Norwich v Liverpool: Live matchday blog
Liverpool moved 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table as Sadio Mane's late goal gave them a hard-fought 1-0 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Sadio Mane reaction
The match-winner is refusing to look too far ahead after the Reds claimed yet another set of three points in the Premier League.
He told Sky Sports post-match: "We are doing very well. We still have more games, [it’s] one step.
“We will do everything possible as a team and carry on in the same way. We’ll see what’s going to happen at the end of the season."
And here's how the top of the table looks...
Here's how Opta saw events at Carrow Road...
Norwich City 0-1 Liverpool
It's job done for Liverpool as they edge a hard-fought encounter with Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Sadio Mane's second-half goal was the difference, with the No.10 coming off the bench to blast in the deciding moment on 77 minutes.
It moves the Reds 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
Three minutes of added time to be played...
Pukki gets a shooting opportunity, but it's straight at Alisson.
Firmino hooks a lovely cross from Alexander-Arnold over the bar from yards out.
And the Reds replace Keita with Milner for the final knockings.
Rupp and Tettey make way for Drmic and Buendia for the hosts.
Keita goes into the book for a late challenge on Cantwell.
GOAL!!! SADIO MANE!!!!
The breakthrough arrives as Mane does well to reach Henderson's diagonal ball forward between two defenders, control it and and absolutely rasp an effort beyond Krul at his near post.
Norwich go close again on the counter as Tettey strikes the outside of the post from an awkward angle.
Salah drills a low ball beyond everyone in the six-yard box.
Lewis deflects Robertson's cross over his own crossbar by not much indeed.
Pinball in the Norwich area, but the Reds can't force a chance.
A double change for Liverpool sees Fabinho and Mane come on for Wijnaldum and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Tim Krul produces an outstanding double save to prevent Liverpool going ahead.
First he keeps out Salah's shot across goal before thwarting Keita's follow-up at point-blank range.
The Reds' best opening so far.
Van Dijk meets an Alexander-Arnold corner with his head, but he can't generate any power behind the effort.
Salah touches it off for Keita on the edge of the box, whose shot is tipped over by Krul.
Robertson fizzes a ball across the face of goal, but it's too far in front of Firmino.
Cantwell shoots into the side netting from a tight angle. Alisson never troubled.
Back under way...
Norwich get us back up and running at Carrow Road.
Come on you Reds!
Here's Opta's take on the first half...
Norwich City 0-0 Liverpool
We reach the interval without a goal between the sides at Carrow Road.
Liverpool have dominated the ball in difficult conditions, but it was Norwich who created the best chance so far when Alisson was required to save at the feet of Rupp.
Two minutes of added time to be played at the end of the first half...
Hanley goes into the book for a succession of fouls on Firmino as the Brazilian tried to wriggle into space.
Alexander-Arnold drives one wide of the near post from the left having remained on that side of the pitch following a corner.
Salah cuts in on his left and has a shot deflected over.
It's been all Liverpool so far... but it is Norwich who create the game's first big opening.
A long ball puts Rupp clean through. He tries to square for Pukki, but Alisson makes a brilliant save, pushing the ball to safety with his right glove.
Alexander-Arnold pulls the trigger from outside the box, but it's blocked by a defender.
Norwich forced into a change. Sam Byram limps off, he's replaced by Jamal Lewis.
Wind is beginning to really pick up at Carrow Road now, with the rain swirling around.
Outrageous skill from Firmino controls a long Henderson pass, but Zimmermann makes a crucial last-gasp block for the hosts.
Oxlade-Chamberlain takes aim from distance but there's not enough behind it to trouble Krul.
Firmino has a shot charged down by Tettey after being slipped in by Oxlade-Chamberlain.
14 seconds gone and Alexander-Arnold skims one wide of Krul's far post to register the game's first shot.
Here we go...
We're under way at Carrow Road as Naby Keita starts the game.
Come on you Reds!
And here they come to the sound of Kanye West's All of the Lights.
The teams are in the tunnel...
Klopp explains team selection...
Jürgen Klopp has explained the thinking behind his decision to make one change to the team he last deployed in the Premier League for tonight's game at Norwich.
Naby Keita has been drafted into the starting line-up, taking the place of Fabinho.
The manager said: “Fabinho was injured. Now we had this week where we had no game so he is still not in rhythm – Saturday, Tuesday, all that stuff. And the other things worked really well. Naby looked really good in training; Fabinho as well actually.
"Today is the most comfortable situation I had since the beginning of the season because pretty much all first-team players apart from Shaqiri are fit, so that’s comfortable and that means we have to make the choice. That’s what I did.”
Liverpool have been boosted by the return of James Milner and Sadio Mane from injury, both of whom are named on the bench.
On the No.10's involvement specifically, Klopp added: “I want to use him, just not 90 minutes. That’s all. He trained normally. We want to use him.”
Behind closed doors...
Here's how our opponents line up this evening...
Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Byram, Tettey, McLean, Rupp, Duda, Cantwell, Pukki.
Naby Keita is back in the starting line-up, while Sadio Mane and James Milner are named on the substitutes’ bench as Liverpool make just one alteration to their last Premier League line-up for tonight’s Carrow Road clash.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Lovren, Milner, Mane, Lallana, Origi.
Alexander-Arnold handles the pre-match media duties for the Reds at Carrow Road today.
Team news is coming up shortly here on Liverpoolfc.com - 4.30pm GMT to be precise.
It's fair to say Jürgen Klopp has had a couple of things to mull over given he has pretty much a near fully fit squad to select from, aside from Xherdan Shaqiri, Nathaniel Clyne and Paul Glatzel.
With Sadio Mane and James Milner back in contention and a trip to Atletico Madrid for the resumption of the Champions League next week, there will be plenty to consider before the yellow sheet is handed in to the match officials.
You can find out what's decided by Klopp and co right here very soon.
'Records are there to be ended'
Norwich boss Daniel Farke has been looking ahead to today's game in his column in the offical matchday programme.
He writes: “They are of course one of the best teams in the world with a world-class coach and it is no coincidence that they are so far ahead in the title race. They have dropped only two points this season, but although we lost at Anfield on the opening day of the season we caused them many problems and we are confident we can cause them problems again this evening.
“We have huge respect for them, but our win earlier in the season against Manchester City shows that we are capable of upsetting the odds and winning matches that everyone says we have no right to win. Records are there to be ended and we will be looking to pull off another little miracle today against the Champions League winners.”
'We have to believe it can happen'
Norwich are aiming to prove their standing in the league table counts for little when the Reds arrive at Carrow Road this evening.
Ondrej Duda joined the Canaries on loan in January and is now looking to land a big victory in front of his own fans.
The attacking midfielder tells the matchday programme: "I played against them with Hertha Berlin in a friendly game, but this will be something different. The atmosphere will be crazy.
"They want to make records, but we want to destroy the record! Of course we have a chance to beat them – there's always a chance of beating any team in your league.
"We have to work hard, and we have to believe it can happen."
Speaking of commentary, as ever you'll be able to listen to today's game for free here on Liverpoolfc.com, with Steve Hunter joined by John Aldridge to call the action.
Click here to tune in.
Klopp's Norwich analysis
"We scored four, they scored one, that's one of the problems they had, but they had much more chances in that game and that's what we have to think about," said the boss at his pre-match press conference as he reflected on the first meeting between the teams this term.
"It was a really good warning and a good start in the season for us, it was early, we were not that consistent at that time, we finished the game maybe too early, it was 4-0 at half-time.
"That's a tricky situation, can lead you on the wrong path, not 100 per cent fit yet, players not as long together as necessary and so we had to fight a little bit more in the second half but that's completely OK.
"Now the teams are in a different situation and we will feel the quality of Norwich, but we have to make sure that they feel our quality as well."
Inside the goalkeeping department
In Behind the Badge this week, we spoke in-depth with first-team assistant goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson to get the lowdown on Alisson Becker, Adrian and everything goalkeeping at LFC.
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Assistants: Simon Long, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: David Coote
VAR: Paul Tierney
Assistant VAR: Simon Bennett
- In the 17 Premier League meetings between the sides, there have been 68 goals scored - an average of exactly four per game
- This match is Liverpool's 250th under Jürgen Klopp. They have won 154 of the previous 249.
- Naby Keita's next appearance will be his 50th for the Reds in all competitions
- Virgil van Dijk has missed just 36 minutes of Liverpool's last 76 league matches
LFC supports Heads Up Weekend
Today's match, like those across the country this weekend, is dedicated to the Heads Up campaign with the ambition to kick off the biggest ever conversation around mental health.
The initiative is designed to use the power of football to highlight the importance of talking as a way to support one another, with activity planned at men's and women's fixtures throughout the English game.
In a video to mark Heads Up Weekend below, former Red Jason McAteer opens up on the subject of mental health and the impact of raising greater awareness in football and beyond.
Norwich boss Daniel Farke outlined his belief that his side, who sit bottom of the table but have taken points from the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham at home this season, can trouble the Reds today.
"We are respectful, and we know Liverpool are on fire," he said. "They're the best team in the world and we need an outstanding performance and spirit, to be so good in many topics to have a chance.
"We have the ingredients you need to cause problems for the best teams in the world because we're capable of creating chances and dominating, even against such teams. There's nothing to lose, just something to win, so we are hopeful and full of confidence."
No repeat for Robbo
Andy Robertson wasn't yet a Liverpool player when the Reds won 5-4 on that last visit to Carrow Road, but he remembers the game - and wants a smoother outing in East Anglia this time around.
"I remember Adz scoring the winner and running over to the manager, taking his shirt off," the left-back told us. "And the [manager's] glasses were broken!
"I would prefer a less eventful game than that, but of course if that's what needs to happen, that's what needs to happen! That was a fantastic game and it also shows what Norwich can do.
"Scoring four goals against one of the big teams doesn't happen often; they managed it then and maybe their principles haven't changed. The stadium and the fans certainly haven't.
"So, we know how tough it's going to be. It's up to us to bring our 'A' game and hopefully get the result we need."
Last time out...
... in the Premier League, the Reds found a way through a tricky test against Southampton with four second-half goals at Anfield a fortnight ago. Enjoy the highlights again below.
'Norwich needs all our concentration'
Klopp collected his record-breaking fifth Premier League Manager of the Month award at Melwood on Friday, but was far more concerned about today's fixture than making history on a personal and collective level.
He told Premier League Productions: "We know at the end of the season a team will be crowned, it was always like this, and this year we have a good chance it will be us. That's nice, really nice.
"But until then we really don't have to think about it. I work together with the boys every day and nobody is dreaming here in the moment.
"For us, it's important that we show all the time how much it means to us to play for this club, to play for these colours and being the right team to represent the values of this club. That's a big part of us, that we really want to make sure that everybody can see that.
"Who knows what's out there for us, we have no idea. Now it's Norwich and, believe me, that needs all our concentration, all our focus and they will get it. They got it in the last few days, it's the only thing I'm concerned about."
Our last visit to Carrow Road
Surely you don't need reminding of this classic from the 2015-16 season. Enjoy it again below...
View from Norwich
Want to know more about our opponents this evening? Click here to read our chat with Paddy Davitt, Norwich City editor for the Eastern Daily Press, for the lowdown on Daniel Farke's side.
Take a look at the squad's preparations for this clash with a selection of images and Inside Training from Thursday's session below...
Luis Suarez became the first ever Liverpool player to score a hat-trick in the same away league fixture in successive seasons when the Reds beat Norwich 5-2 at Carrow Road in September 2012.
But can you recall the rest of Brendan Rodgers' starting XI that day? Click the graphic to reveal the answers.
The 2019-20 Premier League season got under way when Norwich visited Anfield on a Friday night in August. Look back on that fixture in the highlights package below...
The teamsheets will drop at 4.30pm GMT but we do already know a few things regarding line-ups.
Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns and are boosted by having Sadio Mane and James Milner in contention to feature after they recovered from their muscle injuries.
However, Xherdan Shaqiri will be forced to miss the encounter at Carrow Road with his calf issue.
Timm Klose is the only injury absentee for Norwich, who can also call on Ben Godfrey again after the centre-back served a three-match suspension.
TV channels and live coverage details
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports in the UK.
Two minutes of highlights will be available on LFCTV GO from 9.30pm, with extended action published at midnight.
You can listen to the game live with our free audio commentary service.
For fans outside of the UK, global TV listings for the match can be found here.
Did you know?
Since joining Liverpool in 2017-18, Mohamed Salah has scored 24 winning goals in the Premier League – at least six more than any other player.
The boss' preview
Jürgen Klopp fielded questions from journalists at Melwood yesterday to preview this encounter. Watch everything he had to say in the video below...
Here's how we shape up in the standings ahead of our 26th top-flight fixture of the season...
We are back!
That felt like an age, didn't it? The Reds are back in action following the winter break and it involves a trip to Carrow Road in the Premier League.
Stay with us right here throughout the day for the best of the build-up, action and reaction as it happens.