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‘It’s the toughest challenge in football at the moment’ - City legend on Liverpool test

PUBLISHED: 10:27 14 February 2020 | UPDATED: 11:35 14 February 2020

Russell Martin scored the equaliser as City drew 1-1 at Anfield in September 2015 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Russell Martin scored the equaliser as City drew 1-1 at Anfield in September 2015 Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

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Norwich City will face the ‘toughest challenge in football’ when they play champions-elect Liverpool on Saturday evening, according to Canaries legend Russell Martin.

City face the league leaders at Carrow Road in the late kick-off on Saturday, with the chasm between the sides totalling 55 points.

Jurgen Klopp's formidable Reds remain unbeaten this season and have extracted 100 points from a possible 102. Manchester United remain the only club to have taken points from them this season in a 1-1 draw back in October.

Martin, now managing MK Dons in League One, scored at Anfield back in 2015, just hours after becoming a father again.

"I'm sitting next to the wee man now and he's four. He's still at nursery but he starts school in September. It's flown by and he's beating me at most games now," Martin told BBC Radio Norfolk.

City celebrate equalising at Anfield in 2015 - and a double celebration for Russell Martin, who became a father for the third time earlier in the day  Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdCity celebrate equalising at Anfield in 2015 - and a double celebration for Russell Martin, who became a father for the third time earlier in the day Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

"It seems like it was a long time ago and it brings back great memories. One day he'll be old enough to understand it all. It was an amazing day and fortunately we managed to get a result so I'm hoping for the same this weekend."

The 34-year-old became manager of the Dons back in November and has guided them away from the League One relegation zone. The former Scotland international will be at Carrow Road on Saturday and is excited to see how City cope with the irrepressible Reds.

"It's the toughest challenge in football at the moment," Martin continued. "They're the best team in England and Europe, they're complete powerhouses in the way that they play and they've got everything really.

"It's difficult but I've said it all along, these aren't the games that keep you up. Anything you get from this is a bonus.

"They played well at Spurs but got punished because that is what the best teams do. Unfortunately, the form against teams in and around them hasn't been good enough and they're the results that keep you in the league.

"I still think it's possible to stay up because what they have is really good and it can hurt teams but they need to improve on the off the ball stuff.

"I'm really looking forward to it, I'll be at the game covering it for Sky Sports and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do to try and stop Liverpool."

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