Norwich City must be fearless
Norwich City assistant boss Ian Culverhouse is urging the Canaries to be fearless ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Liverpool.
Paul Lambert's side travel to Anfield buoyed by three league wins in four – the only defeat coming in a spirited display at champions Manchester United. Culverhouse believes City's recent Old Trafford showing underlines what is possible against the best in the top flight.
'It's going to be a test,' he said. 'The one thing you can say is we'll go there with confidence and looking forward to it. It's another place where the atmosphere is fantastic and the players will revel in that.
'We went with a game plan to Man United and the players stuck to it and it was unfortunate we didn't get something, but to come away from Man United feeling that unlucky was great credit to these players.
'We hope for the same again but these players will give everything they have got for the badge. They are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment and no fear, which is great. They (Liverpool) will be at full pelt so we have to be ready and we're going to have to match their work rate but we are here by right. Let's go and enjoy it.'
Culverhouse was part of the last City side to triumph at Anfield in 1994, on a landmark occasion that bid farewell to the famous Kop terrace.
'I remember it was the last day of the old Kop and it was a fantastic experience,' he said.
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'I think we spoilt it a little bit for them, but it was a great atmosphere and a great day. There was a festival spirit all throughout the game and to be the last ones to play in front of it was fantastic.
'It is one of the best grounds for atmosphere. They really do get behind the team and we have to go out and silence them and take the crowd out of the game.
'I played against him (Kenny Dalglish) a few times and he is Liverpool through and through. He has got that place rolling and it will be buzzing. It is up to us to try and nullify them as much as we can.'
Culverhouse took charge of an experienced reserve side in midweek against Aston Villa at Carrow Road featuring the likes of Grant Holt, Chris Martin and Ritchie de Laet.
Lambert's right-hand man admits competition for Premier League places is fierce.
'You look at the attitude of the first teamers and there was no sulking about being out there for the reserves,' he said.
'The only thing is we can only pick seven substitutes otherwise you would look to keep everyone involved.
'Unfortunately some of them have had to sit out, but that is the nature of the beast. If you get that chance, you have to make sure you keep it.
'At the moment the training is easy because everyone is so enthusiastic, the club feels like it is on a roll. The tempo of the training is high as well.
'There is a hell of a long way to go and we're going to need everyone in the squad, but they are all champing at the bit.'