Fixture: Norwich City v Liverpool Football Club
Home Team: Norwich City
Away Team: Liverpool Football Club
Stadium: Carrow Road Stadium
Match Date: 14th August
Kick-Off: 1730 BST
Norwich City News
Norwich City will be looking to prove a point after returning to the premier league.
There is no better occasion than proving a point against one of the best teams in Europe.
Given that their manager, Daniel Farke, just signed a new contract that will keep him at the club till 2025, a win in their opening league fixture against the Mighty Reds will be the best possible way to commemorate it.
Midfielder Todd Cantwell is a player that many are surprised has not moved on into a top eight club.
There was speculation of him moving to Aston Villa.
The window shuts at the end of the month, which means him moving is still a possibility.
However, that being said he has said the first game of the season might come too early for him to take place after an ankle injury has kept him on the sidelines.
The manager said, “He rolled his ankle; he has a strain in his ankle ligament. But we scanned it this morning, and it is not too bad. We have to wait how it develops.”
Billy Gilmour who has joined on loan from Chelsea brings creativity and youth to their midfield.
He along with Teemu Pukki and Milot Rashica are capable of creating a nuisance against a Liverpool defence who might be playing a debutant away from home.
This game might be too soon for Josh Sargent who has joined Norwich City from Werder Bremen.
He is re-united with Rashica with both having played for Werder Bremen.
Norwich face a tough campaign ahead. Their pre-season preparations were thrown off track because of a Covid-19 outbreak in the camp, and a few injuries.
Things can only get better for them.
Liverpool FC News
Somewhere in Madrid, Luis Suarez is licking his lips and hoping that he was still at Liverpool give his personal scoring record against Norwich.
Anyway, that being said, this is an important game for Liverpool.
They will be hoping to begin with a win mostly because title rivals Manchester City face top four rivals Tottenham Hotspurs in a tricky opening fixture.
Is a two or three point lead after match day one on the cards?
After a year of pandemic pandemonium, there is some respite for Liverpool fans.
Liverpool fans are the most intimidating for any opposition to play football.
Many-a-times opposition teams play their heart out against Liverpool, but end up playing for 4-nothing.
We can expect to see Ibrahima Konaté make his debut alongside Joel Matip.
Virgil van Dijk will most probably still miss out as he gets to full fitness. However, other than van Dijk and Joe Gomez missing out, the rest of the squad is fit, which is a good sign after an injury struck season last time around.
However, Andy Robertson seemed to roll his ankle during the pre-season game against Athletic Bilbao.
He might be on the sidelines for a couple of weeks. The extent of the injury is still unknown. He however did not seem very worried, which is good news.
Kostas Tsimikas who has had a scintillating pre-season will be expected to deputise for Robertson. Tsimikas has proven that he is a worthy deputy and has finally settled under Klopp.
Harvey Elliott deserves a mention. He has been lively each time he has gotten an opportunity to play for Liverpool during the pre-season. We can expect him to get a few minutes under his belt as well.
This game might come too soon for captain Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara who joined the team after an extended time off given their involvement in the Euro 2020 for their respective national sides.
This is a game that Liverpool should be able to see through without too much hesitation.
Liverpool have looked fluid in pre-season.
The Reds have a point to prove after a rough couple of months last season. Klopp will certainly have his men raring to go right from the onset.
I do believe that Mohamed Salah who has had a rather quiet pre-season will turn up on the night.