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Liverpool return to Premier League action after a midweek foray into Europe with a home match against Norwich City on Sunday.
The Reds (2-1-2) have slipped to 10th place on seven points from five league games after falling to back-to-back defeats.
They suffered an embarrassing 3-0 loss against West Ham United in front of their own fans at Anfield just before the international break, and were then beaten 3-1 at Manchester United last weekend. Christian Benteke scored a late consolation goal for Liverpool at Old Trafford with a stunning overhead kick.
The Merseysiders drew 1-1 away to Bordeaux on Thursday in their opening Europa League Group B match.
Fit-again Adam Lallana gave Liverpool the lead on 65 minutes with a stylish low drive after nutmegging home defender Pablo, but Brazilian forward Jussie came off the bench to equalise nine minutes from time for the home side.
Manager Brendan Rodgers fielded a largely inexperienced team against Bordeaux, and his starting XI included three teenagers - Jordon Ibe, Joe Gomez and Jordan Rossiter.
Rodgers was pleased with his much-changed team's display at the Stade Bordeaux-Atlantique.
"You're obviously disappointed (not to win), but I was more satisfied and encouraged by the performance," Rodgers said during his post-match press conference. "We had so many young players in the team – and some of these players were playing their first games – so I thought it was very encouraging.
"Coming away in European games is always tough to do, but with the lack of experience we had and a lot of the young players, I was delighted with that. But if you can't win, especially away from home in European games, it's important you get a point – and we certainly at least deserved that."
The Canaries (2-1-2) claimed their second league win of the season after beating Bournemouth 3-1 at home last time out and are in ninth place on seven points - one spot ahead of Liverpool on goal difference.
Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan gave Norwich a two-goal against the Cherries, before new signing Matt Jarvis added a third on 67 minutes.
Winger Jarvis, who moved to Carrow Road after agreeing a season-long loan from West Ham on transfer deadline day, was delighted to score on his debut for the Canaries.
"It's a fantastic start," the 28-year-old Jarvis told the Norwich website. "It was a massive game at home, so it's good to get the three points and a goal as well, especially with it being on my debut.
"You need to win your home games so I think that was a massive plus for us today, especially against a team that was promoted with us last season."
Reds captain Jordan Henderson (heel) and striker Sturridge (hip) could feature against Norwich after recovering from injuries.
Norwich defender Steven Whittaker returns after a ban, while on-loan Andre Wisdom is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Liverpool did the double over Norwich when they last played in the Premier League in 2013-14. The Reds won 5-1 at Anfield, with Luis Suarez scoring four times and Raheem Sterling adding a fifth. They also won 3-2 at Carrow Road with Daniel Sturridge scoring twice and Suarez adding yet another. Gary Hooper and Robert Snodgrass scored goals for the Canaries.
The Reds have won five straight top-flight matches against Norwich.
Liverpool have won 10 of the 14 Premier League meetings between the sides, losing twice and drawing twice. The Reds have outscored Norwich 39-13 in those 14 games.