The Merseyside Reds had an off day last Sunday. They underperformed and were punished by Hull City, losing 3-1 in the end. Key player Glen Johnson did not win a single tackle in the match while Luis Suarez seemed to miss his partnership with injured forward Daniel Sturridge. Manager Brendan Rodgers was left in shock by the defeat.
“If we were going to lose a game in that run of five, I wouldn't have expected it to be at Hull. That's no disrespect to them but this was a game where we should come and do much better,” the ex-Swansea boss told Sky Sports on Monday.
“But it's the bigger picture we need to reflect on. It's now a massive game against Norwich and we must focus to get the points in that game.
“Anfield has been a really good place for us this calendar year so we need to get over this and get three points on Wednesday,” Rodgers concluded.
Liverpool (24) have fallen from second to fourth in the standings. They have been overtaken by Chelsea (27) and Manchester City (25). They enter Matchday 14 seven points behind leaders Arsenal and only goal difference keeps them in the Top Four. If winning the Premier League title is too demanding, qualifying for UEFA Champions League football is a priority for the Merseyside Reds.
The game against Norwich is must-win one and the hosts will want to build on their great home record to keep themselves in the ever tight EPL Top Four race this season. Coincidentally, the visitors’ away record is the reverse of Liverpool’s home record. Norwich have lost five games and won only once away from their stadium. Fresh from their morale-boosting win against Crystal Palace, could they leave Anfield with at least a point in the bag?
Watch Liverpool vs Norwich live on Wednesday, December 4, 2013:
In UK at 19:45 BST on: LFC TV Online
For the latest and full live listings, please visit the Liverpool-Norwich match page where live scores will be available upon kick-off.