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Liverpool kick off the 2019-20 Premier League season with a Friday night curtain-raiser against newly-promoted Norwich City at Anfield.
The Canaries secured their return to the top flight – after a three-year absence – as free-scoring winners of the Championship last term.
Daniel Farke’s side netted 93 goals as they claimed the title with an impressive 94-point tally and will head into the campaign opener at Anfield in positive mood.
European champions Liverpool, however, have been prolific in recent meetings with the East Anglian club – scoring five goals in four of the last six clashes – and are undefeated in the fixture since 1994.
So, what can we expect from Friday’s encounter with the Canaries? We caught up with Paddy Davitt (@paddyjdavitt), Norwich City editor, Eastern Daily Press, to get the lowdown…
How have Norwich’s pre-season preparations gone?
Farke places a huge emphasis on the fitness side of pre-season as opposed to what he can get out of the actual friendlies themselves. Most of the tactical and technical work happens on the training pitches. For the majority of the club’s friendlies, City’s squad trained on the morning of the games.
Wins over Bundesliga club Schalke 04, Championship club Luton Town and Ligue One Toulouse in their final friendly last weekend were the best performances. A 4-1 home defeat to Champions League qualifiers Atalanta the biggest loss, although they were 1-0 up until a second-half collapse.
Farke again stressed after the Atalanta game that the volume of substitutes and the desire to get minutes into some of his fringe players, he was not troubled by some of the issues around cheap turnovers that led to the Italians’ goals.
Has the summer transfer business significantly strengthened the squad?
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