Liverpool remain without a win since the middle of August with Norwich City coming from behind to nick a point at Anfield yesterday. Although the Reds looked better than they have this season and controlled the match for long spells with Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Alberto Moreno returning to the starting eleven, the result wasn’t at all what the supporters, or the manager, expected to see.
“[We are] disappointed and frustrated with the result, but I thought in particular in the second half, there were a lot more signs of our fluency and creativity,” said beleaguered Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in his post match interview. “In the first half, we were a bit static, I felt, we had the ball in decent positions but probably the movement in front of the ball wasn’t as we would like,” he continued. “But also on the back of our last performance here, [there was] a little bit of anxiety in the first half. [In the] second half, we freed ourselves up a little bit more. It was going to be important that we got the first goal, which we did with an excellent goal,” added the Northern Irishman before stating the obvious. “Then we lost our concentration for a set-piece, which is not so good from our part.”
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With their stuttering start to the season continuing in earnest, Liverpool now sit level on points with the newly promoted Canaries — though two places below them in the table with an inferior goal difference. With Christian Benteke suffering from a tight hamstring and Sturridge returning for the first time since April, the sluggish first half performance wasn’t all too surprising, but it’s their continued lack of output in front of the net from players that should know where it’s located that rankles the most — well, that and their inability to defend a set-piece.
“I think we created enough chances to win the game, so that obviously disappoints – but the most disappointing factor is the goal. It was their first corner in the game and our organisation was clear – they had six men in the box and we knew exactly the roles. It was disappointing and it was a goal that shouldn’t happen. Give credit to Norwich, a team with confidence from getting promoted and their result last week, but we know when we’re here [Anfield] our performance level should be so we can win games. I think today was a step forward for us in terms of the creativity back into our game and hopefully we can progress from that.”