Norwich City kicked off their Premier League campaign with a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Friday.
The Canaries found themselves 1-0 down after just seven minutes as Grant Hanley sliced the ball into his own net from a Divock Origi cross.
Liverpool then punished Norwich after several defensive mistakes and led 4-0 heading into the break.
Norwich improved in the second-half, however, as they managed to keep Liverpool’s attack at bay and add a consolation goal – with Teemu Pukki finishing brilliantly after Emi Buendia threaded a ball through to the Finnish forward.
Daniel Farke’s side now host Newcastle at Carrow Road in their first home game back in the Premier League, but who could miss out on a place after their performance against Liverpool? And who could profit?
Here are the winners and losers from Norwich’s defeat to Liverpool ahead of their clash with Newcastle next Saturday…
Loser: Marco Stiepermann
One player who could miss out on a place against Newcastle is Marco Stiepermann. He skied two great opportunities in the first-half and was then upstaged by Moritz Leitner – who replaced him in the second-half. Farke could opt to select Leitner ahead of Stiepermann this weekend.
Winner: Moritz Leitner
And speaking of Leitner…
The German midfielder was excellent when he came on at Anfield, with his crisp passing in the final third and cracking effort which smacked off the crossbar.
He’ll be hoping that he gets the nod at Carrow Road.
Winner: Todd Cantwell
After being the second choice on the left for most of last season, it was a bold call for Farke to pick Cantwell ahead of Onel Hernandez at Liverpool. Cantwell, however, impressed with a strong performance and looks to have nailed down his place in the starting XI for next week’s game.
Loser: Grant Hanley
Hanley spent most of last season as Norwich’s fourth choice centre-back, but was forced to start at Anfield due to injuries to Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose. He scored an own goal, made 0 tackles and 0 interceptions, as well as committing a number of clumsy fouls. If Klose is back for the match against Newcastle, Farke may decide to go with the Swiss international.
Winner: Ibrahim Amadou
Amadou only signed for Norwich from Sevilla around a week ago, but the defensive midfielder could be called straight into action this week. Norwich lacked presence in midfield against Liverpool, which could force Farke to throw the former Lille man in against Newcastle.