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Steven Naismith aims to take his chance and impress with Canaries

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Former Everton frontman Steven Naismith is ready to help fire new club Norwich to victory against Liverpool should he get the go-ahead from manager Alex Neil.

The Scotland international completed his switch from Merseyside to Norfolk earlier this week, for a fee reported to be around B£8million.

Although Naismith - who was close to moving to Carrow Road in the last transfer window - netted a hat-trick against Chelsea in September, the forward had not featured since December 28, having recently recovered from an ankle injury.

Canaries boss Neil confirmed both Naismith and Portuguese full-back Ivo Pinto, signed from Dinamo Zagreb earlier in the window, were in his plans for the televised lunchtime kick-off against Liverpool.

However, a decision has yet to be made over Swiss defender Timm Klose, who joined from Wolfsburg on Monday but has only had a couple of full training sessions with his new team-mates.

"Speaking to the manager here, I am going to get an opportunity to play which I need to prove I am worth, then once you get that chance I need to do well to stay in the team and I am relishing that opportunity," Naismith said at a press conference.

"Just being involved is great, it is a nice coincidence that it (his first match) is against Liverpool.

"It will be a tough game, one which we need to be ready for from the off, they have some great players, but at home especially Norwich have looked very strong in all their games, so I am looking forward to hopefully being involved in some way.

"I scored my first goal (for Everton) against them, so if I could replicate that, it would be another good start."

On loan Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom is not eligible to face his parent club. Midfielder Gary O'Neil continues to serve a three-match ban following his red card at Stoke.

Forward Gary Hooper has, meanwhile, completed a permanent move to Sheffield Wednesday following a loan spell.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would dip into the January transfer market if he could sign a player for his long-term plans but he will not look for a quick-fix to the lack of goals.

With Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all injured the German has one fit out-and-out striker in Christian Benteke, who is struggling for confidence, and attacking midfielder Roberto Firmino who he currently prefers in a false nine role.

Klopp said: "The January window is not the best and if you are under pressure then everyone wants prices where you think 'Are they crazy?'

"If you take a new player now we have a day to the next game, four days to the next so it is not a perfect moment.

"We have to watch the market, to think about what makes sense for us now plus for the summer.

"If we find a solution which fits for both transfer windows, winter and summer, and a player could help us as quickly as possible then of course we would try."

What Klopp could really do with this month is the return to full fitness of Sturridge, who has not played since sustaining a hamstring injury at Newcastle on December 6.

Despite rumours he had suffered another injury setback Klopp said the England international was progressing well having seen his training schedule interrupted last week by a minor issue.

The Liverpool manager consistently stated he will not consider the 26-year-old for a first-team return until he has completed a run of 10 to 12 successive days' training.

Last week's hiccup put Sturridge back to square one again but Klopp is satisfied with the present situation.

"I'm happy about other things, I have to take it like it is. I can't rush into this situation," added the Reds boss.

"I would say the last four days were really good. He could do what he had to do. In this moment he is in a good way but it still needs time. I can't change it.

"Hopefully he can do like this for next four to five days. We have spoken about this. Then it's 10 days - which is better than two - and then we have to see where he is, how the situation is. Then we can decide if it's time for him."

Forward Adam Lallana is a doubt for the tip to Norwich with a minor muscle problem.


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