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Daniel Farke: I’m proud of my team

9 August 2019

Daniel Farke said he was proud of his team’s performance despite the result as City went down 4-1 at Anfield.

Liverpool were clinical in the first-half to go 4-0 up despite the end-to-end nature of the game, and Farke believes Norwich deserved more from the match.

“We are unbelievably disappointed because we were greedy and highly motivated to make a big surprise tonight,” Farke said post-match. “We started on the front foot and started pretty well, and when you’re leading in the number of shots 5-1 after 20 minutes you don’t expect to be 2-0 down. To be 2-0 down at Liverpool makes it unbelievably difficult. And then we should have defended the third and the fourth goal a bit more physically, and I wasn’t pleased with our defending in those moments.

“We will speak about the lessons we have to learn. We were a bit naïve for their third and fourth goals, but to be honest we were unbelievably unlucky for the first two goals with an own goal and a three-time deflected ball that ended at the feet of Mo Salah. But we had more chances and more shots on the goal, and we won the second half so there were lots of positive things to take.”

Despite the scoreline, Norwich fashioned plenty of chances and dominated possession for periods of the game against the European champions, who have now gone 41 games unbeaten at home.

“We showed great character to come out and win the second half after being 4-0 down at Anfield. We caused them many, many problems and I’ve been told no team had as many shots on goal [12] last season at Anfield as we had tonight. I can’t criticise my lads too much. I’m in love with this team, and in love with this club, and in love with these fans. Although we lost this game, we showed today why we are so special.”

Looking ahead to Newcastle United at Carrow Road next Saturday, Farke says they will take a lot of confidence from the performance at Anfield.

“Each and every game is important for our development,” he said. “We’ll be disappointed for one or two days, but it’s also important to take out of this game the things we did very well. Big teams have lost here, so we don’t have to hide after this result, especially after this performance.

“I’m pleased with all of my lads today, with plenty of character and many good individual performances.”

Farke also reserved special praise for the 2,936 Norwich fans who made the long journey to Merseyside on a Friday night.

“I’ve never been prouder of our supporters than tonight,” he said. “It’s easy to celebrate when we win each and every game, but to be backed like we were tonight after being 4-0 down was brilliant. The fans could see it was a good performance and they were celebrating and supporting the team, and this team deserves all of the praise and support.

“I would have preferred to have sent them home with a win, but I’m glad we sent them home with a good performance.”

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