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Liverpool – Norwich 19.01.2013


Liverpool – Norwich 19.01.2013

It was less than a month ago that these 2 sides were level on points in mid-table but since then Liverpool have kicked on whilst opponents Norwich have slipped further down after taking just 1 point from their last 5 matches. Norwich have missed the injured Grant Holt but he came off the bench for the remaining 22 minutes in the goalless draw with Newcastle last weekend. Hughton is reluctant to rush Holt back but may be forced to without the injured Steve Morison to fall back on.

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The Canaries have lost their last 2 top flight away matches (at West Ham and West Brom) but as often seems to be the case, they only lost by the odd goal. Liverpool have won 3 of their last 5 matches, not surprisingly losing at Stoke and Old Trafford, and they’ve lost just 1 of the last 5 at Anfield, that shock defeat to Villa. Rodgers has strengthened his attacking line-up by taking Sturridge from Chelsea and the young English striker came on to partner Suarez in the second half at Old Trafford, picking up a consolation goal. That’s in addition to his strike at Mansfield in the FA Cup and the pairing are likely to start together on home soil. Enrique is expected to miss a couple more weeks with a hamstring problem whilst Sahin’s loan deal has been cut short. Expect this to be a tight game but Liverpool now have more options and should edge it with few goals.

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