Norwich City striker Josh Sargent has scored two goals in their last League Cup win against Bournemouth
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Daniel Farke has talked enough. Now the conditions are in place for a reaction from its Norwich City players.
The Carrow Road at the final whistle of the 3-1 defeat in the Premier League to Watford on Saturday was a mixture of frustration and empty seats from those who are decided to go to the exits.
Colney was no longer an inviting environment the next morning as the German made clear to his troops what had to be changed. Liverpool’s League Cup visit to Norfolk is the first chance to turn the page.
“Saturday night wasn’t nice, even horrible, and the day after is even worse, but it always helps to get the first session back on the training ground to have, ”said Farke. “We had a team meeting to analyze, to be self-critical, to be honest. It was a monologue for me, to be honest.
“We have to improve our defensive behavior, we are conceding too many goals at the moment. We cannot hide behind the fact that we are not good enough on this subject. We also talked about the reaction after the third game, we see that. Now we’re in a much better mood and ready to go.
« I support her. I think it’s important to always be honest, but her not to be buried alive.
« This is no fun. It’s not easy either, because if you played at the championship level we were the best team by far, and at this higher level we have a hard time winning games. Liverpool have lost a game in all competitions but we want to go to the next round.
Christos Tzolis and Josh Sargent took their chance to impress in their 6-0 win against Bournemouth in the preliminary round. Farke promises to call the changes again.
“The competition is now fierce. If we had three games in seven days last season we chose to stick to more or less the same line-up, but the intensity of those games is much higher and we have to be a little careful with the players, ”he said. “We had some problems in the preseason, the Covid outbreak and the late signings. Then it’s not easy for these players to be at their best every three days.
« We’ll definitely bring in some new players, but not so much to rest others. It’s more of a competitive thing because I think that we need players against Liverpool who can play with the highest intensity. «
Farke did not report any new fitness problems from those who played against the Hornets on Monday. But the city chief confirmed that Todd Cantwell will be absent for personal reasons. Kieran Dowell and Jacob Sorensen are back in the running after not making the matchday squad over the weekend.
Dowell in particular could be feeling hard after starting the previous Premier League game at Arsenal.
Norwich City attacking midfielder Kieran Dowell was sadly eliminated for Watford
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« An incredibly difficult decision because he showed a solid performance in the last game, » said Farke. “We decided to start with three fast players against Watford to try to attack the area behind a little more. Then we had Todd on the bench to bring that creativity and technical skill to this role of number 10.
“Having two of these types of players on the bench is difficult at times. You also need a full-back, a center-back, a winger, a striker. I’m happy to have Kieran, but there is a lot of competition in midfield. « Jacob missed some training and was also outside while Pierre Lees-Melou was sick during the week and was sitting on the bench. »
Christoph Zimmermann (ankle) is still out. Sam Byram has yet to return to full first-team training following another setback in the summer following his long layoff from two Achilles tendon surgeries, while Przemyslaw Placheta was not considered as he is recovering from Covid. The Pole could return to training next week.
Christos Tzolis starred in the show in Norwich City’s League Cup win over Bournemouth
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City pushed Jürgen Klopp’s team for an hour in their first Premier League duel last month before they ran out of steam in the second half. That script needs to be changed.
« We’re not in the best position in the league, but when I look at our first five games so far against Liverpool for 65 minutes we’ve been competitive and at exactly the same level, » said Farke . « Manchester City was a difficult game, but it will always be difficult for any team that goes to Etihad.
» We were pretty competitive at Arsenal and lost the game with a goal that took almost five minutes to rule through VAR. We had one result that really hurts and that was Watford. «
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