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Paddy Davitt, Norwich City Writer
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Norwich City boss Chris Hughton does not fear a Liverpool backlash in Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Anfield (7:45pm).
Brendan Rodgers’ star-studded squad slipped to a 3-1 weekend defeat at Hull that is sure to trigger a strong response against the Canaries as Hughton’s men bid to address a wretched away run.
“I think you almost have to take that game out of the equation,” he said. “What you are faced with is a Liverpool team having a very good season who are excellent at home. That is what we have to contend with. They will want to react on the back of what they might feel is a poor result or poor performance and as a manager I know he will want a reaction from the players. We have to expect that.
“I don’t think it changes too much for us because, psychologically, you can turn it any way you want. You can look at it either way, whether it is about bouncing back or carrying on in a good vein of form. We look at all their previous matches. If I go back to the derby (against Everton) that was perhaps as good as we have seen for a while and they showed how good they are in an attacking sense. I thought Hull mixed up their game.
“There were plenty of times when they dropped back into a good shape and you could see they had played that formation with three centre halves on numerous occasions but they were also able to switch from playing on the counter to pressing them higher.”
Hughton insists his side are mentally strong enough to cope with another daunting Merseyside test, but Norwich will not have to face the injured Daniel Sturridge who scored his first Anfield goal for the Reds in a 5-0 hammering on City’s previous league trip.
“Last season does not come into it. They have quality players but we have to concentrate on what we want to do,” said Hughton. “It is a great place to play and a wonderful surface. It is about confidence and we know going to Anfield there are not many tougher places than that. It is certainly better going there on the back of a good win and a clean sheet.
“Sturridge is a big blow for them. He is a top player and not only a top player scoring goals for them but has forced his way into that England reckoning. He is having a super season, but they have some very good other players. They are a squad full of quality and I am not surprised to see them up there.”