After seeing a side packed with youth and those on the fringes of the team draw with French side Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers focus has shifted quickly to the meeting with Norwich City on Sunday and just how he’s going to get his side back among the goals. Although the Northern Irishman remained cagey about just when Daniel Sturridge will return to action, he made no secret of his importance to the side and the kind of football that he wants the team to play.
“We’ve probably been waiting for that for quite a period of time. Those types of players like Daniel, with that quality, can give a totally different perspective to your team,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “It’s also about risk-taking as well. For some reason, that bit of risk has gone out of our game,” conceded Rodgers. “It’s ensuring that we take those risks in order to create in the game and bring that intensity to the game. That’s something the players have been working really hard at over the last week or so,” he continued, before adding, “It only takes that one performance to spin the season around again.”
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It’s going to take a lot more than one good performance to sway the popular opinion back in his favour, but we’ve seen stranger things happen under the tenure of the Northern Irishman. That being said, a good performance against the Canaries on Sunday won’t do anything to hurt his cause, but if he’s going to get the Kop rocking again, we’re going to have to start finding the net again with regularity — something he understands in full.
“It’s about reinforcing the process of how we can arrive into positions to score goals,” he stressed before acknowledging that this isn’t a new problem. “It has been an ongoing issue for a little while now. But we will get there like we did before. We had an issue when I first came in [with] scoring goals; there’s always a process to it,” continued the Liverpool manager. “The players coming back will enhance the quality in the team and give us a greater opportunity to score goals.”