Norwich v Liverpool: Klopp's relentless runaway leaders to continue winning run
Champions-elect Liverpool travel to bottom side Norwich this weekend and Simon Mail expects Jurgen Klopp's side to claim another victory...
Norwich v Liverpool Saturday, 17:30 Live on Sky Sports Premier League
Record-breaking Liverpool keep on winning
Liverpool's remarkable season shows no sign of slowing down and it is only a matter of time before Jurgen Klopp's unbeaten side end their long wait to win the Premier League title. Their extraordinary form has seen the team drop just two points in the competition this season, a draw at Manchester United, with 24 wins from 25 matches giving them an astonishing 22-point lead over champions Manchester City.
There has been no stopping Liverpool with their remarkable record, stretching back to the end of last season, seeing them win 33 of their last 34 league games. Liverpool's youth team secured a 1-0 FA Cup replay win over Shrewsbury in their last match - a result which leaves a potential treble with the Champions League still a realistic possibility.
Canaries face major struggle to stay up
Norwich look likely to be facing an immediate return to the Championship with Daniel Farke's side seven points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League. The Canaries have been competitive throughout the campaign but a lack of ruthlessness has cost them. Having failed to spend heavily following promotion, Norwich should be in good shape next season if they do suffer relegation.
Four wins from 25 league matches tells its own story and Norwich only have 13 games left to produce an unlikely escape. Striker Teemu Pukki has chipped in with 11 goals in the competition but not enough other players have assisted their scoring with only 24 in the league. Norwich drew 0-0 at Newcastle in their most recent match but the team need wins desperately if they are to remain in the top flight.
Hard to quibble at short odds on visitors
Liverpool are 1.29favourites for this match and no-one can make a credible argument against this price on the back of their form this season. With 12 wins from 13 away matches, Liverpool have delivered time and again. In addition to this, Liverpool have won their last six league trips to Norwich and are strongly fancied to extend this record.
Norwich are 12.50to end the visitors' unbeaten run in the league but even the most optimistic home fan will struggle to provide a compelling argument for backing them. City have gone 13 matches without a win against Liverpool in the top flight and their current form offers no sign of halting this run. Klopp's side have won as many points in 2020 as Norwich have across the whole season and a home win just does not look plausible.
The draw is available at 6.40and again offers little appeal. Liverpool may not have produced scintillating football every week but their relentless ability to churn out victories suggests they will get the job done. Norwich have drawn six times this season but only one of Liverpool's games have finished level and they should prove too strong again. While their match odds are fair, it is worth looking to alternative markets to find an attractive price on the champions-elect.
Liverpool likely to shut out opponents
Liverpool's defensive record is the best in the division with only 15 goals conceded and the league leaders are backed to prevent Norwich from scoring. Goalkeeper Alisson boasts a tremendous record, conceding on average one goal every 244 minutes in the league this season. With the keeper extremely reliable and the brilliance of Virgil van Dijk it is difficult for opposing teams to break down their defence.
Klopp's team are proving harder to score against as the season progresses and their recent record is exceptional. Liverpool have kept three successive clean sheets in all competitions and ten of their last 11 victories have seen them prevent the opposition scoring. Norwich are hardly prolific and chances will prove hard to come by suggesting Liverpool to win to nil stands out at 13/10.
Liverpool have opened the scoring in each of their last 13 Premier League meetings with Norwich - in the history of the competition, only Chelsea against Portsmouth (14) have scored the first goal in more consecutive games against an opponent. Liverpool are 17/2 to score first and fail to win this weekend.