Monday 9 December 2019

Sorry Liverpool have it all to do against Norwich

Dieumerci Mbokani celebrates with Russell Martin after scoring the first goal for Norwich
Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley
Dieumerci Mbokani celebrates with Russell Martin after scoring the first goal for Norwich Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley

Debut boy Steven Naismith has put Norwich a goal ahead of Liverpool after a first half in which the home side dominated against Liverpool.

Naismith latched on to a clever ball from Ireland star Wes Hoolahan to fire into the far bottom corner to give the home side a 2-1 half-time lead.

Roberto Firmino put Liverpool ahead in the 19th minute but Dieumerci Mbokami levelled matters 10 minutes later with a clever backheel finish

New Norwich City signings Ivo Pinto and Steven Naismith are handed starts by manager Alex Neil for the visit of Liverpool this afternoon.

26-year-old Pinto joined the Canneries from Dynamo Zagreb earlier this week while Naismith, an £8.5m capture from Everton, signed this week.

Former Wolfsburg defender Timm Klose is on the bench for the hosts.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile gives Jordon Ibe a rare chance in the starting line-up while Christian Benteke remains a substitute as the German prefers Roberto Firmino. Adam Lallana is on the bench alongside Jon Flanagan, who made his return from injury in midweek.

Today's line-ups...

Norwich  City: Rudd; Pinto, Martin, Bassong, Brady; Redmond, Dorrans, Howson, Hoolahan; Naismith; Mbokani.

Subs: Ruddy, Jerome, Jarvis, Klose, Mulumbu, Olsson, Odjidja.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Henderson, Can, Milner, Ibe, Firmino.

Subs: Ward, Caulker, Flanagan, Allen, Teixeira, Lallana, Benteke.

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