Alex Neil might not carry the scars of Norwich City’s recent skirmishes with Liverpool but the Scot warns his defenders life after Luis will be just as challenging at Anfield.
“Brendan Rodgers has proved himself a manager, there’s no question about that”, Neil said.
The Uruguayan striker scored 11 goals in five games against Norwich and became the first Liverpool striker to register three league hat-tricks against the same opponent.
“Suarez wasn’t bad either before he went to Barcelona”.
“It is a one-off game, so we will go all out to win it”. That is the type of calibre you come up against when you play the top sides, but the strength for me will come from the group, not individuals, and that is how we base ourselves; we look at things as a unit.
Neil is not interested in factoring in the rich history that always accompanies the five-time European Cup winners.
He told the club’s official website, www.canaries.co.uk: “It’s been a good start for us but we’d like to have more than seven points”.
He said: “That stat just tells me that we are a well-organised team and that we are running very effectively”.
Wins against Sunderland and Bournemouth, as well a draw against Stoke, mean the Canaries sit ninth in the table ahead of their trip to Anfield. It’s our biggest test since we’ve been back in the top flight.
Having frustrated at times with his desire to take so many touches on the ball, Lallana displayed the instinct and improvisation that persuaded Liverpool to pay £25m+ to secure his services last summer.
“We’ve got a plan which we worked on today in training and hopefully that gives us the best chance of coming away on Sunday with some points”.
“The fact we’re disappointed by that shows how well we’ve done – and we are looking to push on further now”.
“Thank god Liverpool sold him because every time we played against them he tended to score three or four goals”.