Sunday 20 September 2015, 4:00pm


Brendan Rodgers is a man under pressure and it is starting to show. The Liverpool boss has faced difficult times in his career but never have his credentials as a top class manager been under so much scrutiny.

This Sunday, Liverpool will play the first of four consecutive home games that could play a big part in deciding the long term future of the Anfield boss.

Not long ago, Liverpool would have chalked off a home game against Norwich as a guaranteed three points. Former striker Luis Suarez terrorised more Canaries than Sylvester the Cat every time he lined up against them for the Reds in the Premier League.

But those days are gone and Liverpool cannot longer approach any game with the confidence and swagger that they once possessed. They now look nervous and anxious, as if the weight of pressure on the manager’s shoulders has been transferred to the team.

In contrast, Norwich are a team on a roll. They currently sit in seventh place in the league, level on points with their opponents but with superior goal difference. Alex Neil’s men have lost just one away game in their last 15 league matches.

Brendan Rodgers will be delighted to have Philippe Coutinho back in the team following his suspension and will surely make further changes after his team’s pitiful showing at Old Trafford last weekend. Mamadou Sakho must have done enough in the midweek game against Bordeaux to merit inclusion ahead of Dejan Lovren while Alberto Moreno could also be in line for recall.

Captain Jordan Henderson could return after a short spell out injured and Daniel Sturridge may also feature at some point after proving his fitness in recent training sessions.

Norwich are unlikely to make any changes from the team that beat Bournemouth although Lewis Grabban could return to the bench. Gary Hooper and Youssouf Mulumbu are both still out injured although the former is expected to return imminently.

Liverpool have not lost to Norwich in the last 10 matches and will start as favourites again. With Coutinho and Henderson back and a couple of further tactical changes, Liverpool should have enough to win this game.

The Reds can be backed to win at 4/6 with Bet365 or at 8/1 to win by two goals to one. Philippe Coutinho also looks good value at 9/4 to score anytime – also with Bet365.

Betfair are offering new customers a price of 4/1 for a Liverpool win or your money back as a free bet if they lose.

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