Liverpool vs Norwich City Preview: Anfield is still haunted for the visitors

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Liverpool will host Norwich at Anfield in the first week of the 2019/2020 Premier League. Despite being a promotional team, Norwich City are champions of last season’s Championship that cannot be taken lightly.

The Canaries last season were the sharpest team in the Championship, scoring 93 goals in 46 weeks. They only swallowed six defeats and collected a total of 94 points, five ahead of Sheffield United in second.

Liverpool last season almost won the Premier League after collecting 97 points, losing only one point to Manchester City.

Liverpool will start the 2019/2020 Premier League against Norwich City. Facing this match, the Reds supported a good record when playing at home. Liverpool vs Norwich will be the opening Premier League 2019/2020. The match will be held at Anfield on Saturday (10/08/2019).

Facing Norwich, Liverpool is equipped with a variety of impressive statistical records. They are superior to Norwich in the last 12 matches.

Anfield is also haunted for the opposing team. Liverpool are unbeaten when playing Premier League matches at Anfield since April 2017.

Liverpool vs Norwich Opta stats:

This will be the first time that Liverpool and Norwich have met since a nine-goal thriller at Carrow Road in January 2016, which the Reds prevailed 5-4. Sébastien Bassong had scored an equaliser to make it 4-4 in the 92nd minute, before Adam Lallana netted the winner on 94:18.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 12 matches with Norwich City (all in the Premier League), winning 10 and drawing two while scoring three times the number of goals as the Canaries in these matches (39-13).

Norwich City have only lost more Premier League games against Manchester United (12) than they have against Liverpool (11), but they have conceded more goals in the Premier League against the Reds than any other side (45).

On the only previous occasion that Liverpool started a league season at home against Norwich City, the Reds won the top-flight league title ahead of Manchester City in 2nd (1976-77). Liverpool beat Norwich 1-0 at Anfield on MD1 that season.

Liverpool haven’t lost on MD1 of a Premier League season since a 0-3 away defeat to West Bromwich Albi On the only previous occasion that Liverpool started a league season at home on in 2012-13. Since then they have won five and drawn one of their six openers.

Norwich City have won just one season-opening league match in the last 16 seasons (W1D8 L7) – this was in 2016-17 in the Championship against Blackburn Rovers (4-1).

Liverpool are currently enjoying a 40-game unbeaten home run in the Premier League (W30 D10) since losing against Crystal Palace in April 2017. Indeed, against promoted sides they’re unbeaten in 25 games at Anfield (W20 D5), with Jurgen Klopp winning all 10 such games.

Sadio Mané has scored in Liverpool’s opening Premier League game in each of the last three seasons. The only player to score on the opening weekend in four consecutive campaigns in the competition is Teddy Sheringham (1992-93 to 1995-96).

Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino scored twice and assisted another in his only previous Premier League start against Norwich. The forward is just two goals away from becoming the first Brazilian to score 50 Premier League goals.

Norwich’s Daniel Farke will be the 12th different manager whose first ever Premier League game has been against Liverpool. Four of the previous 11 have won (Brian Clough, John Gregory, Paul Sturrock and Craig Shakespeare), though the four managers to do so in a game at Anfield have all lost (David Pleat, Chris Hutchings, Tony Adams and Ronald Koeman).

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