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Five Essential Questions Ahead of Liverpool’s Trip to Norwich City

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Liverpool return again to the scene of the Lallana 5-4 goal celebration that broke Jürgen Klopp’s glasses back in 2016.

Norwich City v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Your hoping Storm Dennis doesn’t cause Liverpool’s match against Norwich to be postponed. Guess what? We’re all all hoping Storm Dennis doesn’t cause Liverpool’s match against Norwich City to be postponed. In the meantime, you need something to do. Below are five (and I can’t stress this enough) essential questions concerning the match.

  1. Norwich City manager Daniel Farke does not have a wealth of managerial experience at this point in his career. The German was plucked by Norwich from the boss’s office of the Borussia Dortmund reserve team and spent the last two seasons in the Championship, first battling for a mid-table finish before winning the division and earning promotion to the Premier League last May. Farke is now finding out just how competitive England’s top flight really can be. His team is dead last with a record of 4-6-15. Norwich have conceded 47 goals this season and have the worst goal differential in the league at -23. With only 13 games left to play, Farke needs a miracle in order to avoid relegation. His side are 7 points from safety at the moment, with Watford, West Ham, Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Brighton and Hove Albion all fellow candidates for the drop. Do Norwich City have any chance of staying up? Should Farke have gone already or is he the Canary’s best bet to bounce back after spending next season in the Championship?
  2. Jürgen Klopp will have a strong squad from which to cobble together a starting XI for Saturday’s match. Most of his player’s injury layoffs are over. The defense is back to full strength. James Milner and Sadio Mané have each recovered from their injuries and participated in first-team training all this week, preparing for Norwich. Both Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino filled in for Mané when he was out injured and either could do a job in an attacking role at Carrow Road if Sadio is on the bench. Who starts, if Storm Dennis doesn’t ruin the fun first?
  3. I have scored 11 goals this season, as a striker in a team that’s nailed to the bottom of the Premier League table. In the Championship last season, I hit the back of the net 29 times for Norwich. We won the league and promotion. I scored at Anfield on the first day of the current season even though Liverpool were in total control of the match and Adrian looked solid in spite of coming on cold after Alisson’s injury. But before all that I played alongside Daniel Agger at Brondby before he retired. I’m 29-years-old and, while I’m enjoying a great run of form, like Agger, my days at the highest level are numbered. The things is, I’ve probably caught the eye of a few other Premier League managers. And at the end of the season, when Norwich are relegated, I think I might have some offers. Which Premier League clubs might battle for this Finnish charmer come June? Psst. It’s me, Teemu.
  4. I find it hard to believe that anyone would choose to vacation in the state of Florida unless they were going to Disney World or there to wrestle non-indigenous pythons in the Everglades. Still, Adam Lallana spent at least part of his winter break in Miami and took part in neither of these Florida pastimes. He claims to have been training. Warm weather, etc. What other reasons are there to explain why Lallana made this questionable trip to Florida? Is he buying a retirement condo?
  5. Liverpool love to score against Norwich City. Luis Suarez made it look so easy when he played for Liverpool (We’ll never forget you, John Ruddy). But goal scorers get all the praise. A timely assist, hit just so, can mean everything. Trent Alexander-Arnold (10) and Roberto Firmino (7) are currently 2nd and 3rd in league assists, behind Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne (15). Either could contribute to their numbers at Norwich but Klopp has chance-creation masters throughout his team. Who are your top 3 Liverpool contenders for a supporting role on the scoresheet at Carrow Road?