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

To be played on Sunday 20th April 2014 at 12:00. Venue: Carrow Road, Norwich.

Odds: Norwich City 8/1, Draw 9/2, Liverpool 2/5

Last season: 2-5

Preview & injury news

This game is so big for contrasting reasons. Norwich City are entering a run-in enough to give you nightmares as they sit two points above the relegation zone, and it's a big task for new boss Neil Adams to keep them up. After this game the Canaries face Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal as they bid to avoid relegation. The Canaries have lost six of their nine games and Chris Hughton was sacked during that spell.

What they don't want is a Liverpool side visiting Carrow Road sensing an opportunity to end their 24 year wait for the title on the back of 10 consecutive league wins. Their captain Steven Gerrard has compared the magnitude of this game to that of the Champions League final clashes with AC Milan, such is his desire to lift the league title. The Reds are currently two points ahead of Chelsea, and have their destiny in their own hands. A win here going into next week's crucial clash with Jose Mourinho's side, you feel, is a must.

On the injury front, the only notable absentee for the home side is Elliot Bennett who is likely to miss out with a knee injury, but could be fit enough for next week's trip to Old Trafford.

Liverpool are without Jose Enrique with a knee injury, as they have been for much of the season and there are doubts over whether Daniel Sturridge will play after he limped off in the win over Manchester City with a hamstring injury. The club has since said they will give him every opportunity to be fit for this weekend's game. One man they are without is Jordan Henderson who begins a three match ban after he was sent off in the closing stages of the win over Man City.

Key stats

Here are the top scorers from the two teams in the Premier League this season:

Luis Suarez Liverpool FW 29 29 2,604
Daniel Sturridge Liverpool FW 20 26 2,077
Steven Gerrard Liverpool MF 13 30 2,540
Gary Hooper Norwich FW 5 29 1,887
Robert Snodgrass Norwich MF 5 26 2,212
Leroy Fer Norwich MF 3 27 2,307

Their average possession statistics:

  Possession PercentagePlayed
Liverpool 54.18 34
Norwich City 46.24 34

And the amount of clean sheets they have kept:

  Clean SheetPlayed
Norwich City 11 34
Liverpool 10 34

5 players to watch

Wes Hoolahan - Hoolahan is a useful player for the home side - whether it's from the start or from the bench. He has good close control, can thread a ball through nicely and gives Norwich a bit of creativity in the middle of the park. With the Canaries in desperate need for the points, they could do with a top class performance from him.

Luis Suarez - In his last four games against Norwich City, the Uruguayan has found the net on 11 occasions, including three hat-tricks, so he does like playing against the Canaries! However, any goals he could score against them this weekend would mean more than any of the others as Liverpool are bidding to edge closer to their first title in the Premier League era.

Gary Hooper - Norwich really could do with their top scorer on song in this game. This Liverpool defence has a bit of a habit of leaking goals, having kept fewer clean sheets than the Canaries, so the home side will get their chances. They may want them to fall to their top scorer, and they'll need him to find the net. 

Joe Allen - With Jordan Henderson suspended, Brendan Rodgers is forced to make a change to his midfield, and the likely candidate is Allen. Though it will be hard to replicate the intensity and energy that Henderson possesses, Allen is handy at pressing the opposition himself. He's also not shy of getting stuck into challenges and coming up with a key pass for the side.

Bradley Johnson - Johnson is a pretty versatile player as he can operate both in the middle and from the left, and at the speed and intensity that Liverpool play at sometimes, the home side may need a big game from Johnson as at times players will get pulled out of position.

Earlier on in the season

Liverpool 5-1 Norwich City, December 2013

It was a match where Luis Suarez probably had his own goal of the month/season competition in just 90 minutes as he struck four times, and provided the assist for Liverpool's fifth as they bounced back from a disappointing defeat to Hull City. Suarez's first came from close to 40 yards out in the first quarter of an hour as his lob sailed over John Ruddy. His second was the least spectacular of the lot as he hooked in Philippe Coutinho's corner, capitalising on some poor defending from the visitors. His third involved taking on three men, including knocking the ball over Leroy Fer before a terrific strike from the edge of the box meant he put the Reds three up before the break. He added a fourth with a quarter of an hour remaining with a well-taken free kick before Bradley Johnson's header got one back for the Canaries. But Suarez set up Raheem Sterling, who took his goal well with a nice left-footed finish, which rounded off the scoring. 

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