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Ben Godfrey says Norwich City will be stronger for the experience they endured in their 4-1 defeat to Liverpool on Friday night.
City created plenty of chances at the home of the European champions but were ultimately undone by the Reds’ ruthless attacking nature.
Jurgen Klopp's men led 4-0 at the break, despite only creating six opportunities on goal compared to City’s seven, but the Canaries netted a more than deserved consolation when Teemu Pukki slid the ball home on 65 minutes.
Centre-back Godfrey was keen not to get too downbeat when speaking to canaries.co.uk after the final whistle.
“It’s a tough one to take,” he said. “Some of the goals we conceded were unlucky. You look at the second-half and we created chances, we created chances for the whole game to be fair.
“At the top level, they’ll take their chances. They’re one of the best teams in the world for a reason. We can’t be too disheartened by it.
“Experiences like this are invaluable. You can take so much from them, positive and negatives. It will do us the world of good and we just can't get too down about it.
“We can only learn and it will make us stronger.
“We have to be mentally strong and we have to stick together. We won’t be the last team to come here [Anfield] and lose and concede goals.
“The positives we can take forward and we’ll learn from the negatives and move on.”
Most teams would have downed tools after half-time but Daniel Farke’s Canaries showed character in abundance to continue with their attacking approach and philosophy in the second-half.
“We’ll do that throughout the season. We’ll always try and play and we’ll stick to our style and our philosophy because that was what got us here in the first place.
“We’re proud of the way we play and the Boss drills it in to us all the time. We’ll always keep going like that.
“It’s not gone our way tonight but I’m sure there’ll be days when it does.”
The match signalled the first in the Premier League for a host of City players and Godfrey was one of them. He was pleased to make his mark on the English top-flight.
“It was good being out there. I enjoyed it and that’s what I’ve worked many, many years to play on big stages like that in front of friends and family.
“I had a job to do tonight and unfortunately we didn’t get three points. I’m learning and ready for the next one."
Up next for City is the visit of Newcastle United to Carrow Road on Saturday, 17 August and Godfrey is keen for attention to quickly turn to that.
“It’s another big game and that’s why this league is so good. You’ve got another game coming soon and you’ve got to compete.
“Every team is good in this league. We’re looking forward to it, this one’s gone and we’ll talk about it tomorrow but then that’s it. We’ll look ahead.”