Although Jurgen Klopp may have praised Liverpool’s second-half display at Wembley last weekend, the Reds saw Manchester City lift the Community Shield and gain an early psychological advantage ahead of a title chase that could once again go down to the wire.
Eventually finishing one-point adrift of the Sky Blues and still dreaming of a first Premier League crown, they did manage to secure the ultimate consolation prize.
Securing a 2-0 win over Spurs back in June, Liverpool claimed their fifth European title and fans on Merseyside will be desperate for them to show some improvements after a sluggish summer.
Along with watching City lift the Community Shield, Klopp has seen his side fail to record a single clean sheet in any of their last eight appearances.
Considering Norwich’s growing attacking reputation across England, it is worth noting that Bet365 are offering both teams to find the net at 5/4.
New signings at a premium
Only returning to training on Monday following his exploits at the AFCON this summer, Klopp could be tempted to hand an immediate return to winger Sadio Mane.
The Reds have only added three fringe players to their squad in this transfer window, one of them being former West Ham shot-stopper, Adrian.
Seen to be Liverpool’s attacking ace last season and finishing the campaign with a share of the Golden Boot, Mane registered 22 top-flight strikes, including a brace against West Ham in last year’s Premier League opener.
While Aston Villa have already broken the £100million barrier following their Premier League return, Norwich have decided to take a very different approach.
In fact, the Canneries have spent just £1.1million during the summer transfer window, the lowest amount splashed out by any club.
Instead, the Carrow Road hierarchy have opted to tie down many of last year’s Championship title-winning squad to new contracts, one of those being Teemu Pukki.
Labelling Friday’s contest as “the best game to start with”, the Finland international recorded 29 Championship goals last season and will lead line on Merseyside.
Two sides destined for very different campaigns?
Although Daniel Farke may have kept faith with his squad this summer, the Yellows are already priced at 10/11 to make an immediate return to the second-tier with Bet365, only behind last year’s title runners-ups Sheffield United who are at a very worrying 4/6.
On the flip side, after enduring a pre-season that saw them suffer defeats against Dortmund, Sevilla, and Napoli, Liverpool sit someway behind Guardiola’s side as the bookies favourite to lift the title this year.
Placed at 13/5 by Bet365, the defending champions currently find themselves as low as 4/9 with William Hill.
Although Liverpool will rightfully open the Premier League campaign as an overwhelming favourite at Anfield, you shouldn’t look completely past a Norwich side who pride themselves on their attacking identity.
Betting Tip: Liverpool win and both teams to score – 15/8 @ Bet365