Welcome to coverage of the third-round League/ Milk/ Littlewoods/ Rumbelows/ Coca-cola/ Worthington/ Carling/ Capital One/ EFL/ Carabao Cup tie from Carrow Road. Norwich City, twice winners, the last of them in 1985, take on Liverpool, eight-time winners, the last of them in 2012 during the second coming of Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish who had won it four times as a player but never before as a manager … by virtue of Charlie Nicholas.
Norwich City, bottom of the Premier League table with five defeats from five, and Liverpool joint top of the PL with four wins and a draw from five games (don’t give us any of that ‘alphabetical order tomfoolery), have not met in this competition since 1982 when Mark Lawrenson and David Fairclough scored the goals in a 2-0 win in front of a paltry crowd at Anfield.
The Canaries beat Bournemouth 6-0 in a joyous romp in the second round, having rested a lot of their usual first XI, Liverpool earned a bye by dint of their European qualification, something the winners this year will also be able to do even if the reward for victory at Wembley next spring has now been downgraded to a place in the Conference League.
Todd Cantwell, Sam Byram, Christoph Zimmermann and Przemyslaw Placheta were all ruled out yesterday but Daniel Farke should be able to call on some of those who starred against Bournemouth including Bali Mumba and Christos Tzolis plus other squad players such as Milot Rashica, Pierre Melou, Bali Mumba, Dimitrios Giannoulis and Ben Gibson.
Liverpool, who gave Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino starts at this stage last year, when they beat Lincoln 7-2, are likely to do so gain and there could also be places in the XI for Curtis Jones, Nat Phillips and Caoimhín Kelleher.
Join us for the team news from 6.45pm and full coverage from kick-off an hour later.