Liverpool v Norwich
BETTING & MATCH PREVIEW
Premier League new boys Norwich City face a baptism of fire on Friday night, as the Canaries visit Anfield to face European champions Liverpool in the opening game of the new top-flight campaign.
Liverpool will be hoping to go one better than last season in the Premier League this time around by ending their long English top-flight title drought. The Reds have surprisingly not strengthened their senior ranks ahead of the new campaign.
The fact that Jurgen Klopp’s team recorded eight straight league wins, scoring at least twice in all of the wins may have been enough to convince the German that he already has good enough options to once again push champions Manchester City for the title.
Norwich will have their work cut out taking anything away from Anfield. Liverpool are unbeaten in 40 home games in the Premier League, having won their last seven home league matches. The Reds also scored at least twice in all seven wins.
The visitors won the Championship title last season and will be in the Premier League for the first time since 2016. Daniel Farke’s side impressed in the second-tier last season, with both their results and their style of play.
The team promoted last season is a far cry from the Norwich team that lost five of their last six top-flight games in their last spell in the English top-flight. The Canaries have not exactly splashed the cash this summer. However, they have added the likes Sam Byram, Josip Drmic and Patrick Roberts to their squad.
Liverpool are without full-back Nathaniel Clyne, who could miss the whole season due to a knee injury sustained in pre-season. James Milner is carrying a slight knock, while Sadio Mane is unlikely to figure as he has just returned from the African Cup of Nations.
Norwich are expected to be without Christoph Zimmermann, Louis Thompson and Alexander Tettey due to injury, while Timm Klose is a doubt. Ralf Fahrmann is in line to make his competitive debut for the Canaries in goal. Josip Drmic, Sam Byram and Patrick Roberts may have to be content with a spot on the substitutes bench.