Norwich v Liverpool preview
Agger expected to be fit; Kane facing six-week absence
Last Updated: 28/09/12 11:26am
Brendan Rodgers: The Liverpool boss has yet to record a win in the Premier League this season
Liverpool will hope a strong record against Norwich City in the Premier League will bring their first top-flight win of the season on Saturday.
- Only Norwich (3.6%) have a worse chance conversion rate than Liverpool (6%)
- Liverpool have failed to win any of their opening five league games for the first time since the 1911/12 season
- Norwich have caught opposition players offside 17 times this season, more than any other club
Brendan Rodgers has yet to record a domestic three points since moving to Anfield, including last weekend's defeat by Manchester United, and will be desperate to address the struggles.
West Bromwich Albion were beaten at the beginning of Liverpool's League Cup defence in midweek but the Premier League is the priority.
And Rodgers will be pleased to know he has inherited a club record of having won five and lost none of the last six Premier League matches against Norwich.
Liverpool are also unbeaten in their last four visits to Carrow Road, winning the last three in a row, including Luis Suarez's hat-trick in this fixture last season.
Norwich have endured similar struggles in the Premier League and, like Rodgers, Chris Hughton has yet to record a win.
They sit just one place and point above relegation zone occupants Liverpool but Doncaster were defeated in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday and there could be some momentum.
Norwich have been counting the cost of their victory over Doncaster with the news Harry Kane could be sidelined for six weeks.
The 19-year-old striker, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur, damaged his ankle in the 1-0 win against the League One club.
Kane is also understood to have broken a metatarsal, although the full extent of the injury has not yet been confirmed.
Centre-back Daniel Agger has a good chance of being fit for Liverpool despite being carried off on a stretcher last weekend.
The Denmark international sustained bone bruising in the defeat by United but could retain his place in the starting line-up, although forward Fabio Borini (ankle) is rated at 50-50.
Midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is suspended while Martin Kelly's knee operation means there is a decision to make in defence with left-back Jose Enrique still injured.
Previous game's starting line-ups
- 1 Ruddy
- 2 Whittaker
- 5 Martin R
- 6 Turner
- 23 Martin Olsson
- 27 Tettey
- 4 Johnson B
- 22 Redmond
- 14 Hoolahan
- 7 Grabban
- 10 Jerome
Team taken from Norwich City vs Fulham (Sky Bet Championship) on Saturday 18th October 2014
- 22 Mignolet
- 2 Johnson G
- 37 Skrtel
- 6 Lovren
- 3 Jose Enrique
- 14 Henderson
- 23 Can
- 31 Sterling
- 8 Gerrard
- 20 Lallana
- 45 Balotelli
Team taken from Liverpool vs Queens Park Rangers (Barclays Premier League) on Sunday 19th October 2014
Barclays Premier League
|4||West Ham United||8||13|
|15||West Bromwich Albion||7||8|
|20||Queens Park Rangers||8||4|