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Match Preview: Liverpool vs Norwich

Date & time: Friday August 9th, 8pm

Where: Anfield

What channel: Sky Sports Football & SS Premier League

Referee: Michael Oliver

That came about quick, didn't it? The last 6 months have felt liked they've dragged but now that the new league season is here, it feels as if it's gone by in a flash.

The Reds welcome newly promoted Norwich to Anfield tonight, looking to get their new season off to a perfect start.

Norwich will know that they face an uphill battle, with their first game in the Premier League being against the European Champions but they won't come in an lie down tonight.

So it'll be back to the grind for the home team, from the off, as Norwich won't come and shut up shop, they'll will look to exploit any signs of weakness in our defence, after some chinks in the armour during pre-season.

Injuries & Suspension

Jurgen Klopp just has right back Clyne as the only long-term absentee and, let's be honest, he more than likely wouldn't be at the club if he'd remained fully fit.

Elsewhere, the boss has welcomed back Sadio Mane this week and also confirmed that he will be available for selection tonight.

One decision that may have already been made for Klopp last Sunday though, was the choice between Joel Matip and Joe Gomez to partner Virgil Van Dijk.

Gomez had a bit of a struggle at centre back, and the team looked ropy at times, until Matip came on, so we expect the lanky Cameroon defender to return to the starting line-up.

For Norwich, Farke is missing the hugely influential trio of Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmermann and Alex Tettey, leaving the Canaries' manager with few option in defence.

Pre-season Form

Liverpool: W-W-L-L-D-L-W

Man City: W-L-W-L-W

Predicted line-up

We honestly can't call this and, as usual, it's the midfield three that give us most of an issue as it often did last year.

With the newly fit Naby Keita, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Klopp suddenly has three more options to add to James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho.

Again, as mentioned above, defence will give Klopp a slight headache too, with Joe Gomez or Joel Matip vying for that place alongside Van Dijk but we reckon it's Matip's to lose now.

The attack will more or less pick itself, and will no doubt be the same three that started against City last weekend - Divock Origi, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah.

Sadio Mane will be held back but will take his place on the bench, alongside Xherdan Shaqiri, whilst Rhian Brewster will probably be involved as well.

Predicted line-up: Alisson, Robertson, Trent, Van Dijk, Matip, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Origi, Firmino and Salah.

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