IMPORTANT TALK TACTICS: How Norwich uncovered the sloppy Manchester City and does this mean that Daniel Farke is the man to stop Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool?
- If Norwich has to beat Liverpool, they have to look back on the September victory
- That defeat on the side of Pep Guardiola was the first time that Man City seemed vulnerable
- Daniel Farke missed up to 11 players due to injury, but he had a plan
- Just like the side of Jurgen Klopp on Saturday, City held an extremely high line
Norwich’s best performance this season came in their 3-2 Premier League win over Manchester City on Carrow Road in September.
If they want to do the same thing on Saturday at Liverpool, they have to repeat everything they did that day and some more.
That defeat on Pep Guardiola’s side was perhaps the first time we looked at the ruling champions and thought they would not be successful in defending their crown.
Teemu Pukki (left) drives 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 against City
Norwich missed up to 11 players due to injury for that game and the statistics showed that the hosts owned only 31.4 percent and seven shots for City 25. But it was not only lucky that Daniel Farke won. They had a plan.
Like Liverpool will do Saturday, City held an extremely high line. Norwich did not respond by panicking and beating for a long time.
They tried to play it out and part of their death was excellent. It opened spaces and they were able to counter, with Emiliano Buendia showing great efforts, Todd Cantwell running from deep and Teemu Pukki with intelligent movement. Scoring two early goals was important for Norwich that day.
Their first came after an inviting Buendia cross that Kenny McLean found before Cantwell sent their second out of a counterattack.
City made it 2-1 before the break and just as you think the comeback started, Norwich scores again, with Buendia robbing Nicolas Otamendi of the ball and Pukki scoring. A special Carrow Road atmosphere played a role.
Just like the side of Jurgen Klopp on Saturday, City held an extremely high line in September
The place was a boiler of noise. This was early in the season and they were new to the Premier League after three years away.
But against all odds, they won. Those Norwich players, now at the bottom of the table, have to believe they can do it again on Saturday.
Where Liverpool is a particularly difficult prospect, they have Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, and they are practically everything in Europe for a centerback combination. They have so much speed, mobility and decisiveness.
They are a quality cocktail, while City’s John Stones and Otamendi had a day to forget in September.
But if Liverpool feels rusty, maybe there’s a chance here. We want to see who the winners and losers of this winter break are, so let’s see which team got the best out of them on Carrow Road on Saturday.