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Liverpool look to extend lead as top-four battle recommences

Published : Saturday, 15 February, 2020 at 12:00 AM  Count : 92

Shrewsbury Town's English striker Callum Lang (C) vies with Liverpool's English defender Adam Lewis (L) and Liverpool's Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg (R) during the English FA Cup fourth round reply football match between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 4, 2020.	photo: AFP

Shrewsbury Town's English striker Callum Lang (C) vies with Liverpool's English defender Adam Lewis (L) and Liverpool's Dutch defender Sepp van den Berg (R) during the English FA Cup fourth round reply football match between Liverpool and Shrewsbury Town at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on February 4, 2020. photo: AFP

LONDON, FEB 14: Liverpool are expected to take another step towards clinching a long-awaited Premier League title at bottom-of-the-table Norwich, while behind the runaway leaders the battle for Champions League places takes centre stage this weekend.
The Reds can extend their mammoth 22-point lead over Manchester City at Carrow Road on Saturday as they aim to not only win the league for the first time in 30 years, but smash the record books in the process.
Jurgen Klopp's men have dropped just two points all season and are on a run of 16 consecutive league wins.
That march towards the title began on the opening night of the season when Norwich visited Anfield and were 4-0 down inside 42 minutes.
An injury to Alisson Becker was the one big concern of that victory for Klopp as the Brazilian was sidelined for two months.
After taking some time to get back to his best form, Alisson has saved 26 of the last 27 shots he has faced, with Liverpool racking up an aggregate score of 23-1 in that time.
"We want to win the title and for winning the title, you need to win everything," Alisson told Premier League Productions.
"The way we play, you need to enjoy that because if you don't enjoy that then you cannot play all the games with our intensity."
A massive 55 points separate Norwich from the champions-elect with the Canaries seven points adrift of safety.
Daniel Farke's men desperately need to start turning good performances into points to beat the drop.
However, they have shown an ability to upset the odds with one of their four league wins this season coming against Manchester City.




For a long time, Leicester were Liverpool's closest challengers at the top of the table, but the Foxes' form before a two-week winter break had faded with just one win in four league games.
An eight-match winning streak earlier in the season means Brendan Rodgers's men still have a 10-point cushion in the race for a Champions League place and can even move back up to second with victory at Wolves on Friday.
And Rodgers is hoping a fortnight's rest, without any overseas training camp, will have been the perfect tonic to recharge his side for the run-in.
"There's improvements to be made, no doubt," said the former Liverpool boss. "We will now regain a bit of stability.    -AFP



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