Liverpool v Norwich City - Match Preview, Stats & Team News

To be played on Wednesday 4th December 2013 at 19:45. Venue: Anfield, Liverpool.

Odds: Liverpool 2/7, Draw 21/4, Norwich City 12/1

Last season: 5-0

Preview & injury news

Liverpool may have had a decent start to the season but their loss on Sunday against Hull City was a big blow in their aim for a top four place this season in a month of difficult fixtures, so they will view this game as a must win at Anfield. Last season Liverpool put ten past Norwich in their two league meetings so they will be hoping for a similar performance this time around. For the Canaries, they had a bit of stuttering start to the season but seem to have a bit of an upturn in form having won two of their last three against sides around them in the league.

On the injury front, Liverpool's notable absentees include Daniel Sturridge and Jose Enrique with fairly lengthy injuries but Philippe Coutinho will be fit enough to start. Defender Kolo Toure is to be assessed ahead of the match after picking up a knock to the hip against Hull City. For Norwich there seems to be no fresh concerns with Robert Snodgrass not due back until the Christmas period and Ricky Van Wolfswinkel due back in less than a fortnight. Anthony Pilkington's hamstring injury is likely to keep him out until a couple of weeks into the New Year.

Key stats

Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge are Liverpool's top scorers in the league with nine goals each this season.

Gary Hooper, Leroy Fer and Jonathan Howson are Norwich City's top scorers in the league with two goals each this season.

Liverpool had 61% possession in their last league match, a 3-1 defeat away to Hull City. 

Norwich had 60% possession in their last league match, a 1-0 win at home to Crystal Palace.

5 players to watch

Philippe Coutinho - Coutinho didn't train last week which is why he was on the bench for the match at Hull City but with him back in the side, can he provide the key to unlock the Norwich defence and get Liverpool back to winning ways?

Wes Hoolahan - Norwich do look a more creative and all round better side with Hoolahan in the side. He possesses some real quality which can harm even the best defences - and he'll be fancying his chances of causing some trouble against a side that has conceded six goals in their last two matches.

Luis Suarez - In his last three games against the Canaries, Suarez has struck on seven occasions - including two hat-tricks, so he does like playing against him. He will be heavily fancied to get on the scoresheet here, especially after failing to find the net on Sunday.

Leroy Fer - Fer came very close to signing for Liverpool's local rivals in Everton but ever since joining Norwich he has become quite a big presence in their side, and knows where the goal is. He's going to need to play well in order for Norwich to leave Anfield with a good result.

Victor Moses - Moses has come in for a lot of criticism for his performance on Sunday but it wouldn't be surprising to see him line up against Norwich. He's got a point to prove to both the fans and to Brendan Rodgers if he really wants a sustained run in the side. 

Last time they met

Liverpool 5-0 Norwich City, Premier League, January 2013

A performance that indicated that Liverpool were starting to click under Brendan Rodgers as they put the Canaries to the sword at Anfield. Jordan Henderson put the reds in front just after the midway point in the first half with a glorious strike from the edge of the penalty area before Luis Suarez doubled Liverpool's lead after Daniel Sturridge cleverly dummied Lucas Leiva's pass. Sturridge got on the scoresheet just after the break by tapping in from close range from a Stewart Downing cross before a low 25-yard drive from Steven Gerrard made it four. Raheem Sterling came off the bench to see his cross turned into his own net by Ryan Bennett.

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