Konate ready for Premier League debut but Robertson has major doubts, update on Cantwell’s injuries amid coronavirus outbreak
Liverpool will begin their quest to reclaim Manchester City’s Premier League trophy when they face Norwich this weekend.
The Reds started their victorious season with a 4-1 victory over the Canaries in a campaign in which their opponents were ultimately relegated.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have enjoyed a successful preseason which saw Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez return after lengthy injury layoffs.
For Norwich, meanwhile, they will once again return to the Premier League when they face Liverpool after being promoted to league winners.
Daniel Farke’s side will be hoping they are in a much better position to beat the downside this time around, but they have already lost Emi Buendia to Aston Villa.
Todd Cantwell has also been linked with reuniting with the Argentine at Villa Park as a man to replace Jack Grealish.
And on the pitch, Norwich suffered a blow to their confidence with a 3-0 loss to Newcastle in their final warm-up match on Saturday.
Norwich team news
A mix of injuries and complications from COVID-19 left the Carrow Road outfit to scramble ahead of their clash with Liverpool.
Norwich could be without Cantwell after missing the loss to Newcastle and boss Farke has done little to allay fears of missing this weekend’s game.
The German said: “He rolled his ankle; he has tension in his ankle ligament. But we scanned it this morning, and it’s not too bad. We have to wait for how it unfolds.
A coronavirus outbreak in the Norwich camp also disrupted pre-season preparations with six players forced to self-isolate.
Grant Hanley, Onel Hernandez, Jordan Hugill, Przemyslaw Placheta, Bali Mumba and Milot Rashica were all absent from the Newcastle game.
But Teemu Pukki – Norwich’s top scorer in his last top-level campaign – could be fit to start against Liverpool.
The Finnish striker is back in training after his Euro 2020 exploits and he accelerated his return to top form with an appearance at Tyneside.
Liverpool team news
Andy Robertson is boss Jurgen Klopp’s main concern against Norwich after suffering a grisly injury on Sunday.
The Reds are sweating over the defender’s fitness after he appeared to roll his right ankle badly during a preseason friendly against Athletic Bilbao.
The 27-year-old didn’t miss a league game last season, but it’s a serious doubt for Saturday after having to limp off the pitch.
One would expect Kostas Tsimikas or even James Milner to replace Robertson if an analysis put him out of action this weekend.
Liverpool fielded a solid starting 11 against Bilbao, which included Alisson, Van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Joel Matip started at center-back but Ibrahima Konate could be in line for his Premier League debut following his arrival from RB Leipzig.
Jordan Henderson is unlikely to return to the squad following his Euro 2020 involvement, meaning Naby Keita will likely retain his spot.
Harvey Elliot has also drawn attention against Bilbao and he could face Norwich after scoring against them on loan at Blackburn in the league last season.
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