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19 September 2015

Boss: Our principles remain the same

ALEX Neil says belief will be the biggest factor if his Norwich City team are to come away from Anfield with a positive result on Sunday.

The Canaries travel to Merseyside to face arguably their toughest test of the Premier League campaign so far against Liverpool, who finished sixth in the top flight last season.

Neil says his team will take bags of confidence into the game, though, after last Saturday’s comfortable 3-1 win over Bournemouth at Carrow Road.

“It’s funny how football changes. When you get beaten, everybody’s a bit down but then when you win everybody picks up,” he told Norwich City TV on Thursday.

“We got a lot of confidence from that game and hopefully we can take that into the match on Sunday. I think our principles remain the same. We want to go and try to win the game and do as well as we can.

“We can’t be gung-ho or silly about how we approach the match, but we’ll approach it in the fashion that we’ll go to win the match, and we’ll see what we can do.

“We’ve got to go to Anfield believing that we can win. I think that’s the biggest bit, the players must go there and believe that they can do that.

“The thing I say to the players is that the worst thing that can happen is that you’ll lose the game. Why be scared? Go and give it your best shot, and if it’s not enough on the day we’ll dust ourselves down, get ready and go again.”

Liverpool were beaten 3-0 by West Ham in their last Premier League home match and Neil sees no reason why his side couldn’t achieve a positive result – but he straight-batted any talk of Brendan Rodgers’ team being in the midst of a ‘crisis’.

“I think it’s been tough for them. They’ve had a hard run of fixtures from the start, and when you’re in charge of one of the big clubs and you lose a couple of games, it’s a ‘crisis’. I think it’s a bit unfair at times,” he added.

“When you look at the other sides who have gone there and done relatively well – Bournemouth got beaten 1-0 and gave a good account of themselves, and we were better than Bournemouth in our game.

“Liverpool are a good side though, they’re well managed and we’re going to have to make sure we put in a good performance.”

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