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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Bradley Johnson acknowledged Norwich City’s Anfield mauling was not in the class of their thrashing at the Etihad – but that only makes things worse.
Luis Suarez made it 11 goals in six games against the Canaries to lead Liverpool to a 5-1 victory over Chris Hughton’s men; a better result on paper than the 7-0 Manchester City hammering last month – but not by a lot.
“We’re disappointed with the result; especially the scoreline,” said Johnson. “I think we gifted them four goals. Obviously the free-kick (for Suarez’s fourth) is top class but the other four we felt we gifted them.
“I felt we were in the game. We had chances and the goals we gave away, Liverpool didn’t really have to work for them. And the (second) goal from the corner, it was nowhere near good enough. But we felt we were in the game today and that makes it harder to take when you give away silly goals.”
Hughton cut an unusually frustrated figure after the game, and Johnson admitted the players carry the can.
“The manager is as frustrated as we are, because we know we’re better than that,” added Johnson.
“We’ve got to work hard as a unit to keep the goals down and not give away silly ones like tonight. Obviously the frustration came out, he’s angry with us and we’ve only got ourselves to blame.”
Final word for Johnson went to Suarez, who has scored more than a fifth of his Premier League goals against the Canaries.
“You can’t give players like him that much respect and time because they will punish you, and he’s done that every time we’ve played him,” Johnson added. “We talked about getting close to him and we let him have far too much room. The goals he scored in the first half, you could tell we were nowhere near him.”