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Chris Goreham: Reds display demonstrated why no-one is giving up on City just yet

PUBLISHED: 12:28 17 February 2020 | UPDATED: 12:28 17 February 2020

Christoph Zimmermann organises the City backline against Liverpool. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Christoph Zimmermann organises the City backline against Liverpool. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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It’s official. There is no force known to man that is stronger than the current Liverpool team.

Storm Dennis flirted with Carrow Road around kick-off time but didn't really impact the game or wreak as much as havoc as was feared.

It was as if the rousing rendition of On The Ball City that greeted the players when they emerged from the tunnel stopped Dennis in his tracks and made him think it might be better to wait until later in the evening when the Canary choir had retired for another week before giving it his best shot.

Even Carrow Road at its most vibrant couldn't quite do enough to blow Liverpool's potentially record breaking season off track.

It was close but then it usually is when Daniel Farke's team are playing. In a season of Norwich City nearlies this was right up there.

Twelve minutes away from a clean sheet against a team who had been wiping the floor with the rest of the division and Alex Tettey coming within the width of a post to giving them the lead and creating another Carrow Road classic for his scrapbook.

Living with Liverpool for so long added further fuel to Danny Murphy's pithy take on Match of the Day a few weeks ago that City are the best bottom of the table team he has ever seen.

Nothing has summed up this Canary campaign better than that Saturday night sofa soundbite.

We should probably be grateful that pundits, opposition managers and fans of other teams are all finding it so easy to say nice things about Norwich City, especially at a time when kindness is in short supply on social media.

Football Twitter has always been a precarious place but it's been at its most volatile in recent weeks with Canaries supporters even managing to fall out with each other about whether or not selling 9,000 tickets for the forthcoming FA Cup tie at Tottenham is something to be proud of.

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To be bottom of the table and still getting constant compliments from other teams is a remarkable achievement in the current climate but it's becoming increasingly difficult to accept them with good grace knowing that Norwich City could donate their entire points tally to Manchester City in a public spirited attempt to make the Premier League title race a bit more exciting this year. Pep's team would still be seven points behind Liverpool.

Perhaps the biggest encouragement to take from Saturday was that no-one in a yellow shirt has given up on the idea of staying in the Premier League.

They played like a team that still believes Daniel Farke's often mentioned 'little miracle' is still possible even though the idea of Premier League survival must now have become at least a middle-sized miracle.

The efforts of Tim Krul and Grant Hanley, two of the more experienced players among Farke's fledglings, have been particularly remarkable in recent weeks. They are playing like men possessed.

One of them probably should have been Man of the Match at the weekend. Hanley for the way he successfully grappled with Mo Salah and Krul for that stupendous double save alone. The only people that put in more impressive displays at Carrow Road on Saturday were the five chaps tasked with heading out into teeth of Storm Dennis before the match.

Their job was to stand, one in each corner and one in the middle, on the big neon pink sheet that goes on the halfway line before all top flight matches bearing the official Premier League logo to prevent it from blowing away.

Battling the elements and fighting against the odds to keep the Premier League at Carrow Road. It was a useful metaphor for Norwich City's entire season.

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