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22 January 2016

City entertain Liverpool at Carrow Road

ALEX Neil expects City's clash with Liverpool on Saturday to be a vastly different match compared with when the two sides met at Anfield earlier this season.

Russell Martin's goal, coming just hours after he attended the birth of his son, earned the Canaries a 1-1 draw and a memorable point back in September.

Jurgen Klopp has since replaced Brendan Rodgers in the manager's hotseat for the Merseysiders, and Neil believes they are are unalike under the German.

He said: "Shape-wise they'll be completely different, and I think personnel wise they'll be different as well.

"They're much more direct than they used to be, so that will be something we'll have to be prepared for."

Neil thinks the outcome of the game at Carrow Road is hard to call, with Liverpool having endured mixed fortunes under Klopp so far.

City are trying to get on top of their own inconsistencies having followed up wins over Aston Villa and Southampton with successive defeats at Stoke City and Bournemouth.

"It will basically be about how the two teams perform on the day. That's what it boils down to at this level," he told Norwich City TV.

"It's always hard to predict how you're going to play or how they're going to play.

"I think it will be an open game. Liverpool are the type of team that will try to expand the game, make it big and attack.

"We need to deal with that, and obviously go to try and hurt them on the break."

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