Rodgers’ stuttering Reds seeking domestic revival in Canaries clash
Days after being held to a 1-1 Europa League draw in Bordeaux, Brendan Rodgers will lead his domestically stuttering Liverpool side out at Anfield against Norwich City, who they have beaten in nine of their last 10 meetings.
Having dominated this fixture for many seasons, with the Canaries’ previous victory coming over two decades ago in April 1994, the Reds should be confident of securing another win and they are 5/2 with Coral to do so with both teams scoring.
Anfield boss Rodgers has witnessed his Reds go four games in all competitions without tasting victory, including three successive top-flight clashes, and Alex Neil’s side are 5/1 to extend that winless streak by taking three points from Merseyside.
The Reds have impressively struck 21 times in the last five meetings with Norwich, though former star striker Luis Suarez was the main cause of such Canaries misery, netting two hat-tricks and four-goal haul during his time in England.
Christian Benteke was rested for the recent European draw in France and the Belgium international frontman is 4/1 to take up Suarez’s previous goal scoring burden by dispatching a double on home turf.
The towering frontman has already struck twice in his debut campaign for Liverpool, while Brazilian playmaker Roberto Firmino is 7/4 to grab his maiden Liverpool goal since his summer switch.
For the visitors, both Cameron Jerome and Wes Hoolahan have been in great form and could be their key danger men on Merseyside, with the former available at 11/4 to add to his goal over Bournemouth last time out.
Despite a stumbling start to the campaign, after a summer which saw plenty of new arrivals, Rodgers has dismissed claims he is under more pressure now to repair any damage sustained so far.
“It says everything that you lose a couple of games and that pressure comes, but I’ve always embraced and enjoyed that. Nothing has changed in that way. I just need to concentrate on getting the team right,” stated the Northern Irishman. “Pressure is something which is part and parcel of being manager of this club.”
The Anfield boss will hope to gain a momentous victory on home soil against Norwich and continue his side’s dominance in the fixture, while the Canaries are seeking a similar performance to last week’s impressive 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
Betting tip: Cameron Jerome to score anytime @ 11/4