Will Liverpool ever turn around this disaster season?
Posted on April 26, 2012 by Holly Haines
Sometimes these days I do not want to even check the Liverpool result, and instead just wait for the articles filled with disappointment on the back of the national papers the next day. And this game against Norwich seems like just another of those games that will end with such disappointment. You may be thinking so far this preview is rather pessimistic but as this season continues, for Liverpool fans, it is difficult not to be.
Norwich are a much better club than some of the sides Liverpool have been losing against recently, so the Canaries will be hoping to continue the Reds disaster season and grab the three points for themselves. It would seem, looking at the league table, that 13th place Norwich have little to play for: they are not embroiled in the relegation battle or challenging for a top spot.
But manager Paul Lambert will want his team to finish as high as possible in the league this season. Even when Liverpool were playing much better earlier in the season, Norwich still managed to get a draw at Anfield, thanks to a Grant Holt goal, so will definitely be confident of doing the same or better this weekend.
Yet, Norwich are coming into this game on the back of two disappointing defeats. And having won only 2 of their last 10 league games, they certainly are not brimming with confidence. An embarrassing 1-6 defeat at the hands of Manchester City and a loss to relegation side Blackburn showed the Canaries that big improvements need to be made in their defence. And with Liverpool’s biggest criticism this season being a lack of goals they’ll hope to find advantages in mistakes made by the Norwich defence.
In terms of goal scoring for the Reds, recently there has undoubtedly been an improvement in Carroll. I think as people have finally stopped talking about him not being worth the money Liverpool paid for him, he is finally proving actually he can be a great striker for Liverpool. His advantage comes with the fact Suarez draws defenders to him and away from Carroll, and with his height he can definitely use this space to his advantage.
This should mean goals, and plenty of them. On the other side, if Norwich look to the facts and figures they will see that the Reds have not kept a clean sheet in the past 8 games so there will be chances for them too. Holt will want a repeat of his last game against the Reds, especially with only 15 goals in total this season.
Liverpool players are definitely going to be trying to salvage some pride this weekend at Carrow Road, especially after another setback against West Brom last weekend. Hopefully for the Reds a rested Gerrard will be back. And like in their win against Blackburn before the FA cup semi-final, players will be performing to prove to Dalglish they deserve a place in the team. With the FA cup final against Chelsea a week after this game, the Liverpool players will be trying their best to get a spot in that starting 11. Hopefully for Reds fans, their best will be enough to beat Norwich.
Right my prediction, I’m going to try and be optimistic and predict a Liverpool win @ 1.95 on Oddslife. So far, an equal amount of users (38%) have backed the two sides. Come on the Reds!