Liverpool v Norwich City - Preview

Liverpool v Norwich City - Preview

Born in 1962, I was brought up on a diet of witnessing on the telly Liverpool win plenty of titles and cups via Shankly, Paisley and Fagan and watched many of the famous old stars at Carrow Road including names such as Smith, Keegan, Hanson, Dalglish and Hughes strut their stuff.

In those days they were well organised, could score a goal and shut up shop for the remainder of the game. I always had a soft spot for the super sub, David Fairclough who scored plenty of important goals having come off the bench.

I had a six-month stint working in Liverpool in the late 80s and visited Anfield on a Wednesday night to sit in the old main stand and watch the reserves play Hull City in the Central League amongst a few hundred fans.

Three games stand out for me, February 1980 at Norwich City. Not the score, losing 3-5, the goal of the season with the turn and shot by Justin Fashanu past a hapless Bruce Grobbelaar.

The second is City winning at Anfield 1-0 when Goss scored the last ever league goal in front of the standing Kop in 1994.

The third being the bullet header from Grant Holt, again in front of the Kop to pull off a draw in October 2011.

I have to confess I have little knowledge about the current Liverpool squad or indeed the Premier League, mainly because for me it has become far too predictable and overhyped. The club has removed one massive monkey off its back by winning a European trophy once again, the big prize will be whether the title can be achieved once again. My feeling is that Manchester City will edge it again this season, however, Klopp is building momentum so I wouldn’t put money on it.

Norwich City have been linked with hundreds of players over the summer yet sit bottom of the spending table by a country mile. This was similar to the start of last season. A 14th place finish, still attempting to offload high wage players, replacing the squad with freebies and fresh inexpensive, off the radar talent and what did ALL the ‘professional’ pundits come up with? Another mid-table finish. The rest, as they say, is history and that’s what’s made last season so sweet.

The star player for Norwich City who I believe will stick around in the Premier League even if Norwich don’t is Emi Buendia. His goal scoring and assist stats from last season are excellent. He's tenacious and has plenty of tricks up his sleeve but can be a little hot-headed.

Teemu Pukki was arguably the best signing in all four divisions last season. 30 goals from the free transfer and international Finnish striker was brilliant business. He is a natural finisher, cool under pressure and like the rest of the team, he works his socks off.

Our Championship winning season demonstrated the ability to attack, score plenty of goals and especially late in games. The downside of this is the style was the exposure to defending. The Canaries conceded plenty. How will City cope with the step up in class, I am nervously optimistic about getting points from defensively-minded opposition.

My head says a 4-0 defeat, my heart says 2-2.

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