Bottom plays top as Liverpool look to continue their charge towards a first Premier League title in 30 years when they return to action at Norwich City.
Carrow Road, Norwich, England
Key Stat: Liverpool's unbeaten run now stands at 42 Premier League matches, putting them eight short of setting a new English top-flight record.
Expert Verdict: Liverpool started the season in dominant form against Norwich City and they can start again after their winter break with the same result. Norwich look doomed for relegation at the bottom of the table, while Liverpool are on course for a dominant title win - it is hard to see any other result than a Liverpool victory in this match.
Ben Godfrey returns from suspension to take on Liverpool, meaning only long-term absentee Timm Klose is still sidelined for Norwich, whose injury woes have at least eased in the second half of the season.
Teemu Pukki – Scored Norwich’s last two league goals from the penalty spot to move to 11 for the season up front.
Todd Cantwell – Linked up well with Pukki early in the campaign and will want to end an impressive first top-flight season in the same form in which he started it.
Christoph Zimmermann – At the heart of a defence that conceded four times against Liverpool at the start of the season and will at least want an improved showing in front of their home fans.
Norwich have lost just one of their last four matches despite their poor overall form this season. They beat Bournemouth in the league and Burnley in the FA Cup either side of defeat away to Tottenham Hotspur, and then drew 0-0 with Newcastle United in their last league fixture before their two-week break. Teemu Pukki scored penalties against Bournemouth and Spurs before Grant Hanley and Josip Drmic netted in their 2-1 cup win.
Defenders:Max Aarons, Christoph Zimmermann, Grant Hanley, Sam Byram
Defensive Midfielders:Alex Tettey, Kenny McLean
Attacking Midfielders:Lukas Rupp, Ondrej Duda, Todd Cantwell
Sadio Mane should be back in action up front for Liverpool, while Xherdan Shaqiri could be fit too. James Milner trained with the youth team at the start of the winter break – and watched their FA Cup win against Shrewsbury Town – and he too is closing in on a return.
Mohamed Salah – Two goals against Southampton before the winter break took him to 18 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions this season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – The wing-back has scored twice but more impressively added 11 assists so far this season – he is key to Liverpool’s style of play.
Sadio Mane – Fit again and looking to add to his 15 goals in all competitions so far this season, having been less prolific in recent months.
Liverpool have now gone 42 Premier League matches without defeat, signing off for the winter break with a 2-0 win at West Ham and a 4-0 triumph at home to Southampton. Mo Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored at West Ham, before Chamberlain, Jordan Henderson and a Salah double ensured a big win – with all goals in the second-half – against the Saints.
Defenders:Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson
Midfielders:Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Forwards:Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane
Liverpool started this season by continuing their winning streak against Norwich – their 4-1 win on the opening day ensuring they have won 11 and drawn twice since Norwich last beat them in April 1994. This season’s game was their first match since a topsy-turvy, last-gasp 5-4 Liverpool win at Carrow Road in January 2016. A Grant Hanley own goal put Liverpool in front in August’s fixture and Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi all netted before half-time too. Teemu Pukki pulled one back after the break for the Premier League newcomers.
Liverpool have not lost in 42 consecutive Premier League matches and it is unlikely they are going to lose this match either.
Bottom-of-the-league Norwich have a dreadful record against Liverpool at the best of times, and the 4-1 defeat that kicked off Liverpool’s supreme season was just the latest in a long line of defeats to the Reds.
Mo Salah went into the winter break with three goals in two games, while Sadio Mane’s return restores to full strength a Liverpool attack that barely faltered in his absence.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goals against West Ham and Southampton ensured the Senegalese winger was not missed.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino continue to provide assists too and this Liverpool side is showing no signs of weakness as they edge ever close to a first top-flight title in 30 years and beyond that the possibility of a record-breaking unbeaten run and points tally.
Norwich, for their part, were in improved form before the winter break but there is simply no way anybody can expect them to get anything from this game.
The Canaries are heading for the drop and Liverpool are set for the title – this match should not alter either team’s course.
Liverpool are big favourites to win but can still be backed at a generous 2/7 with Ladbrokes, Betfair, Betway and 10Bet.
That is an extremely generous price considering their form, as is Ladbrokes’ 5/4 on Liverpool to win to nil.
You can bet against both teams to score at 10/11 with Ladbrokes and 10Bet, but over 2.5 goals still returns a best price of 8/15 with Bet365 and Betfair.
Mo Salah was back to his goalscoring best before the winter break and the Egyptian is a best price of 4/5 with 888sport to score at any time.
Liverpool have a dominant record in this fixture, are in their best ever league form and face the team bottom of the league. This match is only likely to go one way.