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Fresh from securing a spot in the 2023-24 EFL Cup final, Liverpool is back on the field at Anfield for their FA Cup fourth-round clash against Norwich City on Sunday.

Liverpool started their FA Cup journey with a 2-0 victory over Arsenal, while Norwich City advanced past Bristol Rovers after a replay. Sunday's match will see Jurgen Klopp and his long-time friend David Wagner face each other, but the friendly atmosphere will quickly dissipate as both teams aim for victory.

Liverpool's win against Arsenal showcased their ability to capitalize on opportunities, as they scored two second-half goals to secure the win. Despite a recent draw with Fulham, Liverpool's form has been strong, and they look to continue their winning streak.

The road to EFL Cup glory sees Liverpool facing Chelsea, potentially setting up a clash in the FA Cup as well. However, Klopp's focus remains on the present task rather than future possibilities.

Liverpool's unbeaten run at Anfield continues to impress, and they have a strong record against lower-division teams in the FA Cup. However, Norwich City arrives with a glimmer of hope, looking to break their streak of 12 consecutive FA Cup losses against top-flight teams.

Norwich City, currently ninth in the Championship, aims to avoid another FA Cup defeat and looks to their historic victory over Liverpool at Anfield almost 30 years ago for inspiration. However, Liverpool's recent dominance suggests a tough challenge for the visiting team.

INJURIES & SUSPENSIONS​

Following his crucial involvement in the Emirates match, it was disclosed that Alexander-Arnold had suffered a painful knee hyperextension. However, there's a chance he might be fit for Sunday's game.

Andrew Robertson returned to the bench at Craven Cottage after a three-month absence due to a shoulder injury. Klopp is also hopeful that Dominik Szoboszlai will be available for the fourth round, barring any setbacks with his hamstring.

Unfortunately, several key players remain sidelined. Joel Matip, Ben Doak, Stefan Bajcetic, Thiago Alcantara, and Kostas Tsimikas are not ready to return. Additionally, Wataru Endo and Mohamed Salah are unavailable, with Salah undergoing treatment for a muscular injury sustained during the Africa Cup of Nations.

Norwich, on the other hand, has a relatively healthy squad for the fourth round, though they did lose Danny Batth to a hamstring issue during their replay with Bristol Rovers. While Batth's injury isn't severe, he is expected to be out for 10 to 14 days. Grant Hanley, who missed the Leeds match due to a back problem, is likely to feature against Liverpool.

However, Josh Sargent and Jon Rowe will miss the game, with Rowe nursing a broken hand sustained in the Leeds encounter.

POSSIBLE LINE-UPS​

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Kelleher; Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Jones, Mac Allister, Gravenberch; Jota, Gakpo, Nunez

Norwich City possible starting lineup:
Long; Stacey, Duffy, Hanley, Giannoulis; McLean, Nunez; Sainz, Sara, Hernandez; Idah

EXPERT PREDICTION​

Liverpool 4-1 Norwich
Liverpool has often struggled against Championship teams at Anfield in the FA Cup. However, facing a team they haven't lost to in over 30 years, Klopp's side should be poised to break this trend.

Moreover, Norwich hasn't managed to keep a clean sheet away from home since August. It's unlikely they'll pose much of a challenge in this fourth-round match, which is expected to be a straightforward victory for Liverpool.
 

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