Sky Sports pundit states his prediction for Liverpool FC v Norwich

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Liverpool FC will win 5-0 against Norwich City on Friday night

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp (Photo: New Balance)

Charlie Nicholas is backing Liverpool FC to beat Norwich City 5-0 in their Premier League opener at Anfield on Friday night.

The Reds will be eager to make a positive start to the Premier League season as Jurgen Klopp’s side kick off the new campaign with a home clash against the Championship winners.

Liverpool FC have the opportunity to lay down an early marker in the Premier League title race ahead of Manchester City’s clash against West Ham on Saturday afternoon.

Jurgen Klopp’s side lost to the reigning Premier League champions on penalties in the Community Shield last weekend after Joel Matip cancelled out Raheem Sterling’s opener in normal time.

Liverpool FC finished a point adrift of Manchester City in the title race last term despite ending up on 97 points.

Former Arsenal star Nicholas believes Liverpool FC will ease to a 5-0 victory over Norwich at Anfield in the Premier League on Friday night.

“I don’t think Liverpool have been overly ambitious in the market – they did not need to be,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.

“We know they are pretty impressive at the back, though I don’t think they will be as good this year.

“Norwich will be thinking ‘Welcome to the Premier League’. Where will they pitch their defensive base? It is going to be 18 yards from their own goal and they will be thinking of counter-attacking and nothing else?

“Eventually when Liverpool score, what will the final scoreline be? I think Sadio Mane will still be missing but Liverpool will want to make some sort of statement here and put it to Manchester City. The adrenaline and enthusiasm will be there from Norwich, but so will the pressure and mistakes.”

Liverpool FC won the Champions League last season thanks to a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Madrid showpiece.

Goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi sealed Liverpool FC’s sixth Champions League crown – more than any other English club.

Klopp’s side had the best defensive record in the Premier League last term after conceding a mere 22 times in 38 outings.

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