Premier League preview - Norwich City v Liverpool
Team news, the player to watch, battle of the day, referee and betting for the Premier League clash between Norwich City and Liverpool at 5.30pm on Saturday.
• Norwich City team news:
Striker James Vaughan suffered no reaction to his first Premier League start for the club at Blackburn after overcoming knee and latterly hamstring problems. Centre back Zak Whitbread (calf) remains unavailable. Fellow defenders Dani Ayala (knee) and Marc Tierney (groin) are out for the season. Lambert reported no fresh injury worries following the club's 2-0 reverse at Ewood Park. The City chief looks poised to make changes to his startng line-up after what he conceded was a below par display in Lancashire.
Subs (from): Steer, Lappin, Naughton, Barnett, Crofts, Fox, Hoolahan, Pilkington, Morison, Jackson, Wilbraham.
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• Liverpool team news:
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard (hamstring) returned to training during the week after being rested for the home defeat against West Brom. The Reds suffered no fresh injury concerns from the Baggies' game but fellow midfielder Charlie Adam (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of this season.
- 1 More storms ahead as flood warnings remain in place
- 2 Family demands answers after 91-year-old dies weighing four stone
- 3 Body found at Mousehold Heath there for 'considerable amount of time'
- 4 Trains cancelled due to flooding - and more heavy rain expected
- 5 Inquest hears sister of Hannah Witheridge died while pregnant
- 6 Church with 'features to get excited about' for sale for £80,000
- 7 Cannabis stash worth about £2000 found hidden in home
- 8 'They're blaming me' - Social housing tenant angry over state of flat
- 9 Never mind the limo - aspiring farmer rides tractor to prom night
- 10 Man taken to hospital after cardiac arrest at beach
Subs (from): Doni, Coates, Carragher, Spearing, Kelly, Downing, Shelvey, Bellamy.
Kenny Dalglish The Scot has a major task on his hands to try and recreate the glory days of his own playing era with the Reds. Won everything as a player with both Celtic and Liverpool. Took on a player-manager role at Anfield and guided them to the first of three First Division titles in 1986. Also won two League Cups before leaving to win the Premier League at Blackburn. Now in his second spell at Liverpool he has added the League Cup and guided the club to an FA Cup final later this month against Chelsea.
• One to watch:
The 25-year-old Uruguayan has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons since his move from Dutch football. Suarez's football ability is not in question – he was suitably impressive in Norwich's corresponding Anfield league draw earlier this season. Suarez won league titles in his homeland and with Ajax, where he scored 81 goals in 110 appearances. That earned him a �23m move on the same day in January 2011 that Andy Carroll also arrived on Merseyside for �35m. Has now scored 14 goals for the Reds and won a League Cup winners medal in February. On the international stage, helped his country reach the 2010 World Cup semi-finals and lift the 2011 Copa America title.
Mark Halsey (Lancashire)
Made a controversial previous visit to Carrow Road earlier this season when he awarded West Brom a generous penalty and failed to spot a clear elbow on James Vaughan inside the Baggies' area that landed Gabriel Tamas a retrospective three-game ban for violent conduct in Albion's 1-0 Carrow Road win.
Norwich 13/5, Liverpool evens, draw 5/2. First scorer City: Holt 7/1, Morison 8/1, Vaughan 9/1, Jackson, Wilbraham 10/1, Pilkington 12/1.
Liverpool: Suarez 9/2, Carroll, Gerrard 6/1, Kuyt, Rodriguez 9/1.
No goalscorer: 12/1.
• Battle of the day:
James Vaughan v Martin Skrtel
You suspect City's former Evertonian would love nothing better than to open his Norwich goalscoring account at senior level against Liverpool. Vaughan will have benefited from his 60-minute comeback at Blackburn as he strives for an injury-free end to the season. Skrtel now appears to have displaced Jamie Carragher as the key defensive fixture for the Reds. Strong aerially. Excellent man-marker.