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Saturday afternoon’s game at Anfield sees eighth place Liverpool host a Norwich City side without a win in five league games.
The Reds go in to the fixture on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Manchester United, though they have four wins from their last five league games in front of their own fans.
Jose Enrique remains side-line with a hamstring injury, so Glen Johnson is expected to continue at left back, while Daniel Sturridge could start after scoring two in as many games since signing for club.
Sturridge is widely available at 4.5 (7/2) to open the scoring, while Luis Suarez, who has scored three in each of his last two appearances against the Canaries, is favourite at 4.0 (3/1) while you can back him at 21.0 (20/1) with Bet Victor to get another treble.
Paddy Power offer the best price of 1.36 (4/11) for the home win, with Norwich 11.0 (10/1) with Bet Victor, and the draw available at (19/4) with Bet Victor.
The visitors 0-0 draw with Newcastle United put an end to four straight league defeats, and kept them in twelfth position.
Midfielders Jonny Howson and Andrew Surman are available for selection, as is striker Grant Holt who has fully recovered from a hamstring injury.
Holt is 12.0 (11/1) with Bet 365 to get the first goal of the game, while defender Russell Martin, who has three goals in his last three league appearances is a 51.0 (50/1) shot with the same firm.
The Liverpool legend Tommy Smith has said that he feels that the club still have a lot to rely upon the star midfielder Steven Gerrard. The 32-year-old England international has been the heartbeat of the Liverpool team over the past decade, but he is coming to the end of his career. A succession of injuries have also taken the strength out of his play. This has led to Liverpool being dependent on the young and rising stars like Luis Suarez and Sterling. The former Liverpool player Tommy Smith, though, believes that Gerrard is still one of the important players within the team and his role with the team should not be discounted.
The player recently signed a long-term contract that will keep him at the club until the end of his career, thus becoming one of the few players in the world to have played for the entire career for single club. Smith has said that there has been a lot of talk surrounding the fact that Gerrard’s performances have dipped this season, which have consequently led to the team struggling on the pitch. Liverpool are currently 12th in the Premier League with only an outside chance of finishing in the top four, which will provide them with the chance to compete once again in the Champions League.
“I keep hearing people say that Steven Gerrard’s performance levels have dipped but as far as I’m concerned he’s still a tremendous player for Liverpool. I actually felt sorry for Gerrard at times against West Ham as he was having to do too much because Joe Allen was giving the ball away far too often. Gerrard is the only Liverpool player to have played every minute of every game in the league so far and that highlights how important he is to Brendan Rodgers,” said Smith.
The Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has sensationally claimed that he would still like to play for the former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager José Mourinho. The Portuguese manager has always had a long-standing interest in the Liverpool midfielder. It is no secret that the Liverpool midfielder came extremely close to leaving the club back in 2005 after the club agreed a £ 32 million deal with Chelsea only for the player to back out at the last moment. Steven Gerrard has now said that José Mourinho has persuaded with his interest on a number of occasions since then.
Steven Gerrard has said that Mourinho tried to sign him when he took over at Real Madrid in 2010. However, his answer to the calls of the Portuguese man has always been a major no because he is not the kind of player who will go to war with the club after reported interest from the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona. Only recently, the Real Madrid midfielder Alonso suggested that Steven Gerrard is such a world-class player that he will be able to get into any team in the world. The 32-year-old recently signed a long-term deal with Liverpool that will see him take an ambassadorial role at the club.
“Liverpool weren’t really challenging at the time, so there was something to think about. But I ended up saying ‘no’ and a year later I said ‘no’ again. But he came back when he arrived at Real Madrid two years ago. I look at some players who get interest from clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona and they cause absolute wars to get out and get there. But that has never been me and, again, it just wasn’t going to happen,” said the Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard about the interest from Mourinho.