Neil Adams - Liverpool have as much to lose as Norwich City in high stakes Premier League showdown
08:30 19 April 2014
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Neil Adams is adamant the weight of history on Liverpool’s shoulders will mean they have as much to lose as Norwich City.
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.”