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Stats Preview: LFC vs Norwich

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Liverpool vs Norwich City
Anfield, Saturday 22nd October, 5:30pm Kick Off

Liverpool host Premier League newboys Norwich City at Anfield on Saturday looking to build on last weekend’s draw with Man United.

Norwich though are no pushovers, with Paul Lambert’s side not to be underestimated. They went to Old Trafford and almost came away with a result recently.

Our friends at EA Sports Player Performance Index provide some interesting stats ahead of the match.

• Liverpool may consider themselves unlucky against rivals Manchester United at the weekend talismanic midfielder Steven Gerrard made his first start in six months following a groin operation and responded by covering more ground than anyone on the pitch with 12.976km, contributing to an overall distance covered of 121.091km by Liverpool.

• Leiva Lucas had the highest average speed for a Liverpool player with 6.07mph. Lucas has won 92% of tackles he has attempted this season.

• Jose Enrique is Liverpool’s top ranked player in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index in 24th place. The full back has put in 18 crosses and won 83% of tackles entered into this season.

Norwich have continue to perform above expectations this season and beat fellow Barclays Premier League new boys Swansea 3-1 last week.

Norwich remain the hardest working team in the Premier League after covering 142.522km in the game.

Norwich midfielder Bradley Johnson received media plaudits last week for having covered so much ground in the Premier League, and he responded with a lung busting 14.14km distance in the game against Swansea. Miraculously, this was not the most distance covered by a Norwich player, David Fox responded to the challenge and the new that his team cover the most distance overall with 14.286km covered.

• Russell Martin also covered over 14km in the game (14.067km). The trios achievements are even more remarkable given no player had covered over 14km in a game until this match (although this was assisted with 8 minutes added on).

Norwich defender Russell Martin and midfielder Anthony Pilkington both made the EA SPORTS Player Performance index team of the week after their performances in that game.

• Pilkington has scored 3 goals this season from 6 attempts at goal while also putting in 12 crosses and competing 13 dribbles and 66 passes in his opponents half in 7 appearances.

• Marc Tierney continued his rise up the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index to 54th place, making him the highest ranked player on the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index.

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