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Daniel Farke: It was a game where we should have scored more than one

Head coach Daniel Farke was left frustrated by his players inability to convert the chances that they created during the loss to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.

The Canaries fell behind to an early Takumi Minamino goal, but began to get back into the match before squandering two glorious chances either side of half-time to equalise. The first came from a Christos Tzolis penalty, that was saved, and the second from a Pierre Lees-Melou shot from 10 yards out that he hit over the crossbar.

In total Norwich had five shots on target to Liverpool’s three. However, it was the Reds who were clinical in front of goal converting all of their efforts on target to win the match with further second half efforts from Divock Origi and Minamino.

“It is always difficult to stand here and explain another loss,” said Farke. “I am of course disappointed and goals are decisive for winning football games. In general today we have created many, many chances against a good Liverpool side. We created so many scenes and of course in the first half the best chance of the game was the penalty situation, but in the second half, I think, Pierre Lees-Melou is all alone in front of the goalkeeper, Teemu Pukki had a great chance, Adam Idah had a great chance and we had other good situations.

“It was definitely a game where we should have scored more than just one goal. They (Liverpool) had three shots on target and all three shots were goals.”

On the back of a 3-1 defeat to Watford last time out, Farke changed the system to play a 3-5-2 instead of a 4-3-3. He said there was an improvement tactically from his team but it wasn’t necessarily down to the base formation switch.

“In tactical terms we were much improved,” he said. “It is not always a question of base formation, it is how you interpretate this. Today we wanted to save our attacks better and also have enough players behind the ball for the moments when we lost the ball and this was much better.

“We also always had pressure when the ball was on the wings and in the central areas. We have had a few problems with these topics in the last game and I was quite sure that even with a four-man formation would have done better with this, but today against this Liverpool side we had the feeling it was right to do this (play 3-5-2).

"I didn’t see a major tactical problem today it was more a question that we need to convert our chances and also to defend these situations where we conceded a bit better. These are the topic that we have to improve on, but on tactical terms there were many encouraging signs."

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