Liverpool Vs Norwich City Live Reddit Score 02/03/2022
Having already collected one piece of domestic silverware this season, Liverpool will endeavour to advance to the FA Cup quarter-finals when Norwich City pay a visit to Anfield on Wednesday evening. The Reds won a record-breaking ninth EFL Cup crown on Sunday by defeating Chelsea in a tense penalty shootout, while the Canaries most recently went down 2-0 to Southampton. Jurgen Klopp certainly won the tactical goalkeeping battle with compatriot Thomas Tuchel at Wembley, as the Reds boss’ faith in Caoimhin Kelleher was rewarded while Tuchel’s late Kepa Arrizabalaga decision backfired horribly.
After 120 minutes of wasted opportunities and disallowed goals galore in the EFL Cup final, Liverpool and Chelsea struck 21 perfect penalties before Kepa – brought on specifically for the 12-yard battle – blazed over the bar to spark Liverpool delirium. Now the most successful team in the history of the EFL Cup with nine titles to their name, Liverpool quickly turn their attention to another prestigious knockout tournament – one which Klopp has flattered to deceive in during his Anfield tenure so far. A pair of comfortable Anfield victories over Shrewsbury Town and Cardiff City saw the Reds advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup for just the second time in seven seasons, and not since reaching the 2014-15 semi-finals have the Merseysiders managed to progress further.
A first FA Cup triumph since 2006 is on the menu as Klopp aims to keep Liverpool’s hopes of an unprecedented quadruple alive, and Norwich must now face a Reds side enjoying a 10-game winning streak in all competitions and without defeat at Anfield for nearly a year. Norwich were Liverpool’s earliest victims en route to their EFL Cup crown, and their fortunes have not enjoyed a dramatic uplift since the arrival of Dean Smith, whose side were outclassed and outgunned against Southampton on Friday night. Che Adams bundled home the opener for the resurgent Saints before the half-time whistle blew, and an Oriol Romeu thunderbolt in the 88th minute condemned the Canaries to a third straight defeat amid their scrap for Premier League survival.
Holding the unfortunate honour of being the Premier League’s basement side, Smith is sure to prioritise top-flight survival rather than an unlikely shot at glory in the FA Cup, especially with Norwich only making it past the fifth round once since 1992. A pair of 1-0 wins over Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers – the latter of which was particularly eye-catching – have allowed Norwich to make it this far, but with nine goals conceded in their last three games, the Canaries will not be expecting miracles against a rejigged Liverpool side.
Liverpool and Norwich locked horns at Anfield as recently as February 19 – with the Reds easing to a 3-1 success in the Premier League for their sixth straight win in this fixture, and the Canaries are still waiting for their first victory over the Merseyside giants since 1994. Liverpool attacker Diogo Jota shook off his ankle injury in time to appear as a substitute in the EFL Cup final, but Roberto Firmino remains in the treatment room with his muscular problem. Thiago Alcantara was reduced to tears after a knock forced him to pull out of the EFL Cup final during the warm-ups, and Klopp is sure to shuffle the pack considerably after 120 minutes at Wembley.
Kelleher’s place in goal is not at risk, and the likes of Kostas Tsimikas, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Harvey Elliott and potentially even Divock Origi could be drafted into the side here. As for Norwich, Grant Hanley was cautioned in the third and fourth round wins, so the Canaries captain must serve a one-match suspension at Anfield as Christoph Zimmermann prepares to deputise. Ozan Kabak, Adam Idah and Andrew Omobamidele continue their spells out of action for the visitors, but Jakob Sorensen is thought to have a strong chance of coming back from his knee injury this week.
Despite the 2-0 defeat, Smith ought to stick with the majority of the side from the trip to St Mary’s, although Pierre Lees-Melou could freshen things up in the middle, and full-backs Brandon Williams and Max Aarons will need their knocks assessing. Fresh off their League Cup triumph, Liverpool will shift their focus to the FA Cup as they renew hostilities with Norwich City at Anfield on Wednesday night. At the end of a long but thoroughly exciting goalless stalemate, Liverpool triumphed over Chelsea on penalties in the final of the League Cup. All 11 of Jurgen Klopp’s men who finished the game were on target in the shootout as the Reds captured a record 9th League Cup title.
The 2021-22 season has gotten increasingly better for Liverpool since the turn of the year. They have catapulted themselves back into the title race from a place where it had almost become an unrealistic possibility. They are also still in the FA Cup, where they face a team they have used as a bit of a punching bag in recent times. Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 17 matches across all competitions against the Canaries. They’ve won their last six games against Norwich City with a combined scoreline of 19-6.
Norwich City, who sit at the bottom of the Premier League table, have lost all of their last three matches. Surviving the drop this season seems unlikely for Dean Smith’s men and the FA Cup is the last thing they have to fight for. Their last win across all competitions came in the fourth round of the FA Cup against Wolves in the first week of February. Kenny McLean scored the only goal of the game in first half stoppage time as Norwich City overcame the odds to beat Bruno Lage’s men at the Molineux.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Kelleher; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Elliott, Milner, Jones; Jota, Origi, Minamino
Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Gunn; Aarons, Zimmermann, Gibson, Giannoulis; McLean, Normann, Lees-Melou; Sargent, Pukki, Rashica
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