During the 2018/19 campaign, Liverpool only lost one Premier League match and their points tally of 97 would have been enough to win the division during most seasons.

The Reds were particularly strong at Anfield last term and it was only Manchester City and Leicester who were able to leave the Merseyside club with a point, with the other seventeen teams beaten between August and May.

Defensively, Jurgen Klopp was able to get things right thanks to the recruitment of Alisson Becker, along with the fact that Virgil van Dijk was able to marshal a defence which also saw full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson also shine.

This is a real baptism of fire for a Norwich City team who recently haven’t spent much money during the summer and it seems implausible that the team who engineered a promotion from last season’s Championship can thrive without strengthening significantly.

Manager Daniel Farke will know that fixtures such as this one will not determine whether the Canaries remain in the division, with Liverpool likely to dominate possession and it might be that Sadio Mane can be kept in reserve for one more week.

The Reds warmed up for the big kick-off with a Community Shield clash against Manchester City and the game ended with a 1-1 scoreline before Liverpool were beaten on spot-kicks.

Klopp appears to favour Joe Gomez as the central defensive partner to Van Dijk, with Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum set to be the midfield three, while Mohamed Salah looks like having the opportunity to boost his goals tally early on.

While Liverpool are trading at particularly short odds to win this encounter, we quite like the 8/11 that the title contenders can get over the line without conceding a goal on Friday night.

Liverpool ceded just ten goals at Anfield all season, with this making them the meanest home defence in the division and it could be that Alisson doesn’t have a huge amount to do during the ninety minutes.

If you’re looking for an alternative bet at a bigger price, the Correct Score market could be worth a visit and it might be worth considering a 3-0 or 4-0 home victory to Liverpool.

Klopp will want a professional job carried out by his team although he’ll be wary of the fact that Liverpool have a Super Cup engagement against Chelsea a few days later and it could be that stars like Salah and Roberto Firmino are therefore used sparingly.

Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri are willing deputies and it will be nice to see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back for the Reds after spending nearly all of last season on the sidelines.


Liverpool win to nil @ 8/11 with bet365


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