Norwich City-Liverpool Preview

TOM BENNETT (STATS European Football Writer)

Liverpool will be looking to bounce back from a shock defeat as they welcome Norwich City to Anfield on Wednesday evening.

Brendan Rodgers' side (7-3-3) have been in impressive form this season, but were beaten for only the second time in eight games at Hull on Sunday afternoon. Rodgers revealed after the game that, although he was disappointed about the result, a win over Liverpool's mid-week visitors would still put them on course to meet their points target.

"When we went into the Fulham game we had targets for the number of points we wanted from the next five games," revealed Rodgers. "If we get two victories in the next two games that will put us on course for the bigger picture of two points a game. That is the points total that should get us where we want to arrive.

"If we were going to lose a game in that run of five, I wouldn't have expected it to be at Hull. That's no disrespect to them but it was a game where we should have done much better. We didn't play well enough and there were too many individual mistakes.

"It's now a massive game against Norwich on Wednesday and we must focus to get the points in that game. Anfield has been a really good place for us this calendar year, so we need to get over this and get three points."

Norwich City (4-2-7) picked up a much-needed win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, lifting some of the pressure off manager Chris Hughton. The Canaries had gone into the weekend with just three wins despite spending big in the summer, but Hughton believes the three points taken from Palace will give his squad the lift they need to progress up the table during a packed December schedule.

"We were at home so of course it's a game that we really wanted to win, and I think it's one we deserved to win," said Hughton after the match. "You know against a team like Palace - who have got a new manager and are fighting for their lives like everybody - that there was going to be some scary moments, but overall I thought we thoroughly deserved it. I'm almost as pleased with the clean sheet as I am with the result itself.

"The table looks a lot healthier. It allows us to have a better night and it also allows us to go to what will be a very tough game against Liverpool on Wednesday with a better feel about ourselves."

Liverpool are without the injured Daniel Sturridge (ankle) for up to two months and are also missing Kolo Toure (hip), Sebastian Coates (knee) and Jose Enrique (knee). Norwich City have doubts over Mark Bunn (ankle) and Elliott Bennett (knee), but remain without Anthony Pilkington (hamstring), Robert Snodgrass (knee) and Ricky van Wolfswinkel (ankle).

Rodgers was right about his team's terrific home record. This season they have won five of their six home games, outscoring opponents 13-3. However, without the injured Sturridge, Liverpool will be without the Premier League's second-highest goal-scorer for the busiest period of the calendar, putting a lot of pressure on the shoulders of Luis Suarez.

Norwich have lost five of their six league games away from home this season, getting outscored 16-3. Eleven of those goals, though, came in heavy losses at Arsenal and Manchester City.