Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers is wary of the threat from a new-look Norwich City

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will respect the threat of Norwich City. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will respect the threat of Norwich City. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Thursday, April 17, 2014
4:04 PM

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is wary of the damage a new-look Norwich City can inflict on his side’s Premier League title hopes.

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The Reds’ chief has already detected a shift in the Canaries’ approach under new boss Neil Adams who made six changes for his first day in charge at Fulham last weekend.

Norwich need the points just as desperately to ease their relegation fears and the Northern Irishman is taking nothing for granted.

“They’re looking to change the way they’re playing,” he said. “They’re looking to open up the field a bit more and have a bit more space to play in and they’ll want to show they can win in front of their supporters. They know they need to win the game. They’re just above the relegation (places) and they’ll see their home games as being vital for them.”

Rodgers insists dropped points for title rivals Manchester City against Sunderland in midweek must serve as a warning to the Anfield outfit.

“Nothing ever falls into place, you have to make it happen,” he told Liverpool’s official site on Thursday afternoon. “For supporters and other people looking at games on paper, they may or may not look easy, but for us as managers and coaches, it’s very difficult to forecast. I’ve said from day one, every single game at this level is a test, whether you’re playing the team at the top or the team at the bottom.

“It is an extremely difficult league, it’s the most competitive league in European football. The other night probably epitomised why. Every team has got quality, every team can score goals. They may not be able to put it consistently together, but you know in games they can do well. Crystal Palace defended really well (at Everton) and had a threat on the counter attack, and Manchester City had it difficult against Sunderland, who played very well.”

Rodgers confirmed at his pre-match press call England international Daniel Sturridge is an injury doubt for the Canaries after suffering a hamstring strain against Manchester City. Sturridge is undergoing intensive treatment in a bid to be fit.

“It’s not too serious and won’t keep him out for too many weeks, but he may be out for the weekend,” he said. “We’ll assess it more over the next couple of days, but that’s how we’re looking at it at the moment. He may well make a real good recovery over the next few days and be ready for the weekend.

“At this moment in time we’re just assessing him and seeing how he goes because he does recover very quickly. Before the first game of the season, he’d only played 45 minutes of football before he played and scored the winner (against Stoke). It’s certainly not as serious as what sometimes a hamstring injury can be.”

19 comments

  • Strange, isn`t it? Freddy Krughton`s nightmare legacy - we defend fairly well at home, defend abysmally away, and have not a clue how to attack anywhere. Diamond geezer. Btw, the EDP hacks, after our 6-3 triumph over the mighty L2 Bury, labelled Norwich as "The Great Entertainers". They were `avin` a giraffe - weren`t they?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Weell, the talk doesn't really matter at the end of the day, but it fills the time between matches. Give it all you've got lads. We do defend very well at home and Liverpool's defence is pretty dire, so you never know.

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Gruff, perhaps you are unaware of this factoid - Steady On has a chronic obsession with `pant-wetting`. Tells you a lot about him\her. Hence the jocular\sarcastic reference to a `Tribute`. I wish I didn`t have to explain jokes. I don`t want to be like David Cameron.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Stat`s Entertainment, LC!

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Rodgers wary. I am weary of this season. Someone said we do better against top teams. Thought that must be wrong. It's right. A league based purely on results v bottom half and we are 19th. Based purely on v top half and we are 12th. Downside to that is our stats have yet to take in games against four of the top teams. Raw stats as of today however is at home against top half sides we average 1.25 points per game. Away to top half sides we average 0.38ppg, that being due to Stoke moving in to top half since we beat them. So it's 2 x 1.25 and 2 x .38 . That, with decimal rounded off, makes 3 or max 4 pts. Enough? Doubt it.

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    Lincs Canary

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Trying to keep the faith, but all the memories of beating Liverpool in the past and talking up the idea that somehow we play better against the 'big teams' will not help us on Sunday. We will be soundly thrashed. 'We happy few, we band of brothers'? Dream on....

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    wallybrain

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Suarez was very close to being sent off last week. He'd been yellow carded, then did a trademark dive in the box. Ref gave nothing about the pen claim so should've given him a second yellow. That might have evened it up just a little. They have so many threats, difficult to know who to target mark. The whole team will need to work incredibly hard to keep them quiet.

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    Double D

    Friday, April 18, 2014

  • Tribute to Steady On? Isn't Steady On not used to frighten the children..? Mile High, pretend you're at an airport and have a beer when you get up.

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    Gruff

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • we have upset them before when they had a big event to celebrate - remember the Goss goal in front of the old KOP

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    malmocanary

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • And Saint Dee-dee`s not even fat, LincsCan! Benchio`s in the U21 team tonight. Is there enough recovery time for him to do the cloud-seeding biz vs The Lachrymose Liverpudlians? Or will Willy Wolf wallop them? Who are little old Norwich to stand in the way of Destiny anyway? If Liverpool fail to win "their" title, I`ll laugh until the tears run down my legs. (In tribute to Steady On).

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Yes Mile High, it is worth getting up at 5am just to see the yellow and green. Why are other teams colours so drab? After all what else would you be doing?

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    Cornwall Canary

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • On another board Ruddy talks about these being the kind of games you want to be involved in. That goes for the fans too. A full to capacity Carrow Road. The potential of an upset against title contenders. Maybe one of our strikers ending his goal drought and winning the game. Crazy celebrations. Delia grabs a mike and sings Canary Rock n Roll. No wonder Rodgers is wary.

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    Lincs Canary

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • This is Liverpool`s year. Many predetermined reasons. Premier title. Top manager. Best player. Enough to make you cry, aar cchhidd. Shame they can`t make 96 points. Unless the FA find a way. Don`t dismiss that.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Wary but I am sure not overtly worried! Our track record against Liverpool is awful and our current form as well. And we can't score a goal. So I'd rather be in his shoes than ours. However....you never know in football!

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    malaga flier

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Threat from a new look Norwich City. Has there been a new one way system or pedestrianisation that the Liverpool team bus might get stuck on.

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    B Inners

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Question: Will it be worth me getting up at 5.00 a.m. in Colorado on Easter Sunday to watch it??

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    Mile High

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Thank Brenden. But let's be fair, Liverpool will stream roller us on Sunday.

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    Tone the moan

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Perhaps if the stewards remove the sniper from row Z then Suarez will not go down so easily.

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    Swiss Canary

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • Norwich 1 - 2 Liverpool. Spirited performance by NCFC backed by an equally passionate crowd. Liverpool simply too strong and helped by a Penalty given by Andre Marriner after Suarez is 'Fouled' in the area by Michael Turner. Thats my prediction....Something along those lines. Just seems our luck. Hopefully im massively wrong and we pull off a shock. Even a draw is a massive help! OTBC!

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    Mattias333

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

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