Neil Adams - Liverpool have as much to lose as Norwich City in high stakes Premier League showdown

Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists Liverpool have plenty to lose at Carrow Road on Easter Sunday. 
Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd Norwich City boss Neil Adams insists Liverpool have plenty to lose at Carrow Road on Easter Sunday. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Saturday, April 19, 2014
8:30 AM

Neil Adams is adamant the weight of history on Liverpool’s shoulders will mean they have as much to lose as Norwich City.

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Brendan Rodgers’ squad have the destiny of the title race in their grasp after beating Manchester City in a pulsating contest at Anfield last weekend, followed by another damaging stumble for Manuel Pellegrini’s side at home to Sunderland.

Liverpool have swept all before them on a 10-match winning league run forged on a brand of attacking football that has proved irresistible, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge profiting from the creativity of Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.

Adams is not fazed by the size of the task in front of him and insists the hosts will not suffer any inferiority complex in their own desperate search for points to stay up.

“They are the favourites to win the title now. They have had a wonderful season and Brendan Rodgers has done a fantastic job. It is there’s to lose,” he said. “They have one hand on it if you like. If they win all the games they are the champions and that brings its own pressure. There’ll be aware of that. Whether that helps us or not, I don’t know. It is a massive club. We all know they have a history as long as your arm and they have won trophy after trophy. Probably that brings a little bit more pressure.

“The run they are on speaks for itself, and we respect that, but all runs come to an end at some time and why can’t it be their turn on Sunday? It’s going to be tough, of course it is, but we’re confident.”

Adams’s side at Fulham were on the front foot for long spells but the Norwich boss knows the inherent danger of engaging the deadly Reds in an attacking duel.

“They can strike and hit you from anywhere in the team. They are a top side but every team has its weaknesses,” he said. “We have been working on not only how we stop them but how we can hurt them. That is the case for every game. You have to give the opposition full respect wherever they are in the table, but it is always about your own team. I can’t give too much away but of course Fulham was one proposition and Liverpool carry different challenges. For me, it is trying to balance out the task of negating them and give them a problem. That will always be my philosophy. You have to be good enough in both boxes. The research has been thorough, and we’ve spotted one or two weaknesses and identified one or two areas where we think we can have a little bit of joy against Liverpool.”

Trying to disrupt the prolific Suarez is only one part of the equation for Adams.

“We are well aware of what they have got in the team. They are not a one-man team,” he said. “He is a fabulous player but you don’t end up at the top with one player. They have good strength in all departments of the team and we have prepared for that. You look at Steven Gerrard. He is a world class player. That term gets over-used for me but I don’t think anyone would argue he is. He has so much ability. He is a fantastic player with the way he controls a game with his experience.”

47 comments

  • Had my long rant on another board (oh please, don't mention board). Gloomy start to the day here in Lincs. Chill wind, rain imminent. Hope it is dull enough for floodlights at Carra to make those yellow shirts dazzle and produce something to lighten our gloom. It is Easter after all. Maybe the sky will open and Elvis descend in his pink cadillac backed by a thousand angels singing On the Ball City. I need a stiff drink. Too early, will wait till after eight.

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    Lincs Canary

    Sunday, April 20, 2014

  • Chelski losing at home to S'land was a huge result. I believe there will be a few more twists and turns yet before the end of the season. Certainly we have to go out and take the game to Liverpool on Sunday and not be afraid of them. Lets hope we get a result - just like Sunderland did !

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    Dubai Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Yes, it looks very dodgy: only one of the bottom three has to overtake us, and it is likely one of them will; perhaps all three will and we'll end up bottom. But it's not over yet. What if we win tomorrow?

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Hurdy - Sorry to say this but we are down. Lets just enjoy the last painful 4 games and hopefully the board will now finally realise that the fans voice should have been heard way before Game 33 of a 38 Game season.

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    Robin Sydney

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Over the season we have played negative and boring football devoid of any entertainment. In my opinion we have been one of the 3 worst teams in the PL. We also have not taken our chances when we had ample opportunity to win matches. Cardiff at home and Hull with 10 men away typifies that. We also haven't turned up in several away games. The 4-1 defeat to Villa away was a really low moment. Hopefully we will be up for the fight just like Sunderland have been in their last 2 matches. Managers are key to a club's success. Pulis has turned Crystal Palace around, Bruce has bought wisely at Hull and Fulham who were dead certs to go down have given themselves a chance. Let's see whether our boys have the stomach for this relegation dog fight. At the moment our fate still lies in our hands.

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    Hurdy Gurdy Man

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • I wish Lobbo. Problem is it even for some at the top, but never when you are struggling. Jamie Redknap what a plo**er. He sees a replay and still gets it wrong.

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    sharky

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • 'Sharky' I don't think it's intentional, but as some of our players have said on many occasions, " we just need some luck". I can't recall a single moment when, a ref made a poor decision in our favour and where a defender made a complete mess of clearing the ball resulting in a NC goal. The pundits say that these things even themselves out over the course of a season, so get ready for an abundance of great fortune, in our favour, in last last four games.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Was away for a few days at one of Brew's former home towns of Coventry watching the bank holiday speedway at Brandon. It was good to read several of you especially the Brew and Blaaffen articulating exactly my thoughts on H'borough and Heysel and that victim culture of tomorrow's opponents.

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    Steely Dan

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Chelsea are fallible at home after all. There is yet hope.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Unfortunately its been a bad season for referees.Its they that are determining the fate of some clubs in the EPL.

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    sharky

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Chelsea, 31 shots and 15 on target home to bottom team Sunderland and Sunderland win 1-2. I afraid my canary chums our relegation had been preordained.

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    Lobbo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Niceone, we can only hope that NA has had enough time to engineer the attacking football that will see us score some vital goals. I would be more optimistic if we had easier games left. We need one miracle win, a draw, and then depend on others to beat our fellow strugglers. Come on Chelsea.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • No negative vibes, for what ever the reason we are where we are in the league. There is still time to escape the dreaded drop and I think a point tomorrow is quite possible. Relegation is not nice but not a disaster, what happened to the Korean ferry is. Under N A there seems to be more confidence. I look forward to the Premiership next season under him.

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    Cornwall Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Before the Hull game I was predicting that we would score 11 more goals in the rest of the season so I thought I would update this notion. Since before the Hull game we have banged in 9 goals which if the statistics are correct leaves us two more goals for the rest of the season. However the sacking of CH changes the goal scoring potential, as I see it, as NA has introduced attacking the opposition as a means of scoring goals. Sounds like a good plan and I can't think why CH didn't think of this to save his skin. On a scale of 1 to 100% I am 75% more optimistic than I was before CH sacking and I shall be there tomorrow supporting the lads and NA to the best of my ability. I am sorry that I can't add anyfing to the gramma_ puntuation an' sintacks debate but I fourt this cite wus about futball!!!

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    NICEONE

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Great to hear some positive thoughts from a City manager! Makes such a change from the opposition supportive drivel we have grown accustomed to over the past two years. It's a big ask tomorrow, but at least we are not being defeatist even before a ball is kicked in anger.

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    Cape Town Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Yes, ed, that is most true. Pointswise Fulham beat us 6-0 and Cardiff 4-1, which is dismal.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Cecil we are a threat to ourselves.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Thank you Spurs! Fulham need one win from 3 games, and perhaps another point if we can get at least one point against Arsenal, so may be I'm feeling a little less despondent. And, yes I do think we can get a point against the Gooners.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • I agree that Cardiff could be the ones to escape the drop. Just heard Solskjaer saying what a great job "Sparky" has done at Stoke. Am I just being cynical in thinking that "Sparky" might not mind helping his mate out? Paranoia is setting in. It's an exhausting afternoon changing from a Spurs to a Stoke to a Chelsea fan within such a short space of time. Tomorrow ,my true allegiance will out. We've got to raise the roof at Carrow Rd.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Sporty Archie out!:)

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    el dingo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Cardiff may be a bigger threat to us than Fulham.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Swiss, I was in the "anyone but Hoots camp" when Pulis became available. However, the board was so determined to stand by their man they would have turned down the free services of Mourinho and Guardiola. At least Fulham reaffirmed today they are not world beaters although looking at their remaining fixtures they don't need to be. Sadly, we do.

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    Lincs Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Yes, I'm sure it's 3-1. I'm watching it.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • It's okay to agree with me sometimes, MB. I'm not always wrong.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • About time Archie stopped Spooner-feeding us Mrs. Malaprop`s mistakes. Youre s`ure about that Fulham scoreline, Cecil?

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Soglio, I was probably being a bit sarcastic there. I agree with you - that was just another manifestation of pitiful journalistic standards. I`ve long bought into your views on this tosh, el dingo. I even find myself in agreement with Cecil. Time for an imbibition - g`waan, g`waan, g`waan...

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Yes, theyre not misspellings more malapropisms which Word cannot detect. Can it? Fulham losing 3-1!

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Maybe Barking, you 73 year old's have something in common with our present team of comparative youngsters who seem flaccid and limp and in need of a magical blue pill.

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    Gruff

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Brew, proof readers went out with the introduction of lap tops etc. and the only spell checkers are those on the lap tops etc, which of course would not pick up this basic error. It is the state of journalism which has reporters re-writing what is spouted during an interview, and is not true incisive journalism.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Could be Brewer. .. or maybe he's been coached by the Bewilderwood of journalism, Sporty Archie himself. ... Real glad other folks on here recognise this tosh for what it is. Thank you.

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    el dingo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Soglio Star, I`m sooo glad you said that! It is almost beyond belief that a professional `journalist`, aided by proof readers and spell checkers, could put his name to that. Shouldn`t need either aide. Surely a reasonable command of basic English is the minimum requirement for even a local hack? Instead, this particular one seems obsessed with egesting a Thesaurus rather than informing, or getting the basics right. Must be a `Friends in high places` scenario.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • No, I didnt know Norwich had scored fewer goals than anyone in the league. That is quite a shocking stat, although teams in the lower divisions have played more games. The illiteracy of our local reporter is shocking too. But of course we'll all be behind our team tomorrow; that is not an issue.

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    Cecil

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Pointless carping on about the past. Decisions have been made and we surely have to move on and support NCFC in what they need to achieve in the next 4 games. But it is daft to say Liverpool have as much to lose. They don't.

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    Surrey Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • I noticed this problem quite early on, actually. And the one with Hughton. .. It's just a shame the sub-editors let so much of it through. What must the copy be like before it gets to the subs....

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    el dingo

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Apologies if I missed this point in the debate at some stage but did you know that Norwich have scored less goals than anyone in the WHOLE of the football league? Now that does give the season some perspective.

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    Flying Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Barking - how about : - Seeing Piccadilly, Fanny sniffin' Willie Being rather silly and porridge oats A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it; Your welcome we can spare it, yellow socks; phoning up a buddy;Being in my nuddy Saying okey-dokey, sing-a-long a Smokie. Here's to Tuesday night away at Barnsley in February...

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Oh come on you lot lets get behind the team on Sunday the scousers are as much worried about coming to the Carra because they know the title is theirs to lose and they certainly don't want to do that here. O.T.B.C.

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    Egyptian canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • 'It is there’s to lose' - oh dear, even an unqualified teacher could spot the obvious grammatical error -followed by - 'There’ll be aware of that.' It should be relegation for this hack too.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • PS: Blaffen Wijs, did I tell you that, in completing a crossword recently, I came across the word `Davit`. In the original old French form, `Daviot`, it meant `small tool`. In English parlance it came to mean a small ship`s crane. I prefer the French take on it.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • You have the cojónes to admit it, Swiss. I was in the same camp, ref Pulis. If you never change your mind, you`ll never change anything. Cliché du jour ;-) Blaffen, mijn zeer speciaal oud knapachteren vriend, Your piece of erudition may perchance have a pending appearance in this periodical. Don`t give up; the spirits of Oscar Wilde and Whistler live on in the windswept intellectual wilderness of Archant Towers. There will be a resurrection. Please wait 40 days.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • .....It could just be that the Board were more interested in the Balance Sheets than the Football Team....A huge conflict of interests!....They appointed what turned out to be a 'duff' manager and crew, and thought that after the successes that Lambert and co, had brought us ,all that was needed was a ' steady' hand on the wheel!....How wrong they were!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • There is only one way Norwich will stay up, and that is if Fulham stuff their last 4 games up...

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    Footyboy16

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • I was certainly in the "anyone but Tony Pulis" camp earlier in the season. What a bad shout that was.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • That`s right, Swiss. Why, oh why did the Board leave it so late before they took action? The writing was on the wall for me about last November. Others saw it much, much earlier. For a few, the Penny has yet to drop.

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • It is frustrating to see how well Southampton, West Ham, Hull and Crystal Palace have pushed on while we have been left like a beached fish wriggling to get back in the water. The only relief is that the team have finally woken up and are at least trying to remember how to play together.

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    Swiss Canary

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • Nice little ground, Brentford. Plenty of Fuller`s pubs about. Much more fun than Chelsea!

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    Mad Brewer

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

  • So, instead of Chelski next season, we shall be playing ... Brentford. Oh well.

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    Soglio Star

    Saturday, April 19, 2014

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