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Tuesday 19:45 – Norwich v Liverpool
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Norwich’s fortunes have not improved since Liverpool strolled to a 3-0 win at Carrow Road on the opening day of the season, leaving Daniel Farke’s side in dire straits after just five games.
The Canaries became just the fourth team in Premier League history to remain pointless after five games following their 3-1 home defeat to Watford at the weekend, in what already appeared to be a relegation six-pointer. They have now lost 15 Premier League games in-a-row and look near certainties to be relegated for the fourth time in their last four Premier League campaigns.
Norwich found some solace from their dreadful league form in the League Cup last time out thanks to a morale-boosting 6-0 win over Championship highflyers Bournemouth, but it has made no improvement on their league performances.
They are also unlikely to record a similar morale-boosting result against a Liverpool team that has looked back to its best in recent weeks. The Reds swatted aside Crystal Palace to go top of the Premier League after five games, conceding just one goal in the process.
Jurgen Klopp is likely to wring the changes for Tuesday’s clash, but his side looked similarly irresistible when he rotated some of his key players against AC Milan last week. Liverpool would have cruised to a comfortable victory last Wednesday only for wasteful finishing and five minutes of madness at the back. They are likely to inflict a similar defeat on Norwich as they did on the opening day of the season, even if they do field a weakened side.
Diogo Jota began his season in flying form, scoring against both Norwich and Burnley as Liverpool opened their campaign with back-to-back wins. However, he has now failed to score in his last four appearances and his recent form will be of some concern.
The Portuguese forward had a chance to end his mini goal-drought in the win over Crystal Palace on Saturday but spurned a glorious opportunity from less than two yards out with the goal gaping. He could be handed a leading role on Tuesday with one of Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah likely to be rested, if not both.
Jota has already scored against Norwich at Carrow Road this season and scored twice against the same opponents while playing with Wolves during the 2019/20 season. Farke’s men have conceded 14 goals in their opening five league games and should offer Jota several opportunities to bring his somewhat concerning run of goalless performances to an end.
Norwich may have netted six goals in the previous round of the League Cup, but they have given little if any indication that they are capable of scoring against high-level Premier League sides.
The Canaries have scored just two goals in their opening five league games this term, scoring past a Watford side that hasn’t kept a Premier League clean sheet in 15 games and a struggling Leicester side that has lost three of its opening five games.
Elsewhere, they managed just one shot on goal in a 5-0 defeat to Manchester City and enjoyed only rare glimpses of Alisson’s goal in that opening-day defeat to Liverpool.
They also managed just one shot on target against an Arsenal side that had conceded nine times in its opening three league games and will struggle to break down Liverpool on Tuesday night, regardless of whether Virgil Van Dijk plays or not.
Konstantinos Tsimikas has proved a capable stand-in for Andy Robertson at left-back and is likely to earn a second consecutive start against Norwich on Tuesday night. The Greek full-back deputised for Robertson during the first two games of the season and rarely put a foot wrong, even providing an assist for Jota in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Burnley.
Liverpool should create plenty of chances against a Norwich outfit that has faced 86 shots in their opening five league games and Tsimikas should play an important role in that attack given the emphasis that Klopp places on the attacking ability of his full-backs.
He has averaged an impressive 2.3 key passes per game in his short Premier League career and will be one of Liverpool’s more creative outlets at Carrow Road. It is not inconceivable that he will register his second assist of the season on Tuesday night.
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