A Russell Martin goal gave Norwich a hard-fought point at Anfield earlier in the season, and that may give boss Alex Neil a little confidence boost going into Saturday’s game at Carrow Road. Unfortunately for the relegation-threatened Canaries though, is the fact that in every season that Liverpool and Norwich have met in the league since 1994, the Reds have dished out one high-scoring hammering.
This year – they’re due one.
2013/14: Liverpool 5-1 Norwich
2012/13: Liverpool 5-0 Norwich and Norwich 2-5 Liverpool
2011/12: Norwich 0-3 Liverpool
2004/05: Liverpool 3-0 Norwich
1994/95: Liverpool 4-0 Norwich
Although Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t exactly set the world alight with their attacking play so far under the German’s tenure. In his 14 league games at the helm, Liverpool have scored 17 goals – an average of 1.2 goals a game. In fact in 36 per cent of Klopp’s league games Liverpool have failed to score at all – against Manchester United, West Ham, Watford, Newcastle and Tottenham.
However, it’s not all bad news for Liverpool fans. When the team have been in full flow they’ve looked as dangerous as Donald Trump on a segway. Three goals away to Chelsea, four away to Manchester City, and another three at home to Arsenal is enough proof that when they do find their shooting boots they’re a force to be reckoned with, and Norwich’s defence this season has looked as stable as the relationships of those in the Celebrity Big Brother house.
No side has lost by three or more goals more times than Norwich this season, with Bournemouth, Tottenham, Newcastle and Southampton, all racking up victories by at least three goals. In fact, in Norwich’s last four defeats in all competitions they’ve conceded three goals – Bournemouth (3-0), Stoke (3-1), Man City (0-3) and Tottenham (3-0) – with their defence being broken more times than the banks of the rivers in the north of England.
Surprisingly, Norwich fans can boast that only three sides have a better defensive home record than the Canaries – and in fact, Alex Neil’s men have conceded just 10 goals in their 10 home games and kept three clean sheets. A record Liverpool will look to seriously dent…
Liverpool come into the match as the favourites, with Norwich friendless at in the betting and the draw at . Considering Norwich’s poor form however and Liverpool’s ability to put up a big score, there might be a touch of value in Liverpool to win and over 3.5 goals in the game at – a bet that would have clicked in both of Liverpool’s last two visits to Carrow Road.
A repeat of Liverpool’s 3-2 win in this fixture last season is priced at while it is a tempting for Liverpool to score three or more goals in the match – something they have achieved in five of their last six head-to-heads with Norwich.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have shown glimmers of their attacking prowess since he took charge, and they have the Canaries in their sights as they look to continue their annual hammering of Norwich.