With the winter break coming to an end, Norwich City will be welcoming league leaders Liverpool at Carrow Road as Premier League action gets back in the mix. Jurgen Klopp will be hopeful of his men to carry on the same momentum that they had prior to the break. Liverpool are on the course of their 19th league title as they’re undefeated this season with 73 points on board from 25 games.
On the contrary, Norwich City occupies the bottom spot on the table with just 18 points on board, having won four, drawn six and lost 15 games this season. Norwich will be playing for survival but even a draw at this stage against the quality Liverpool unit will seem like a miracle from Norwich’s perspective.
Date- Saturday, February 15
Kick-Off- 11:00 PM (IST)
Venue- Carrow Road
Emiliano Buendia has returned to fitness and could be named in the starting eleven. Ben Godfrey has undergone his suspension and should be seen on the defensive backline for the hosts. Timm Klose is the only injury concern for the head-coach Daniel Farke.
Sadio Mane missed out against West Ham and Southampton due to a hamstring injury and will be assessed prior to the game if he’s fit enough to start. James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are also in doubts to start for the away side. Nathaniel Clyne remains a long term absentee for Jurgen Klopp. Mohamed Salah and Robert Firmino are certain to lead the attack, while, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Wijnaldum could be the midfield three.
NOR (Expected Playing 11)- Krul; Byram, Godfrey, Zimmerman, Aarons; McLean, Tettey; Cantwell, Duda, Buendia; Pukki
LIV (Expected Playing 11)- Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, V Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane
Teemu Pukki has been one of the top performers for Norwich on the forward line. Pukki has 11 goals, three assists and a pass accuracy of 82.7% from 2135 minutes in the league this season.
Mohamed Salah has been in sublime touch for Liverpool. The Egypt international has 14 goals, six assists and a pass accuracy of 77.2% from 22 appearances in the league this season.
Emiliano Buendia can be pivotal in the midfield region for Norwich. Buendia has seven assists and a pass accuracy of 81.6% from 24 appearances this season.
Robert Firmino has been vital in the final third for Liverpool. The Brazillian has eight goals, seven assists and a pass accuracy of 79.5% from 2073 minutes in the league this season.
From the last six meetings between the two teams, Liverpool has won five games, while one game has ended as a draw.
Liverpool are the clear cut favourites heading into the game.
Goalkeeper- T Krul
Defenders- T Alexander-Arnold, V v Dijk, J Gomez, B Godfrey
Midfielders- S Mane, Fabinho, E Buendia, K McLean
Forwards- M Salah (C), R Firmino (VC)
Goalkeeper- T Krul
Defenders- A Robertson, V v Dijk, M Aarons
Midfielders- J Henderson, Fabinho, T Cantwell
Forwards- M Salah, R Firmino (C), T Pukki (VC)
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