City Manager previews Liverpool clash
AHEAD of City’s clash with Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday, Manager Chris Hughton has called on his squad to make the most of home advantage.
A packed Carrow Road is the venue for the visit of Brendan Rodgers’ Reds, who sit one place below City in the table and are also searching for a first league victory of the campaign.
Much like the Canaries, Liverpool have performed well in matches this season and joined Hughton’s side in the last-16 of the Capital One Cup with a 2-1 victory away to West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night.
Alex Tettey’s debut goal ensured Norwich progressed with a 1-0 triumph over Doncaster at Carrow Road, and Hughton is hoping to keep up those winning ways against Liverpool.
He told Canaries Player: “We are at home, and we need to sustain the quality and endeavours that we have shown in the last few games. If we are able to do that, we’ll create chances, and it’s about converting those chances.
“We will be respectful to Liverpool. Just looking at their last game against Manchester United – up until the sending off they were the better team and looked a real threat going forward.
“Brendan [Rodgers] has a philosophy of play that’s very pleasing on the eye, and they can score goals, so we’ll need to play well and capitalise on that home advantage.
“I was pleased with the win on Wednesday. You’d like to think that all of the players will look to seize an opportunity like that.
“We got the result that we wanted and we were able to change the team.
“It’s a testament to the players that the application from the team was very good, and I look for that from every game. It’s a chance to get fit, impress, and create competition for places.”
Hughton is expecting a tough test from Rodgers’ Liverpool side, as the new manager starts to put his stamp on the club he joined from Swansea City during the summer.
City managed to do the double over the Swans last season, but Hughton is taking nothing for granted as he looks to maintain the hard work fans have seen from the team in recent weeks.
He added: “It’s very early in season, but every opportunity you have to play a football match is an opportunity to get points. Both teams will be trying to seize that opportunity.
“Liverpool haven’t had the start they would have liked, but it’s a new manager with a new philosophy and way of playing, and sometimes that takes that little bit longer.
“There’s no doubt about the quality of players and quality of the manager. It’s only a matter of time before everything they are trying to achieve is in place and they start climbing the table. They’ve got some real quality players.
“We’re looking for a first win, but that probably shows the quality of this division. I think both us and Liverpool could say that we’re happy with aspects of how our teams are playing.
“I think we’ve certainly played well enough in the last four games to have got more than we have got.”