FA Cup Match Preview: Liverpool FC vs Norwich City FC

FA Cup is back during this midweek, and Liverpool FC welcomes Norwich City at Anfield on the fifth round of this competition. Two clubs fighting for a place in the quarter-finals will take to Anfield on Wednesday night when Liverpool will play hosts to Norwich City.

Liverpool entered the FA Cup in the third round, beating Shrewsbury Town 4-1. The Reds then defeated Cardiff City 3-1 in the previous stage to set up the clash with Norwich City. 

Jurgen Klopp’s men are the most in-form team in England right now, having won their last ten games across all competitions, including the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea this past weekend.

On the other hand, Norwich City clinched back-to-back 1-0 wins over Charlton Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers to reach the FA Cup fifth round. But the Canaries have struggled other than that, winning only one of their last six games across all competitions while losing their previous three contests.

Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he will rotate his Liverpool team for the FA Cup clash with Norwich on Wednesday.

Following the Reds’ Carabao Cup final triumph over Chelsea, which lasted 120 minutes and required all eleven players to take a spot-kick, the German boss will probably make several changes in the starting XI at Anfield.

Liverpool and Norwich City have already locked horns thrice in the 2021/22 season, with the Reds winning all three fixtures – twice in the Premier League and once in the Carabao Cup.

Team News:

Liverpool FC: Thiago Alcantara is out after his late withdrawal from the Carabao Cup starting line-up. 

Klopp said on Tuesday: “He’s fine again. But not fit. We don’t know exactly how long [he will be out]. For the weekend, not sure. Maybe Milan? But after that, definitely.”

Diogo Jota will be squad after getting a chance as a substitute in the Carabao Cup Final. Roberto Firmino will be out as he has not recovered from the injury.

Norwich City FC: The Canaries will be without their captain Grant Hanley, who is suspended for this game. Ozan Kabak, Adam Idah and Andrew Omobamidele are out due to injuries. But Jakob Sorensen might return to the squad after recovering. 

Liverpool vs Norwich City predicted line-ups:

Liverpool’s predicted line-up: Caoimhin Kelleher; Conor Bradley, Ibrahima Konate, Joe Gomez, Kostas Tsimikas; Harvey Elliott, James Milner, Curtis Jones; Diogo Jota, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino.

Norwich City’s predicted line-up: Angus Gunn; Max Aarons, Christoph Zimmermann, Ben Gibson, Dimitris Giannoulis; Kenny McLean, Matthias Normann, Pierre Lees-Melou; Josh Sargent, Teemu Pukki, Milot Rashica.

Match Details: 

Date: March 2, 2022.

Time: 8.15pm GMT

Venue: Anfield