Betting preview: Norwich vs Liverpool – Red goalscoring mist to descend on Canaries

It’s been almost a decade since Liverpool last won the EFL Cup, but a win over Norwich will take them a step closer to ending that 10-year wait.

The Reds are back to their best after kicking off the season with five wins from their first six competitive games. This midweek, Liverpool set their sights on securing a spot in the Carabao Cup's round of 16.

Norwich, who started the season with five defeats from six, could be in for a long night against Jurgen Klopp's men.

When, where and how to watch

When: Tuesday, September 21, 7:45PM BST

Where: Carrow Road

How to watch: Sky Sports

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Best bets

Liverpool to score over 2.5 goals at 2/1

Liverpool 2-0 at half-time at 13/2

Both teams to score in the second half at 2/1

Sadio Mane to score anytime at 11/8

Out of all the clubs they could have drawn, this was arguably the worst possible outcome for Norwich City.

The Canaries have a dreadful record against Liverpool, losing nine of their last 10 head-to-heads. More concerningly, they have conceded 35 goals across those encounters.

Daniel Farke's men come into this latest clash having lost all five of their Premier League games this season. Their latest defeat came at home against Watford as the Hornets romped to a 3-1 victory.

Norwich City's Teemu Pukki looks dejected after the Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London

Liverpool will be licking their lips ahead of kick-off as they look to dish out further misery on the Canaries.

The Reds are in rampant form having won all three of their games since the international break - scoring nine goals in the process.

Liverpool

Considering the form that both these teams are in, we could be heading for another thrashing at Carrow Road.

With that in mind, our first betting recommendation is to back Liverpool to score over 2.5 goals - a bet which has landed in three of Klopp's last four meetings with Norwich.

Last three meetings

Norwich 0-3 Liverpool (Premier League - August 14, 2021)

The clubs last met during the opening round of the current Premier League season.

Liverpool welcomed the Canaries back to the top tier with a 3-0 spanking at Carrow Road.

Goals from Diogo JotaRoberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah sealed the win.

Norwich 0-1 Liverpool (Premier League - February 15, 2020)

A solitary goal from Sadio Mane was enough to guarantee Liverpool the win when they faced Norwich in early 2020.

Klopp's men dominated proceedings with over 60% possession and 17 goal attempts.

Liverpool 4-1 Norwich (Premier League - August 9, 2019)

Liverpool kicked off their 2019/20 title-winning season with a 4-1 hammering of Norwich.

The Reds scored four first-half goals as they claimed all three points with ease. An own goal from Grant Hanley plus efforts from Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi put Klopp's side in a commanding position.

Teemu Pukki scored the only goal of the game for Norwich to deny Alisson Becker a clean sheet.

Last 10 head-to-heads

Norwich wins: 0

Draws: 1

Liverpool wins: 9

Norwich goals: 11

Liverpool goals: 35

Norwich can't afford more defensive mistakes

Farke is intent on playing in the Premier League with an offensively-minded style. Unfortunately - while they did blow teams away in the Championship - they don't have the necessary tools to replicate that in the top tier.

As things stand, Norwich are following the same path which got them relegated two seasons ago. At least on this occasion, the Canaries still have time to change course.

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke gestures to the fans after the Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London

Their 3-1 defeat to Watford last weekend was blamed by Farke on simple defensive mistakes. Should those errors re-emerge against Liverpool, the effects could be deadly.

The Reds have already scored 15 goals this season and they don't look like taking their foot off the accelerator anytime soon.

Considering the visitors are in a goal-happy mood, our second tip is to back Liverpool to take a 2-0 lead going into the break.

Second-half resurgence?

If the Canaries are to get on the scoresheet, it's most likely going to be after the interval.

Since 2005, Norwich have scored 13 goals against Liverpool in 12 encounters. Interestingly, 11 of those goals came in the second half.

The Canaries haven't exactly blessed us with goals in the Premier League this season, but it's worth mentioning they scored six against Bournemouth in the previous round.

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson Becker is just one Liverpool player who could be forced to quarantine if he travels for international duty.

Liverpool have a stellar defensive line-up but that doesn't mean they're impenetrable. AC Milan, for instance, got two last Wednesday. Chelsea also bagged a goal against the Reds before the international break.

Norwich are certainly no Chelsea or AC Milan. However, with Teemu Pukki and Tom Sargent leading the line, they could have opportunities - especially if Klopp decides to rotate his squad.

Goalscorer bets

With Mo Salah and Diogo Jota leading the anytime goalscorer market, our recommendation is to look elsewhere and back Sadio Mane at around the 11/8 mark.

Having scored five goals in seven games for club and country, it's fair to say that the Senegal international is in good goalscoring form.

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