Liverpool chief Brendan Rodgers is wary of the threat from a new-look Norwich City
16:04 17 April 2014
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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is wary of the damage a new-look Norwich City can inflict on his side’s Premier League title hopes.
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.”