Liverpool VS Norwich City Final – LIVE Football Reddit Score 19 Feb 2022
Liverpool will aim to keep their winning run going when they play hosts to Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday afternoon. Jurgen Klopp has a new injury concern to contend with ahead of his team’s latest fixture. Diogo Jota is ruled out for the game against Norwich City after sustaining an ankle injury in the UEFA Champions League contest with Inter Milan earlier this week. Otherwise, Klopp has a fully fit squad at his disposal, meaning he could make a few changes on Saturday.
Two teams at opposite ends of the Premier League table meet on Saturday when title-chasing Liverpool welcome relegation-threatened Norwich City to Anfield. The Reds come into the match still unbeaten in all competitions this calendar year, but face a Norwich side whose survival hopes have been significantly boosted in recent weeks. The relentless pace set by Manchester City means that every Premier League game is effectively a must-win one for Liverpool right now, and particularly home games against struggling opposition.
Saturday will be the first time in 2022 that Jurgen Klopp’s men have played before Pep Guardiola’s side in the league, giving them the chance to crank up the pressure ever so slightly ahead of Man City’s match against Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s evening kickoff. Those wins have not all come with the same style and panache that has become a hallmark of Klopp’s Liverpool, most notably their 1-0 win at Burnley in their last Premier League match.
The points from those scrappy wins are no less valuable, though, and since that battling display at Turf Moor the Reds have also won away to Italian champions Inter Milan. A 2-0 win at San Siro on Wednesday – secured through late goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah with Liverpool’s only two shots on target throughout the game – have put Liverpool in control of their last-16 tie, keeping them well in the hunt for all four trophies this season.
The Reds cannot afford to let their minds begin to drift towards the first of those – an EFL Cup final with Chelsea at the end of the month – just yet, and despite being firm favourites for Saturday’s match, Klopp will not allow them to underestimate an improving Norwich side. For much of the season Norwich have been regarded by many as sure-fire relegation fodder, but seven points from the last 12 on offer have catapulted them off the bottom of the table and up to 18th.
Four points still separate them from safety, and they have played more games than all of the teams around them in the table, but recent victories over Everton and Watford – doubling their tally of wins for the season – have at least offered a serious glimmer of hope. The 3-0 Watford win was particularly remarkable for a number of reasons, not least as it accounted for half of their measly six-goal tally away from home this season, although they are still the division’s lowest scorers this season with just 14 from their 24 games – not ideal when coming up against a side on a run of three clean sheets in a row.
It also gives Norwich the chance to win back-to-back Premier League away games for the first time in more than a decade, although achieving that at Anfield would take a seismic shock considering the Reds are unbeaten in their last 15 home league games, winning the last six in a row by an aggregate score of 17-1. Norwich themselves have only won one of their last 12 league visits to Anfield, with that coming all the way back in 1994, while they have also won just one of their last 25 away top-flight games against teams in the top three of the table.
However, across all competitions Norwich have now won three of their last four away games, so there are signs of improvement on the road for the Canaries, and they will be hoping to take full advantage of any European hangover for Liverpool on Merseyside this weekend. The Reds may be hopeful of a favour from a Spurs side that has already beaten Man City this season, but first they must hold up their end of the bargain to close the gap on the leaders to six points – if only temporarily.
Liverpool’s game in hand, as well as the fact that they still have to face Man City, offer them hope in the title race, but they will know that they can ill-afford any slip-ups against the likes of Norwich, whom Man City hammered 4-0 at Carrow Road just last weekend. The form book does not show many signs of such a slip-up, though; Liverpool are unbeaten in their 10 matches across all competitions since the turn of the year, winning eight of those including all of the last seven in a row.
Liverpool host relegation-threatened Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have collected 13 of an available 15 points in the Premier League since the turn of the year. Norwich, themselves, were on a spiriting unbeaten run of four games before they had their momentum checked by a thumping at the hands of Manchester City last weekend. Here’s all you need to know about the Canaries’ meeting with the side closest to chasing down the reigning champions.
Tim Krul managed to avoid surgery but is still a week or two away from his scheduled return from a shoulder injury Dean Smith wants to be cautious with. Defender Jacob Sorensen is another player the Norwich medical staff are wary of rushing back as he recovers from an issue with his knee. Adam Idah was suffering with a complaint in the same area when he missed last week’s visit of City. Lukas Rupp hasn’t been risked since feeling a tweak in his hamstring prior to a February meeting with Crystal Palace. Andrew Omobamidele is also a significant doubt after being sent to a consultant for a persistent lower back problem.
During his pre-match press conference, Klopp provided an update on Jota, revealing that the Portuguese international will not feature against Norwich. But the Liverpool boss added that he is waiting for further information before determining the extent of Jota’s injury. “No, he will not be available but the extent is still not clear,” explained Klopp. “We need further assessment. It’s something with some ligaments in and around the ankle, but not the ligament, some others. And so, pretty much everything is possible in the moment: that it will go really quick and the other way around unfortunately as well. So we have to wait.”
“Everybody saw the picture with him in the boot, it’s a normal procedure; even when you just feel something they put you in that boot. For the weekend, for sure not.” Klopp also provided further team news during his presser, adding: “All the rest, we don’t know yet. We have actually to wait. The information you get the day after the game are the injuries. The information you get two days after the game are the little niggles, where the players still feel it and you cannot use them. So, we are not even at that point. At this moment in time I have no idea who we can line up. Yes, we should have good options, but we don’t know.”
Alisson Becker should take his customary spot between the sticks, with Liverpool lining up in a 4-3-3 formation in front of him. Joel Matip should return to the starting lineup in place of Ibrahima Konate, pairing up with Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the Liverpool defence. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson pick themselves as the two full-backs. Up ahead in midfield, Naby Keita is in line for a starting berth. Jordan Henderson should also return to the lineup, with the Liverpool captain and Keita starting alongside Fabinho in midfield.