after he crashed a shot against the crossbar City had one back. Buendia picked it up on the right and slotted a great ball through to Pukki, who gathered well and rolled the ball into the corner.

On 70 minutes Farke made his second change, Onel Hernandez becoming the first Cuban to play in the Premier League when he replaced Tom Trybull. Klopp made his first change shortly after, with Mane coming on for Origi.

Hernandez and Buendia tested Adrian from range in quick succession, but the goalkeeper made two comfortable saves as City looked to pull another back.

Pukki went off to a standing ovation on 82 minutes, as Josip Drmic came on to make his debut.

Both teams went searching for anothe goal, with Hernandez and Buendia going close for Norwich and Krul saving well from an Alexander-Arnold free-kick. 

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