James CookeLiverpool vs Norwich, Friday August 9th, 20:00, Anfield. The Premier League kicks off on Friday night with title hopefuls Liverpool playing host to newly-promoted Norwich. The hosts will be strong favourites to win against last season’s Championship winners.
The Premier League kicks off on Friday night with title hopefuls Liverpool playing host to newly-promoted Norwich. The hosts will be strong favourites to win against last season’s Championship winners.
Liverpool amassed 97 points last season but it was not enough to lift the Premier League title, as they were pipped by Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were crowned champions of Europe with their Champions League win but now have their eyes focused on a first league title in three decades.
The Reds have not altered their first-team squad much this summer, with the major investment coming the previous year.
Daniel Farke’s Norwich dazzled the Championship last season and this year their focus will be on maintaining their status in the top-flight.
The hosts will be favourites to get off to a winning start due to possessing home advantage and superior quality over Norwich.
The home side are favourites to win this game although it may not be totally comfortable – a 3-1 triumph for the Merseyside club would appear a likely outcome from it.
These two sides were in free-scoring form last season – Liverpool netted 89 times in the league while Norwich top scored in the Championship with 93 goals in 46 games, more than two per match. Four goals or more is one of the best online betting odds for this round of games, and 888Sport price it 11/10.
The Egyptian has been devasting in the Premier League since his 2017 switch to Anfield and has notched up 54 league goals across the last two seasons. He will be looking to get off to a flying start this campaign and against a defence who may be given a rude awakening to the top flight, he is priced attractively to score two or more. Royal Panda price two or more for Salah at 71/20.
Head to Head
Liverpool’s last game against Norwich was an incredible 5-4 win back in January 2016 when Adam Lallana netted deep into stoppage time after Sebastian Bassong had levelled for Norwich moments earlier. The last tie at Anfield ended 1-1, in September 2015.
Norwich are back in the top flight of English football for the first time since their 2016 relegation.
This will be Liverpool’s first meaningful match since their Champions League triumph in Madrid at the start of June, having been edged out on penalties by Manchester City in the Community Shield.
Liverpool have scored five goals in four of their last six meetings against the Canaries.
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