After dropping four from the last six Premier league points, the Reds are looking to bounce back against the Canaries, who are eager to do the same after losing the last two games.
January 23, 2016 • 12:45 • Carrow Road, Norwich, Norfolk
Referee: L. Mason
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Norwich manager Alex Neil looks ahead to his side’s Premier League match against Liverpool, and talks about new signing Steven Naismith – who he once clashed with as a player.
AYlex Neil, Norwich City manager (on Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp):
“Yeah, I think obviously he’s bringing his own style of play, over here. I think they’ve had sort of, a bit of a mixed bag in terms of results and performances, and I think it’s a team, like a lot of other teams, that are sort of in transition at the moment. They’ve signed a lot of players in the last season or two and I think they’re still trying to sort of find their best combination and best starting line-ups for games.”
” Obviously the clubs had been in dialogue with Everton, I had been in dialogue with Steven as well. So, I knew the situation. I new…. the sort of reasons it (his move to Norwich) was getting postponed if you like, obviously drawn out. So, yeah, I think everybody’s got their own sort of things they need to deal with in their own lives and, make sure it’s the right move for them and their family. So…. that’s why we pursued him so heavily, because I knew he wanted to come here to play. It was just a case of trying to get, his family and all that sort of side sorted as well and we’re really pleased now that it is.”
(asked about the on-field clash he had with Steven Naismith when both were playing in Scotland):
“No, I’ve not mentioned it. To be fair….”
Q: “Have you seen it?”
“Yeah, I’ve seen it, yeah. Well, I was involved in it so, I don’t need to see it.”
Q: “Do you remember it?”
“Yeah, of course I do. Yeah, I was a whole-hearted player, so…. my flashpoints for me over my career were, quite common. So, it’s just one of those things, but just two committed players playing.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp spoke on Friday (21st January) about his team’s upcoming Premier League game against Norwich City and how to get his team scoring.
Liverpool manager (on being cooler in front of goal):
“To go on and make better decisions you need to have a more open view. Even in a situation around the box, in the last third, sometimes you can force it, you have to shoot, a deflected ball, goal. It’s a goal, it’s great but it’s of course a coincidence but sometimes you have to try this. In our situation we have a lot of moments where, if we would have been cooler, with a more open view, then we would have seen there was a player next to the six-yard box or something who could make an easy goal.”
Liverpool manager (on Norwich):
“Absolutely. That’s how Premier League is, you look at the table and think 18 points, it’s not too good, then you see them playing and they had some problems in defence that’s for sure, less problems in offence. They are creative, they are quick, they are what you need but they let in easy goals. They changed this situation too when they took (Timm) Klose from Wolfsburg. I know him, he’s a really good defender, they took the right full back, they had a problem in this position because the centre-half played most of the time full-back. They knew about their problems and they tried to solve it and we are the fist team that have to play against this new team.”
Liverpool substitutes: Benteke, Caulker, Lallana, Allen, Flanagan, Ward, Joao Carlos.
Liverpool starting line-up (4-3-3): Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno; Can, Lucas, Henderson; Milner, Firmino, Ibe.
Norwich substitutes: Ruddy, Jerome, Jarvis, Klose, Mulumbu, Olsson, Odjidja-Ofoe.
Norwich starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Rudd; Ivo Pinto, Martin, Bassong, Brady; Dorrans, Howson; Naismith, Hoolahan, Redmond; Mbokani.