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Liverpool vs. Norwich City: Odds, Live Stream, TV Schedule and Preview

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool during the FA Community Shield fixture between Liverpool and Manchester City  at Wembley Stadium on August 4, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Liverpool's bid to go one better in the Premier League begins when the Reds get their 2019/20 campaign under way against newly promoted Norwich City at Anfield on Friday.

Just a point separated Liverpool from champions Manchester City last season, but Jurgen Klopp's squad has remained largely intact. It means a defence led by centre-back Virgil van Dijk and goalkeeper Alisson Becker is still strong, while Mohamed Salah ensures the forward line won't lack for goals.

Klopp has some potential selection headaches, notably concerning the readiness of Salah's fellow winger Sadio Mane. He only returned to training on Monday following a break after helping Senegal reach the final of this summer's Africa Cup of Nations.

Liverpool FC @LFC

Sadio's back in the building 😁 https://t.co/eA9wscCTe6

Whether Mane plays or not, the Reds have the firepower to get off to a winning start. Klopp's bigger worry might be how his back line resists a Norwich attack that netted 93 goals en route to winning the Championship last season.

               

Date: Friday, August 9

Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports PL, NBCSN

Live Stream: Sky Go. NBC Sports App. fuboTV.

              

Odds

  • Liverpool: 1-7
  • Norwich City: 15-1
  • Draw: 36-5

Odds per Caesars.

              

Liverpool are understandably heavy favourites to win, but the Canaries have a few players who could change the outcome. Striker Teemu Pukki was prolific last season, scoring 29 times in English football's second tier.

Pukki was ably supported by an attacking midfield featuring creative winger Emi Buendia. His battle with Liverpool full-backs Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will go a long way to determining Norwich's fate on Merseyside.

Norwich City FC @NorwichCityFC

A first goal of pre-season for @kennymclean66! ☄️ #ncfc BTW, that ball from @Em10Buendia... 😍 https://t.co/ZjLfnuIKsv

If the Canaries are kept quiet in the final third, Liverpool should have few problems wearing down the visitors. A midfield led by intelligent powerhouse Georginio Wijnaldum will keep Salah and versatile centre-forward Roberto Firmino supplied with chances.

Mane's fitness remains in doubt, but Klopp is confident the 27-year-old will be in good shape, per Chris Shaw of the club's official website: "How we all know, Sadio had 16 days off—he will be in a good shape. He doesn't drink. He doesn't eat too much. He had a training programme, maybe after 10 days probably he started with a little bit of running, so I think he will be fine. But we have to see."

Liverpool FC @LFC

🎶 Sadioooooo Mane... 🎶 ⏪ Every single Sadio strike from a goal-filled 2018/19 season 😍⚽️ https://t.co/myiMZFJFEJ

If Mane doesn't start, expect to see Divok Origi take his place and provide enough pace and aerial power to help see the Reds over the line.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Norwich City