Match Preview: Liverpool vs Norwich City

Liverpool welcomes newly promoted Norwich City to Anfield for the 2019-20 Premier League opener, tonight at 21:00 (CET).

European champions Liverpool and newcomers Norwich City will have the honors to get the new Premier League season underway, as they face each other at Anfield this evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s side finished the 2018-19 campaign with club-record 97 points, which were still not enough for the Reds to finally lift the English championship.

They are going into the new season with the same objective as last year – to try and maybe win the Premier League title.

Norwich City, on the other hand, won the EFL Championship last term, winning 94 points out of 46 games in second-tier English football.

They are back in the Premier League after a three-year absence with the intention to stay here as long as they can.

Team news

Sadio Mane is expected to return to Jurgen Klopp’s squad after missing out the Community Shield game against Manchester City last weekend.

Nathaniel Clyne is the only player out of contention, due to a knee injury he suffered in the pre-season game against Borussia Dortmund.

Christoph Zimmermann, Louis Thompson, Timm Klose and Alexander Tettey are all expected to miss the game for Norwich City through injuries.

Keep an eye on

Mohamed Salah is expected to be the star of the night in the Premier League opener. The Egyptian winger showed that he is in great shape in the Community Shield encounter with Manchester City, although he failed to find the net at Wembley.

Also keep an eye on Teemu Pukki, Norwich City’s top scorer of the 2018-19 campaign, with 30 goals by his name across all competitions.

What did the managers say

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp says he is satisfied from what he saw against Manchester City and wants his team to build on that performance.

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“The last game was good, I think as good as possible for the moment when we played it against City, especially the second half. Everybody knows that was really OK, now let’s build on that,” he said via the club’s official website.

“What’s very important, even as a team who won the Champions League last year, [is that] we have to stay the team who nobody wants to play against – not because of the name or the quality we have, but because of the intensity we put into the game.

“That’s what I will ask the boys for and what we have to show tomorrow night for the first time this season.”

Jurgen Klopp’s compatriot in charge at Norwich City, Daniel Farke believes the Canaries could benefit from their status as top relegation contend

“For me, the most important thing is that we stick to our principles. We want to go with our style and stick to our beliefs,” said Farke at his pre-match press conference.

“We know we are favorites for position 20 in the league. But everyone said we needed to spend loads of money last year, we broke rules last season and we want to break more rules this season.

“Our lack of Premier League experience could be a positive. Our naivety could be a good thing. I want my players to go out there and think about why they first started playing football. I want them to be brave and enjoy playing.”

Stats

Liverpool have won eight of their last 10 encounters with the Canaries, but their last meeting at Anfield ended in a 1-1 draw back in 2015.

The Reds scored five goals in four of those 10 clashes with Norwich City, with their most recent encounter finishing in a 5-4 victory for the Merseyside club.

Norwich City’s last defeat in an official game came in February last season.

It was their only defeat in the Championship since the start of the New Year, as the Canaries noted 10 wins and four draws in the final 14 games fo the 2018-19 campaign.

Liverpool are on a nine-game winning streak in the Premier League. The Reds are also unbeaten in the last 17 games in top-flight English football.

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