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Oussama Assaidi the man to spark Liverpool's season into life?

Liverpool are still chasing their first Premier League win under Brendan Rodgers. After the midweek showing of Oussama Assaidi, the Reds can take great hope it will come this weekend at Carrow Road.

Liverpool did not have an enjoyable end to the season after their Carling Cup win, but one of the few enjoyable moments was at Carrow Road, when they demolished Norwich 3-0, thanks to an inspired Luis Suarez performance, capped by a goal from near the halfway line.

An article we ran yesterday suggested that Liverpool's good performances outside of the Premier League are starting to come together, and they are 'looking for a side to destroy.'

So despite their lack of wins in the league, this could actually be the Reds third away win on the trot - Young Boys, and West Brom the previous two. One of the more impressive performers, especially in the latter tie, was Moroccan winger Oussama Assaidi.

Liverpool's new number 11 is yet to make an appearance in the Premier League, but this trip to Carrow Road could be the perfect time to throw him in for his first start.

The winger cause West Brom all kinds of trouble with his pace and tricks at the Hawthorns, and quite simply could not have been more different from the performances Stewart Downing served up on a consistent basis last season.

Assaidi is clearly full of confidence and raring to go at his new club, and after featuring in Europe and the League Cup, the Premier League is his next progression.

Liverpool lined up against United at Anfield last Sunday with Fabio Borini on the left, while Luis Suarez took the central role, which the Uruguayan is expected to do again this weekend.

Yet Borini has been injured, and as Rodgers confirmed last night he has not trained all week. While his manager has admitted he could still make a surprise return, it would make far more sense to start him on the bench, considering he is out of form and fitness.

Far better to put Assaidi in the position, he would offer a completely different style of play to Borini, but one which caused West Brom trouble. There is no reason to believe he can't be as effective against Norwich.

If he does come in and put in an inspired performance, he may become difficult to dislodge from the side. The time is now for Liverpool to turn their good possession and promising play into results, and Assaidi can help them provide the cutting edge and spark their league campaign into life.

He passed his audition on Wednesday night with flying colours, and has earned the opportunity to further show what he can do and help Liverpool start rising up the table.

Watch highlights of Assaidi's performance against West Brom here...

What do you think, should Assaidi start tomorrow?

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