How Norwich can hurt Liverpool on opening day - RTK View


How Norwich can hurt Liverpool on opening day - RTK View

Liverpool are back in Premier League action tomorrow as they take on Norwich City at Carrow Road on opening day.

Fans are understandably buzzing ahead of the new season. It feels like years since the final day of last campaign.

The first test of 2021/22 are new boys Norwich.

The Canaries have been favourable opponents for Liverpool for some time. The last 10 games between the two have brought eight wins and two draws.

In fact, Liverpool were 4-1 winners against Daniel Farke’s side on the opening day of 2019/20. Of course, we all know what happened that season.

It is no surprise that Jurgen Klopp’s side are big favourites to win tomorrow.

But fans certainly should not be taking three points for granted.

Norwich may have lost Emi Buendia to Aston Villa, but they have still had a fantastic summer.

Per Transfermarkt, they have spent £54m on improving the squad so far this window.

Norwich signings will be a danger to Liverpool

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The biggest addition to the squad is Milot Rashica. The Kosovo star was signed from Werder Bremen for a reported £10m.

This will be a name familiar to Liverpool fans, as he was previously linked to the Reds for £33m.

Rashica will probably line up on the left-wing, but he could also play off the right to try and test Kostas Tsimikas.

The signings of Ben Gibson and Tsimikas’ Greece understudy Dimitrios Giannoulis mean that Norwich have a stronger back four than they did in their last Premier League stay.

Meanwhile, we could see an all-new double-pivot of Billy Gilmour, who Jurgen Klopp called Scotland’s biggest talent for 50 years in the pre-game press conference, and Pierre Lees-Melou.

We know how good a player Gilmour is, while Lees-Melou had some excellent underlying numbers at Nice last season.

Other new boys Christos Tzolis, who we have already spoken of in detail recently, and Josh Sargent are unlikely to start.

In terms of players that have been at the club for a while, Teemu Pukki, Max Aarons and Todd Cantwell pose the most serious threat. It is quite clear that all of them are much too good for the Championship.

While Norwich won’t want to sit deep and defend, Liverpool will probably force them to.

Yet they are much more of a counter-attacking threat now than they were this time two years ago.

Yes, we still expect a Liverpool win.

But Norwich most certainly must not be overlooked.

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