Liverpool match provides Norwich City with the chance to pull off one of the Premier League's biggest ever shocks
Norwich City’s Premier League curtain raiser at Anfield already feels like a distant memory.
On the back of lifting the Championship trophy, City travelled to the north west with a genuine belief that Daniel Farke’s young squad had the ability to succeed on the biggest stage playing his ‘Farkeball’ brand of football.
And on the evidence of that night, there was plenty of cause for optimism. Despite falling to a 4-1 defeat, City showed enough quality on the ball to suggest they could create chances against even the best teams.
But ultimately it was a night which would foreshadow City’s season to date – with defensive frailties hindering any real progress.
Despite recent improvements, including clean sheets against Bournemouth and Newcastle, Farke’s side has conceded 47 goals – the joint most with Aston Villa.
Of course, there are mitigating circumstances. City have been plagued by injuries at centre-back, but it is without doubt one of the key reasons why City find themselves at the foot of the table with just 13 games to play.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have gone from strength-to-strength, picking up 73 out of a possible 75 points as they relentlessly surge towards a first title of the Premier League era.
It is impossible not to be in awe of Jurgen Klopp’s side, particularly the full-backs – Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson – who have delivered 16 assists and three goals between them.
Such has been their dominance, Liverpool already have one hand on the title – and the prospect of an unbeaten season is becoming more of a reality.
With that in mind, no-one needs reminding of the size of the task facing City on Saturday night – as Farke and his boys look to pull off one of the most unlikely victories in Premier League history. But you know how the saying goes – along come Norwich.
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