KEOWN TALKS TACTICS: How Norwich exposed sloppy Manchester City and does this mean Daniel Farke is the man to stop Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool?
- If Norwich are to beat Liverpool they need to look back to September’s victory
- That defeat of Pep Guardiola’s side was the first time Man City looked vulnerable
- Daniel Farke was missing up to 11 players through injury but he had a plan
- Like Jurgen Klopp’s side will do on Saturday, City held an extremely high line
If they are to inflict the same on Liverpool on Saturday, they will need to repeat everything they did that day and then some.
That defeat of Pep Guardiola‘s side was arguably the first time we looked at the champions and thought they would not be successful in defending their crown. Daniel Farke was missing up to 11 players through injury but he had a plan.
Teemu Pukki (left) wheels away in celebration after scoring against Man City in September
Norwich’s best performance this season came in their 3-2 Premier League home win over City
Like Jurgen Klopp’s side will do on Saturday, City held an extremely high line but Norwich didn’t panic and some of their passing was exquisite.
It opened up spaces and they were able to counterattack, with Emiliano Buendia showing great endeavour, Todd Cantwell running from deep and Teemu Pukki using intelligent movement.
Norwich scored two early goals but when City made it 2-1 before the break you thought the comeback was on.
Like Jurgen Klopp’s side will do on Saturday, City held an extremely high line in September
Then Norwich scored again and against all odds they won. Their players, now bottom of the table, have to believe they can do that again on Saturday.
Where Liverpool are trickier is that Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are as good as any centre back pairing in Europe.
They have so much pace, mobility and passing ability. They are a cocktail of quality but if Liverpool feel rusty after their winter break Norwich may have a chance.