Liverpool vs. Norwich City: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
Nearly one week after suffering a stinging loss at Old Trafford, manager Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool will aim to bounce back at home against a struggling Norwich City squad.
Chris Hughton's club hasn't won in its last five Premier League outings and is in serious danger of falling further behind the league's top clubs on Saturday. Norwich will have its work cut out for it this week, though, as Liverpool is one of the top scoring teams in England, having posted 35 goals in 22 EPL matches this season.
Here we get you set with everything you need to know for Saturday's showdown at Anfield.
Where: Anfield, England
When: Saturday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. ET
Watch: FOX Soccer
Live Streaming: FOXSoccer2Go
What's At Stake?
For Liverpool, Saturday's match provides an opportunity to get back in the mix of things in the Premier League table. The Reds are nine points back of fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur and are still alive to make a run at the leaders, who are beginning to separate themselves from the pack.
Meanwhile, for visiting Norwich City, points of any kind will certainly help the cause. The club has earned just one point over the last month.
What They're Saying
Rodgers stood up for his squad earlier this week when its toughness and desire to win was brought into question (via SkySports.com):
Aggression isn't about having a 6'3" player in the middle of the field who is going to drive you forward, aggression is in the mind. We have Steven Gerrard, who is one of the best examples of that in this country over the last 10 years. We have that aggression but it is not about what size you are, it is about the fight which is in there.
The Reds have won three of their past five EPL matches, but have come up short twice now in two big clashes with league-leading Manchester United.
On the other side, Norwich manager Chris Hughton is thrilled to have Grant Holt, who had been suffering from a hamstring injury, back in the lineup for his squad (via Norfolk Eastern Daily Press' Paddy Davitt):
I think in the way we’ve played with Wes (Hoolahan) just playing off the front, there’s perhaps been a little bit more demand on him in his general game as opposed to just goalscoring. Probably this season he’s had to sacrifice a little bit of what he’s had here before, for the team, but he doesn’t mind doing that as long as we’re in every game, as long as we have a chance of winning games.
The veteran forward has scored four EPL goals this season and scored late in Norwich's last meeting with Liverpool back in September.
Liverpool Player to Watch: Luis Suarez
The talented Uruguayan striker was shutout in Sunday's loss to Manchester United, but before then, Liverpool's Luis Suarez had netted four goals combined over the course of his previous two EPL appearances.
A very aggressive forward, and one of the best around, Suarez is not shy when it comes to taking chances, and his remarkable shot count proves it. He leads the Reds with 15 goals on 126 shots (43 of which have been on target) in 21 EPL starts this season.
The last time Liverpool faced Norwich City, Suarez recorded a hat trick less than an hour into the match.
Norwich City Player to Watch: Russell Martin
Norwich defender Russell Martin is the only player to have scored for the club in EPL play since the start of 2013. Martin has scored Norwich City's last three Premier League goals dating back to a Dec. 29 loss to Manchester City.
Only Sebastien Bassong has as many goals on fewer shots than Martin for Norwich in EPL play this season. With that in mind, fans should watch for Martin on both sides of the pitch on Saturday, as his scoring punch has proven to be every bit as key as his defense lately.
Liverpool looked to be in complete control the last time these two clubs met back in September, taking a 4-0 lead at Carrow Road just minutes into the second half. Although Suarez is unlikely to net another hat trick on Saturday, Norwich will still be overmatched, up against a better squad behind enemy lines at Anfield.
Liverpool 3, Norwich City 1
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