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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Video: What’s the pundits says about Norwich v Liverpool?

lfc-norwich-300x200According to Steve Bower of BBC Sport, Norwich will again be without centre-back Zak Whitbread, who is nursing a groin problem.

Fellow defenders Daniel Ayala and Marc Tierney remain side-lined by knee and groin injuries respectively.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard may return after being rested for last weekend's home defeat against West Bromwich Albion.

Fellow midfielder Charlie Adam has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

A glance at the table just about sums up the contrasting emotions of these two clubs in this Premier League season. Who would have thought when the fixtures were produced that Norwich would trail Liverpool by just three points going into this match? Whilst it speaks volumes for the remarkable efforts of all connected at Carrow Road, it only highlights Liverpool's domestic inconsistencies once again.

Whilst 2012 may yet be remembered for two successes in cup competitions, only bottom club Wolves have picked up fewer top-flight points than Liverpool since the turn of the year - it's 12 from a possible 45 for the Reds. In fact, unless they pick up eight points from their last four games they will be left with their lowest ever tally in the Premier League.

This fixture is one of many reminders of a frustrating season. Back in October they hit the woodwork twice and produced a string of fine saves from John Ruddy as Norwich became one of 12 clubs to leave Anfield with at least a point. Remarkably, the Reds have recorded two more wins away from Anfield than at home. Now they have two more matches to play before their Wembley meeting with Chelsea to try to improve things slightly. Last season they finished 10 points off the top four - the current gap is 16 points.

Norwich will relish the visit of Liverpool in their penultimate home game of the campaign, and will try to beat them on home turf for the first time in 19 years since the memorable days under Mike Walker. They've lost only two of their last eight at Carrow Road and those defeats were against both Manchester clubs. Paul Lambert would dearly love another landmark day in an incredible season, and will hope to put one over Dalglish, who he briefly played under at Celtic.

Red's Fury™ Prediction: NORWICH 1-2 LIVERPOOL

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