Norwich @ Home, 19 Jan 2013, KO @ 1500 GMT

MUSCAT REDS
  1. Muscat Reds has passed more than 1,000 likes on Facebook, with Ellie Hennessey being the 1,000 member. (Just so we are clear, Ellie was the 1,000 member, not Sean who isn’t even on facebook, so any celebratory cake for the 1,000 member can only be picked up in person, by the actual winner hahaha!) Thanks to Adam Al Jabry my tech support guru!
  2. Gary Friend is now the GM at Muscat Grand Hyatt, and Gary is a wonderful guy, but I am very happy to have Christoph in exchange!
  3. I have been in touch with LFC almost daily this month over the visit of the Under 18 team to Doha and the announcement of the new official supporters clubs which will be happening during Feb. I am very confident that Oman will be getting some good news this year.
  4. The Under 18 team will arrive in Doha on the night of the 26th Jan and leave 6th Feb. There should be several events to meet the team, but I am arranging a private event for LFC fans on the 29th Jan in the Radisson. It will be OPEN to all LFC fans, members or not and those in Oman are welcome to attend if you can.
QATAR REDS
  1. Qatar Reds has passed more than 300 likes on Facebook, Bahrain Reds 500, and Muscat Reds 1,000. A big thank you to Adam Al Jabry who is my tech support guru!
  2. Christoph is now the new GM at the Hyatt. He is one of the biggest LFC fans I know, and was instrumental in building the Anfield lounge in Muscat Hyatt.
  3. The Under 18 team will arrive in Doha on the night of the 26th Jan and leave 6th Feb. If you can, please come to the airport in a LFC shirt at midnight 26th Jan and join me in welcoming them to Doha.
  4. There should be several events to meet the team, but I am arranging a private event for LFC fans on the 29th Jan in the Radisson. It will be OPEN to all LFC fans, members or not, so please pass the news and encourage LFC fans to attend.

BAHRAIN REDS

  1. Bahrain Reds has passed more than 500 likes on Facebook! Congratulations and thanks to my internet guru Adam Al Jabry who runs all 3 sites, Bahrain/Oman/Qatar Reds (Oman just passed 1,000)
  2. I have been in touch with LFC almost daily this month over the visit of the Under 18 team to Doha and the announcement of the new official supporters clubs which will be happening during Feb.
  3. The Under 18 team will arrive in Doha on the night of the 26th Jan and leave 6th Feb. There should be several events to meet the team, but I am arranging a private event for LFC fans on the 29th Jan in the Radisson. It will be OPEN to all LFC fans, members or not and those in Bahrain are welcome to attend.
SUMMARY
Liverpool take on Norwich in their next Barclays Premier League encounter at Anfield. Luis Suarez struck a hat-trick as the Reds thrashed the Canaries 5-2 earlier in the season. Last season, this fixture saw Norwich claim a 1-1 away draw.
MATCH PREVIEW
One tough away fixture down, two to go. But before we travel to Arsenal and Manchester City in the coming weeks, we have a home fixture against 12th place Norwich City. Three points are a must after we lost at Old Trafford last Sunday, but with the return of Fabio Borini from injury and Daniel Sturridge already taking some of the goal scoring burden off Luis Suarez, the Reds appear to be spoilt for choice in attack; a luxury we have been sorely lacking all season!
Since the two sides met earlier in the season Liverpool have picked up 26 points from a possible 45 while Norwich have accrued 22 points from 45 so very little difference in the form. However, Chris Hughton’s club haven’t won in the last five Premier League outings so they are going through a very bad patch.
REFEREE
Michael Oliver (only one previous LFC game so no history)
TEAM
———————-Reina———————-
—Johnson—Skrtel—Agger—Downing—
———————Lucas———————–
————-Gerrard—–Shelvey————
—–Sterling—–Sturridge—–Suarez——
BR should feel confident enough to put out a very attacking line up against a team that we should beat. With Arsenal and Man City coming up, we need 3 points. I would like to see the line up above, however, it might not happen for several reasons. As it is an “easier” game, BR may decide that this would be the best time to give Shelvey/Henderson/Allen/Suso/Robinson/Borini another shot at easing into the team or building confidence, or both. Robinson doesn’t seem to have the managers confidence and so is unlikely to play at left back in place of Enrique, which means either Downing or Johnson. A more attacking line up would be Johnson (R) and Downing (L), but we have seen BR also uses Wisdom (R) and Johnson (L). That has been against stronger sides, when there was a need for one wing back to stay in defence. It also leaves the attack lop sided, so I hope we see Johnson and Downing starting.
With Lucas screening the back, this is a game where we can confidently play the 1-2 midfield, with Gerrard playing further forward as a playmaker with Henderson or Shelvey as the energetic partner. BR obviously has a personal interest in making sure that Allen is a success, and so Allen could play the defensive role instead of Lucas. I would like to see Shelvey get back in the team after the abuse he received the last time he played. He is more attack minded than Henderson, and better at forcing turnover of possession in the opposition half. This game could be the time to get him back in the saddle. However, Henderson is an equally likely choice, and has been a transformed player since last season when we almost traded him for Dempsey AND cash.
Finally, I believe Sturridge will get his first start, and will be the spearhead of the attack, being fed by Sterling and Suarez. However, this could be the time to give Sterling another break and insert Suso. Or we could end up with an attack of Borini, Sturridge and Suarez as we did against Man Utd for the last 30 minutes. Finally a line up that looks dangerous!
STATISTICS
Liverpool’s Premier League record against Norwich City at Anfield:
P: 5 W: 3 D: 1 L: 1 F: 12 A: 3 GD: +9 Pts: 10
Liverpool’s overall league record against Norwich City:
Total – P: 49 W: 26 D: 12 L: 11 F: 93 A: 50 GD: +43
TRIVIA
Luis Suarez could make history in this game as no Liverpool player has ever scored three league hat-tricks against the same club.
Liverpool have scored in each of their last 11 games – their best run since September 2009, when they found the net in 23 games in a row
Daniel Sturridge last weekend became the first Liverpool player since Nigel Clough in August 1993 to score in his each of his opening two games for the club. Should he find the net again he will be the first player since Ray Kennedy in 1974 to score in his first three Liverpool appearances and only the seventh man ever to achieve the feat for the club.
Bruce Grobbelaar with 25 appearances has featured the most against the Canaries, while Ian Rush is our top scorer with nine goals from 21 appearances. David Fairclough enjoyed a prolific time against Norwich City, scoring seven goals in eight appearances, as did David Johnson who bagged six goals in seven appearances, but Roger Hunt is our most prolific finisher with five goals in just four games.
Liverpool have yet to sign a player directly from Norwich City but we have sold three of our players to the Canaries. Doug Livermore in November 1970, having made just 18 appearances during five years at Anfield. Dave Watson in November 1980 from the reserves for a fee believed to be £50,000. Daniel Ayala in August 2011, having made five first team appearances for the Reds.
ODDS
LFC win 65%
Draw 15%
LFC loss 20%
TRANSFER RUMOURS
Sneijder – Inter
Gomis – Lyon
Valdes – Barca
Diakite – Lazio
Ince – Blackburn
thanks to http://tomkinstimes.com

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