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Life back in the big time is proving to be as difficult as feared for many Norwich supporters, who have now witnessed their side open the season with five consecutive defeats after they were comprehensively beaten by Watford on Saturday afternoon.
Teemu Pukki may have drawn Norwich level after Emmanuel Dennis‘s opener, but Watford’s wing king Ismaila Sarr netted a second-half brace in front of the Carrow Road faithful to leave the Canaries firmly rooted to the bottom of the rankings after five games.
With no points, two goals scored and 14 shipped at the other end, talk of another swift demotion will soon set in for Norwich without a miraculous turnaround, but they did at least manage to catch the eye in a 6-0 thrashing of Bournemouth in the second round of the EFL Cup.
Triumphs in this competition in the 1961-62 and 1984-85 seasons represent the only major pieces of silverware that Norwich have collected in their 119-year history, and by progressing to the third round, they have already bettered their performances from the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
The Canaries can also take solace in the fact that they have strung together an eight-game winning run at Carrow Road in the EFL Cup – last losing 4-1 to Aston Villa in the quarter-finals of the 2012-13 edition and scoring at least three goals each game in their hot streak – but such hopes of that record continuing here will seem slim to the most ardent of Norwich supporters.
Keeping the momentum going from their dramatic Champions League success over AC Milan, Klopp’s side head into Tuesday’s game boasting six wins from their last seven in all competitions, as well as five consecutive wins away from home – scoring at least two goals each time.
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While challenging for the Premier League and Champions League will remain Klopp’s priorities, the Reds are long overdue a run in the EFL Cup, as they have only got as far as the quarter-finals in the last four seasons and last lifted the trophy all the way back in 2012.
It has been 27 years since Norwich last beat Liverpool in any competition – claiming a 1-0 win at Anfield in the 1993-94 Premier League season – with the Reds winning 13 and drawing two of their subsequent 15 meetings with the Canaries ahead of a clash in which they will be expected to cruise through without hitting second gear.