Who: Norwich vs Liverpool
When: Saturday, February 15th @ 10:00am ET
Line: Norwich +850 | Draw +475 | Liverpool -335
The Premier League‘s kind of sort of winter break is (finally?) over!
Liverpool are 22 points up on second place FFP violating Manchester City who are owned by a human rights abusing oil nation. The Reds are still on pace to lock up the Premier League in March.
Last we left the lads, Liverpool pounded a very in-form Southampton side at Anfield. Now they travel to Carrow Road to face very not in-form Norwich City.
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These two sides played the very first Premier League match of the season back on August 9th. The Reds won 4-1. They’ve seen gone on to win literally every match they’ve played except one, which was a draw. Norwich has gone on to do something close to the opposite, losing more matches (15) than any other EPL club.
The world was introduced to Teemu Pukki that day. Alisson went down with an injury in the 38th minute. Adrian came on to replace him. It feels like another lifetime ago.
That’s not much to analyze here. Liverpool are winning. The biggest questions are:
- Does Jurgen Klopp rotate in some of his recovering players like Joel Matip and [the perennially injured] Naby Keita?
- Or does Klopp opt to go with the same line-up he’ll use on Tuesday the 18th in his Champions League Round of 16 match-up vs Atletico Madrid?
- Will Klopp play it safe and not start Sadio Mane?
Expect some combination of the above. Klopp will roll out his preferred XI for the Atletico match, except he’ll bring Mane on as an early second half sub. Depending on how training is going, Matip will either get the center-back start or Joe Gomez, who is growing back into the best pairing for Virgil van Dijk, continues to get run.
If Liverpool build a two goal type cushion, two of Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, or Andy Robertson will come off as well. Norwich are particularly vulnerable to attacks down the flanks, so expect TAA and Robbo booming up the pitch and one of them tallying an assist.
This will essentially be a prep game for Atleti. Expect the backline to be buttoned up and organized. At a minimum, Norwich midfielders Emiliano Buendía and Todd Cantwell will challenge VVD and crew with through balls on counters to keep the lads on their toes.
Liverpool are a little wasteful but still manage an easy 3-0 win.