Preview: Norwich and Liverpool face off on Saturday at Carrow Road, with both sides looking for their first victory of the new Premier League season. It has been a tough beginning for both clubs’ new managers, though understandably it has been Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers under all the spotlight as he has overseen the Reds’ worse start to a season in over 100 years.
It was a familiar story for the former Swansea manager last weekend as Liverpool suffered defeat to Manchester United, despite playing well for large parts of the match. But once again a lack of cutting edge up front coupled with a propensity for individual errors led to their downfall.
A second-string Liverpool side showed promise in midweek, though, as they came from behind to beat West Brom in the Capital One Cup in midweek. After scoring both goals, Nuri Sahin looks to be adjusting to the English game and should come into the starting lineup on Saturday in place of Jonjo Shelvey, who starts his three-game suspension following his sending off last week.
There will be fitness tests for both Daniel Agger and Fabio Borini after injuries picked up against Manchester United. Martin Kelly will be out for a long time having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.
After an opening day 5-0 humbling at Fulham, things have improved somewhat for Norwich coach Chris Hughton. The Canaries are unbeaten at Carrow Road in two matches this season but with just two goals in the Premier League this season, it is clear where the problem lies.
While Anthony Pilkington could return to boost Norwich’s goal-scoring potential, on-loan striker Harry Kane is out after suffering a fractured metatarsal against Doncaster on Wednesday.
D: Martin, Barnett, Turner, Garrido
M: Snodgrass, Johnson, Howson, Surman
D: Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique
M: Gerrard, Allen, Sahin
F: Borini, Suarez, Sterling
Prediction: Norwich look to be struggling to replicate last season’s fine performance in the Premier League. Despite poor results, there have been plenty of encouraging signs for Brendan Rodgers’ new look Liverpool and they should finally pick up their first league win.
Norwich 0-2 Liverpool