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There is growing talk of a quadruple Merseyside bid after Liverpool lifted the EFL Cup on Sunday
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Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Liverpool v Norwich in the FA Cup fifth round on Wednesday.
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ITV, 8:15 p.m. Wednesday
Liverpool win and both teams to score
1pt 13-8 betting fair
Thiago is absent and Roberto Firmino hasn’t trained. Jurgen Klopp is expected to make a number of changes.
Max Aarons and Brandon Williams have not trained since the weekend. Ozan Kabak is out and Grant Hanley suspended, meaning Jacob Sorensen could be drafted in as a defence.
Jurgen Klopp has dismissed talk of a possible quadruple as ‘crazy stuff’, although what would be really crazy is if Liverpool weren’t in the hat for the FA Cup quarter-finals after playing Norwich at Anfield.
Klopp has promised to make plenty of changes after his side’s grueling success in the League Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday, and you’d think that could play into Norwich’s hands.
But Norwich boss Dean Smith has his own problems; Key defender Grant Hanley is suspended, others injured and there’s the small question of a must-win Premier League showdown at home to Brentford coming up on Saturday.
Smith, naturally then, said he would sound the changes too, and the bottom line is that a second-string Liverpool should be better than a second-string Norwich – but not so much better that you’d put money on a home landslide.
The Canaries gave a decent account of themselves at Anfield two weeks ago, holding on until half-time and duly taking a shock lead through Milot Rashica before the Reds went into gear superior and reverse the situation to win 3-1.
The Canaries have since gone to Southampton and were terrible in a 2-0 defeat and they remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League, five points from safety and knowing their focus must be on the clash of the weekend with Brentford.
Norwich had two nil wins in rounds three and four but the fun surely ends here against a Liverpool side, yes, unrecognizable from league games, but with the bit between their teeth after winning the first leg of the quad Sunday.
They’ve come this far hammering Shrewsbury 4-1 and beating Cardiff 3-1 with mixed packs and they can see Norwich, but don’t expect it to be a cakewalk. Backing another Reds win and both teams to score seems reasonable given the price of 90 minutes on the hosts is stifling.
Liverpool’s first-choice defence, despite the abundant space left behind their marauding full-backs, are keeping clean sheets for the fun at the moment. But this is no Premier League Liverpool; it will be a Liverpool FA Cup, and that Liverpool have only kept two clean sheets in their last 12 matches.
Norwich will be looking to stay organized and will have points to prove after their no-show at St Mary’s. And this is an opportunity for Dimitris Giannoulis, Pierre Lees-Melou, Sam Byram and one or two others to shine and they are relishing the opportunity.
Klopp has no interest in discussing the quadruple and it’s easy to see why. Liverpool are a decently priced underdog in the Premier League title race and still have a long way to go in the two knockout competitions in which they still harbor hopes.
But, whether Klopp likes it or not, the debate isn’t going away anytime soon with a Liverpool mix-and-match good enough to continue on the trophy trail.
Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in ten of their last 12 FA Cup matches.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 4:15 PM, MARCH 1, 2022