Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says his side have ‘nothing to lose’ against Liverpool, who City host at Carrow Road on Saturday.
“We are respectful, and we know Liverpool are on fire,” Farke said, discussing Jurgen Klopp’s side. “They’re the best team in the world and we need an outstanding performance and spirit, to be so good in many topics to have a chance.
“We have the ingredients you need to cause problems for the best teams in the world because we’re capable of creating chances and dominating, even against such teams. There’s nothing to lose, just something to win, so we are hopeful and full of confidence.”
The focus has been on Liverpool for the past two weeks, with the Premier League’s first winter break giving both sides a weekend off in early February.
“It was too short,” Farke joked, discussing the break. “I’m from Germany and we’re unbelievably lazy! I would have preferred four or five weeks, but after the busy period it was good to have time to calm everything down.
“We had three days off completely and not many more. We were then back on the training pitch to prepare for the following weeks and months.
“It was good to have one weekend off and it helps the players as well. We know we’re in a privileged situation compared to the Championship last season because we never had a full week to prepare.
“It’s a bit tricky because Liverpool have had enough time to prepare for this game as well, so they will be highly motivated. We would prefer to play them after a difficult Champions League game, but we know that they will be switched on.”
The 2019-20 season began at Anfield back in August, where this weekend’s visitors beat City 4-1 on the Premier League’s opening day, but the Canaries showed encouraging signs in that game.
“For a newly promoted side who could hardly spend any money in the summer, it was a huge task for us,” Farke added. “Although we lost, we showed that when we are good in all topics, we are competitive. There were many periods when we were good in the game and able to create chances.
“We should have been a bit more clinical in using them and a bit more switched on in the details. When you concede in set-pieces against Liverpool at Anfield, of course it’s difficult to win, so we have to be good in many topics to have a chance, but if we are then there definitely is.
“There is always hope. In one game, everything can happen. We are not naïve, and we know that in 20 games Liverpool will probably win 18 and have perhaps one draw and one loss, but we are greedy and focused.
“The Manchester City game showed that when you’re good in your topics you can be competitive. They came to us on the back of a 20-game unbeaten run and we were able to beat them.”
Finally, the City manager commented on the news that the club had sold its full allocation of 9,000 tickets for March’s FA Cup fifth round tie at Tottenham Hotspur.
“That’s amazing,” he said. “It says a lot about the passion and togetherness in the city. We don’t take it as a given, especially when we’re not in the best position in the league, to have such support and unity.
“It’s important to know as a player how much responsibility and pride you should have to be allowed to wear the yellow shirt and for each staff member to work for this amazing club. It’s a great honour for me as a coach.
“That’s the biggest motivation for us; to work further on this little miracle to keep this club in the Premier League. Everyone writes us off, but we use it as the biggest motivation.”