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  • 22 October 2011
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Liverpool - Norwich City Preview: Kenny Dalglish's men looking to preserve strong record at Anfield

Liverpool - Norwich City Preview: Kenny Dalglish's men looking to preserve strong record at Anfield

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Reds have lost only once in their last 14 Premier League games at home, and the last time the visitors beat the Merseyside outfit was the last game played in front of the old Kop


PROBABLE LINEUPS

LIVERPOOL

Reina
Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Enrique
Gerrard, Henderson, Adam, Downing
Kuyt, Suarez

NORWICH CITY

 
Ruddy
Naughton, Martin, Barnett, Tierney
Bennett, Fox, Johnson, Pilkington
Hoolahan
Morison
 
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish will have to make do without midfielder Lucas Leiva, as the Bralilian is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Manchester United.

Glen Johnson could come in at right-back after playing over an hour in the recent friendly against Rangers.

Young defender Jack Robinson remains a doubt due to an ankle problem, and is believed to be unlikely to make it in time to be a part of the squad.

Norwich City boss Paul Lambert could be poised to name an unchanged line-up for the fifth consecutive game, having notched up three victories in the last four matches in the Premier League.

But this is provided Steve Morison recovers in time after reportedly taking a knock in the recent victory over fellow newcomers Swansea City. Daniel Ayala, James Vaughan and Elliott Ward (all knee) remain sidelined, while Zak Whitbread is thought to have returned to full training after overcoming a hamstring injury sustained against Chelsea.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Liverpool have lost only one of their previous 14 Premier League games at Anfield, having won nine and drawn four in the process.
  • The Reds have also won their last four league games against the Canaries, scoring 11 goals. But the last time these two sides met in the top-flight was back in 2005, the year that the Merseysiders famously beat AC Milan and won the Champions League on penalties.
  • The last time that the visitors beat the Reds was back in 1994, when a long range strike from Jeremy Goss saw them register a 1-0 victory. That was also the last game at Anfield prior to the reconstruction of the old Kop.
  • Norwich City have beaten Liverpool only four times in a league game away from home.
  • In total, they have scored 60 goals in all competitions against the Merseyside club, conceding 104 times in the process.
  • Should Paul Lambert's men recreate their triumph of 1994 at Anfield, they will be level on points with Liverpool.


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Available Squads
25Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
37Martin SkrtelDefender
23Jamie CarragherDefender
3José EnriqueDefender
2Glen JohnsonDefender
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
8Steven GerrardMidfielder
19Stewart DowningMidfielder
11Dirk KuytStriker
39Craig BellamyStriker
7Luis SuárezStriker
32DoniGoalkeeper
38Jon FlanaganDefender
5Daniel AggerDefender
11Maxi RodríguezMidfielder
20Jay SpearingMidfielder
14Jordan HendersonMidfielder
9Andy CarrollStriker
1John RuddyGoalkeeper
20Leon BarnettDefender
2Russell MartinDefender
23Marc TierneyDefender
16Kyle NaughtonDefender
4Bradley JohnsonMidfielder
25David FoxMidfielder
12Anthony PilkingtonMidfielder
14Wesley HoolahanMidfielder
17Elliott BennettMidfielder
20Steve MorisonStriker
13Declan RuddGoalkeeper
44Ritchie De LaetDefender
-Andrew CroftsMidfielder
11Andrew SurmanMidfielder
18Aaron WilbrahamStriker
29Grant HoltStriker
10K. JacksonMidfielder
Players to Watch
Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 8
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Steven Gerrard managed to play the entire game against Manchester United after a huge injury lay-off, and even scored a goal to add to his performance against the club's rivals. He will be looking continue in the fashion same against the Premier League newcomers.
John Ruddy
John Ruddy
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Goalkeeper John Ruddy will have to be on his toes for this one, as Liverpool have scored in every league game at home this season. In contrast, Norwich have conceded at least one goal in every away game in the league this campaign.

Prediction
Liverpool should have no trouble taking three points on the day, but their recent difficulty in keeping clean sheets might see the Canaries grabbing at least a consolation strike
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