Upon discovering that they were to be sent to Norwich for their penultimate away game of the season, Liverpool fans would’ve made several sacrifices to the fixture gods thanking them for a trip to their favoured foes’ haunt to ease their pursuit of a top-four finish.
So satisfied were the scheduling deities that they had a word in the ear of the powers that distribute good fortune and, following an inundation of awarded penalties, the Reds travel to Carrow Road chasing down a much bigger prize – a maiden Premier League crown.
A shade of luck is required for any side to win a title, but the Merseysiders are where they are owing mainly to the fantastic attacking football that’s enabled them to steamroller sides at will this season.
The beleaguered Canaries are one of many outfits to have been pancaked by Liverpool’s overwhelming goal-getting prowess, losing 5-1 at Anfield in the corresponding collision back in December.
It took the total of goals the relegation-threatened Norfolk club – 2/5 for the drop – have conceded against Brendan Rodgers’ side to 15 (fifteen!) in their previous three meetings.
Given the way their forwards love tearing into the Norwich defence, it’s difficult to see anything other than a landslide away win for a team that’s vanquished their previous ten adversaries on the spin.
Luis Suarez, in particular, has shown no mercy against the boys in lemon and lime in recent campaigns, regularly regarding the meetings as opportunities to enter the goal of the season fray or augment his impressive collection of match balls.
The Uruguayan enigma is one goal shy of 30 for the season and the bookies daren’t go longer than 3/10 about him hitting the milestone at any stage of this clash, which is hardly surprising after seeing the former Ajax man fire 11 in his last four against Norwich.
Punters shouldn’t be scared of going large on his 9/4 to score at least a brace here.
To compound the hosts’ terror, Suarez’s partner in crime, Daniel Sturridge, is also in line to feature following the revelation that his hamstring injury isn’t as bad as first feared.
The England man doesn’t steal the Canaries’ lunch money with such ferocity as his fellow frontman, but he has scored in ten of the Reds’ last 15 league games, bagging their first of the match in half of these, which makes him worth a flutter at 7/2 to get the party started in this one.