After a shock loss in their first match without star Daniel Sturridge, down-but-certainly-not-out Liverpool host Norwich City on Wednesday night at the Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers side suffered a 3-1 letdown to Hull City over the weekend, but have the opportunity to right the ship against a 14th place Canaries squad they’ve defeated three straight times and outscored 13-2.
Uruguayan forward Luis Suarez has tallied seven of those goals, including two hat tricks in the recent Norwich victories, and with Sturridge out until at least February he’ll be asked to shoulder much of the attack. The Reds are also unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches against the Canaries.
Currently fourth on the league table, Liverpool will have to continue that trend in order to keep pace with Manchester City and Chelsea, while attempting to chip away at Arsenal’s seven-point lead.
Winners in two of their last three matches, Norwich are coming off a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace led by forward Gary Hooper’s second goal of the season. Much of the Reds defense should focus on Hooper, as well as midfielders Jonathan Howson and Leroy Fer, each responsible for two goals this season.
Depth has been an issue of late for Liverpool, with knocks to Sturridge and defender Jose Enrique, but the Reds will reportedly start midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who underwent shoulder surgery back in September. The Brazilian's fitness does still remain in question, as Rodgers was only expected to use him sparingly as a sub until he reached top form.
Defense has been the most startlingly cause for concern for Liverpool, surrendering three or more goals in successive games for just the third time in the EPL era, according to BBC Sport.
The Reds may also start veteran defender Daniel Agger and forward Iago Aspas, both of which sat out the loss to Hull. Meanwhile, the Canaries will likely once again miss midfielders Anthony Pilkington and Robert Snodgrass.
Where to watch: Kick off is at 2:45 p.m. ET and coverage will be provided by NBC Sports, with a live stream available on NBC Sports Live Extra.
Prediction: Liverpool 2, Norwich City 1