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22 January 2016

City's most recent recruits preview Liverpool clash

NORWICH City's latest signings Steven Naismith and Timm Klose are keen to start contributing for their new side as soon as possible, starting with Saturday's game against Liverpool at Carrow Road (12:45pm).

The pair spoke to the media for the first time as City players on Friday morning at Colney Training Centre, having completed moves from Everton and VfL Wolfsburg respectively earlier in the week.

Liverpool represent a familiar opponent for Naismith, who spent over three years with their Merseyside rivals prior to making the switch to Norfolk.

The 29-year-old forward has fond memories of previous encounters with the Reds, as he explained: "I scored my first goal for Everton against them so if I could replicate that it would be a good start.

"My first match potentially being against Liverpool is a nice coincidence, but just being involved is great in itself. It's going to be a tough game because they have some great players, so we have to be ready for it.

"At home especially we've looked strong, from what I've seen. I'm raring to go after training on Wednesday once everything was signed and I'm just looking forward to hopefully being involved in some way.

"I'm delighted to be here and am confident the manager knows what I can bring to the team. I've always had to fight throughout my career, and the Club is fighting to stay in the league, so I'm relishing the opportunity."

Meanwhile, Klose could be in line to face an iconic figure from German football in Jurgen Klopp, with the defender having come up against the 48-year-old's Borussia Dortmund side while playing in the Bundesliga.

Their last meeting saw Klose complete 90 minutes as Wolfsburg clinched the German Cup in May of last year courtesy of a 3-1 victory, in what was the final game of Klopp's reign at Der BVB.

"His style of play is different as he likes to press high and always looks to attack," explained the 27-year-old, whose inclusion versus Liverpool remains in the balance according to City boss Alex Neil. 

"He is a great coach so his teams are always difficult to face, and he is a good guy too. I'm looking forward to hopefully playing against them because they have good quality in their side, but we're hoping to win.

"Joining Norwich was an easy decision for me and a it's dream come true to play in the Premier League. I just want to play football and I'm really happy to have the opportunity of this new adventure.

"I'm looking forward to proving myself as a good defender and helping us to collect points to stay in the league. I want to give everything on the pitch because working as a team is the most important thing.

"If we can fight together, with the crowd, we can get the points we need."

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