Match Preview: An easy game for Liverpool?
Liverpool are favourites to win this, on paper at least.
But the injury list isn’t small. With key players such as Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana out for the weekend (or longer), it is hardly likely that Klopp will have a powerful enough squad to work with. He has done pretty well so far given the quality of the team he inherited and the plentiful hamstring injuries, so hopefully the German can assemble a team that will win this game.
There are good things even in bad things, as seen from the game against United. Pressing well, winning good balls and looking dangerous. That is something Liverpool should keep doing. Even in the match against Exeter City, the youngsters managed to put up a great performance to ensure a good win. And many people have suggested that they may play that squad against Norwich. Well, as fun as that may sound, it’s largely impractical as a mid-table Football League 2 team can’t be compared to any Premier League team.
But it is true. Liverpool’s youth had a passion for winning, a fire in their hearts, and they played great. Jose Enrique with the captain’s armband… Would you imagine that? It was a change from the first leg against Exeter though as it was Benteke who captained at St. James Park.
A win against Norwich is nearly a must for Liverpool, given the quality of the team. However, if the players aren’t ready to work hard enough, they would be lucky to pull a draw. This has been true in nearly all their games against weaker teams so far. What the players need to remember is that while big games come around only once in a while, teams like West Ham and Watford are the teams they will play week in week out without fail. So to mess up these games would be to give away a top four spot, just like that. It’s about time they started focusing on winning every single game in front of them, whether it’s the Premier League, the league cup, or the Europa League because they can use every win they get.