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Norwich City v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 16:00

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Norwich City and are boosted by having Sadio Mane and James Milner in contention to feature.

The pair have participated in full training at Melwood this past week following their recovery from muscular injuries. 

Mane has missed the Reds' last two Premier League matches with a small muscle tear, while Milner hasn't been involved since limping off in January's FA Cup tie with Everton.

"It's good news," Jürgen Klopp said at a press conference on Friday. "They both trained from Monday – and they both trained through the last week anyway – so they are in contention."

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However, Xherdan Shaqiri will be forced to miss the encounter at Carrow Road with his calf injury. 

The No.23 and Nathaniel Clyne (ACL) are the only first-team players expected to be sidelined for the clash, which is Liverpool's first since the winter break.

On how his players can regain rhythm, Klopp added: "When you are always playing and playing and playing, it's not that we don't enjoy it, we enjoy it a lot.

"But to do something else for one week in the middle of a season is just nice. You are looking forward to the next game like you didn't play for the last half-year.

"So that's really nice and hopefully we can see that tomorrow."

Norwich boss Daniel Farke told a similar story at his media briefing, with defender Timm Klose the only injury absentee for the Canaries this weekend.

The hosts can also call on Ben Godfrey again after the centre-back served a three-match suspension.

"It's only the second time this season we've had three fit centre-backs available," said Farke. "It's good to have that competition back. We are delighted Ben is back.

"It's not easy for him. He's only had 60 minutes of football over the past nine weeks but he is in my thoughts.

"We have to be careful with him. I will always back Ben Godfrey but I have to take care and protect him. That's in my mind for tomorrow."

On his approach to the game, Farke continued: "Teams often choose to sit deep against Liverpool, but they're too strong against that in counter-attacks.

"If not, they'll score from a set-piece with Van Dijk.

"We have to have periods on the front foot, dominating possession and be fully aware there will be periods we have to be solid defending."

Last match (Premier League)

Newcastle United 0-0 Norwich City (February 1): Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Zimmermann, Byram, Rupp, Cantwell, McLean, Duda, Tettey, Pukki.

Liverpool 4-0 Southampton (February 1): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.

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Norwich City v Liverpool: Team news

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 16:00
Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Norwich City and are boosted by having Sadio Mane and James Milner in contention to feature.
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'The standards at Liverpool are ridiculous - I love it here'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 14:26

Andy Lonergan believes standards of a ‘ridiculous’ level are the driving force behind Liverpool’s near-flawless season so far.

The experienced goalkeeper has contributed to the successes of 2019-20 on the training pitch by providing support to Alisson Becker, Adrian and Caoimhin Kelleher both at Melwood and on matchdays.

And he has provided a glowing insight into the way in which Jürgen Klopp’s world and European champions, and Premier League leaders, operate.

“I don’t want to say just being among this group is enough because if I don’t train well I am disappointed and I want the next day to come around so I can put that right,” Lonergan, formerly of clubs including Preston North End and Leeds United, told The Times.

“A ‘well done’ from the lads, a ‘you’re on fire today’ shout… that’s the reward for me. That’s the reward.

“It could be from Mo or Millie [James Milner]. That is another motivation because if you are on their team, say Millie, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] or Virgil [van Dijk], you don’t want to let them down. You have to perform because they are not shy of giving you a rollocking.

“That is just the standard. If Mo gives the ball away, they are going to be onto Mo. That is why they are doing as well as they are. The standards are ridiculous.

“You get people and players at clubs who say: ‘See him, he’s not a trainer, he doesn’t fancy it, he just plays on a Saturday.’ Well, here, if you don’t train, you don’t play. Simple.

“The professionalism is unbelievable. I have been guilty in the past of thinking: ‘They’ve got it easy those Premier League boys. They are not playing every midweek, they have the best travel etc.’

“But the schedule is absolutely relentless and add to that the training is never less than 100 per cent. The training pitch is where they make the Saturday easier. It is like the boxer who says hard work is the camp, the enjoyment is the fight. It is the same here.

“My friends will say: ‘Who is not the best person? Who is this or who is that?’ I mean this: it is the most honest, down-to-earth squad that I have ever been in. People might find that hard to believe, but they are such genuine, good lads. There is just one goal for all of them.

“We win on Saturday and on Sunday morning we have a five-minute meeting in the dressing room and the gaffer is like, ‘next game.’ That is what it has been like all season. Win the next game.

“The title has never been mentioned, never been mentioned at all, we just focus on winning. Some of the lads wouldn’t know how many games we have played and the points total.”

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Lonergan takes huge enjoyment from working in such an elite environment, too.

“To be honest, it is a lot easier to motivate myself now than probably the last five years of my career,” he said. “I made some moves that didn’t work out and so my motivation maybe wasn’t as high as it should have been.

“Here, you have to prove every single day that you are at the level. That’s the motivation: to make saves, to be a good guy around the place. I love it. I know people might think it lacks a bit of ambition in a way, but for me it was a chance to try to excel in a different way.

“I have to prove that I can be in this company. After 20 years in the game, you need something that keeps you on your toes.”

Of course, Lonergan works closely with Alisson on a daily basis and considers Liverpool’s No.1 to be peerless in the world of goalkeeping.

“Firstly, as a person, he is the most humble guy I have ever met. Ever,” he stated.

“As a goalkeeper, there is no-one in the world near him. He makes everything look easy and he can do absolutely everything.

“You might watch Match of the Day and see him make one save, but if you watch him for 90 minutes and see what he does to affect the game, his decisions, his handling, his passing. Everything is outstanding.”

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'The standards at Liverpool are ridiculous - I love it here'

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 14:26
Andy Lonergan believes standards of a ‘ridiculous’ level are the driving force behind Liverpool’s near-flawless season so far.
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Live on Sky: Norwich vs Liverpool

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:46

Team news, key stats and ways to follow ahead of Norwich vs Liverpool on Saturday (Kick-off 5.30pm).

Team news

Ben Godfrey is available for Norwich after his three-game ban and Daniel Farke is likely to restore him to his defence, alongside Christoph Zimmerman.

Timm Klose is the only longer-term injury absentee as he tries to recover from a knee issue before the end of the season.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and midfielder James Milner are both fit to rejoin the squad after hamstring injuries.

Mane has missed the last four matches while Milner has been out since January 5.

"Millie and Sadio are back. When they are back you consider them immediately," said manager Jurgen Klopp.

"Apart from (Xherdan) Shaqiri, (Nathaniel) Clyne and (Paul) Glatzel, all the players are in training.

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"We have some good options. Hopefully it stays like this for the rest of the season."

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Follow the match on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event or in our dedicated live blog, with highlights published on the Sky Sports digital platforms and the Sky Sports Football YouTube channel 15 minutes after full-time.

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  • After winning two of their first four Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D1 L1), Norwich are now winless in their last 13 against them in the top-flight (D2 L11).
  • Liverpool have won each of their last six Premier League away games against Norwich, scoring 20 goals in the process and at least twice each time.
  • Of the 359 fixtures to have been played more than 10 times in the Premier League, Norwich vs Liverpool has the highest goals-per-game average (68 goals in 17 games, 4-per-game).
  • Liverpool have won 33 of their last 34 Premier League games, winning each of the last 16 in a row, and keeping a clean sheet in nine of their last 10. The Reds have won as many points in 2020 as Norwich have all season so far (18).
  • Bottom placed Norwich are 55 points behind leaders Liverpool. This is the 13th different Premier League match in which a side has been 55+ points behind their own opponents, and the first to have taken place as early as February.
Saturday 15th February 5:00pm Sky Sports Premier League HD Charlie's prediction

Liverpool have had a break and they will be fresh but sometimes it can be a hindrance rather than a positive. I think Norwich are gone if I am honest with you. They have to go after a win and it opens it up for Liverpool to pick them off.

They have been back in training but just bubbling under the surface of the feeling that they are so-called Premier League champions. They do not have to play well to win, and this will be another comfortable afternoon for Liverpool.

CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-4 (16/1 with Sky Bet)

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Report: Brookwell nets a treble as U18s win friendly

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:32

Niall Brookwell returned from injury in style as he netted a hat-trick during Liverpool U18s 4-0 friendly win over Coaching Connexions at the Academy on Friday.

The midfielder has been sidelined with a knee problem since October and his return to action is a boost for Barry Lewtas.

With no fixture since January 25, this was a good exercise for the Reds youngsters against the Coaching Connexions academy side from Anfield.

James Norris opened the scoring with a sweetly struck free-kick with his left foot and Brookwell doubled the lead with a good finish from close range.

Brookwell made it 3-0 in the second half with a cool finish after a strong run into the box but he saved the best for last with a fantastic free-kick from the edge of the box, which he curled into the top corner.

Norris, playing in an experimental role as an attacking central midfielder, was a lively figure for the Reds.

A powerful run saw him surge past three players, and when the ball fell to Fidel O’Rourke, he crashed the ball against the bar with an effort from a tight angle.

Max Woltman excelled on the left side of the attack and was a constant menace to the opposition. The forward might have netted two himself but was denied by a couple of superb saves from the Coaching Connexions stopper.

Lewtas’ charges return to action next Saturday February 22, when they host Manchester City at the Academy (kick-off 11am GMT).

Liverpool U18s: Kelly, Wilson, Rodriques, Quansah (Beck), Savage, Hill (Morton), Bradley, Norris, O’Rourke, Brookwell, Woltman.

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Report: Brookwell nets a treble as U18s win friendly

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:32
Niall Brookwell returned from injury in style as he netted a hat-trick during Liverpool U18s 4-0 friendly win over Coaching Connexions at the Academy on Friday.
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Jürgen Klopp receives latest Premier League Manager of the Month award

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:06

Jürgen Klopp was presented with his fifth Premier League Manager of the Month award of the season on Friday.

The Liverpool boss was confirmed as the winner for January last week, having guided his team to five consecutive victories over the course of the month.

Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United were beaten with just a single goal conceded.

In claiming the accolade, Klopp set a new record for the most Manager of the Month awards in a single season. It is his eighth in total since joining the Reds.

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Jürgen Klopp receives latest Premier League Manager of the Month award

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:06
Jürgen Klopp was presented with his fifth Premier League Manager of the Month award of the season on Friday.
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Jürgen Klopp on Norwich, Daniel Farke and regaining rhythm

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:20

Jürgen Klopp detailed his respect and admiration for Norwich City and Daniel Farke ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Carrow Road.

The Reds resume their Premier League season on Saturday with a top-versus-bottom clash in East Anglia.

The sides last met on the opening weekend of 2019-20, when Liverpool’s clinical cutting edge proved to be the difference in a 4-1 victory.

During his pre-match press conference, Klopp was asked whether the Canaries’ display on that August evening at Anfield – and specifically their attacking flair and creativity – meant their current league position surprised him. 

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“Is it a surprise? I’m not sure [because] this league is so strong so this can happen. What I really admire is that they stick to their principles, that they do what they do,” the boss replied.

“This game against us [on the opening day] is a very good example I think for the whole Norwich City season: really good football, super coaching, you can see all the patterns on the pitch, you can see all the movements from the training ground, [they are] very confident, conceding four in the first half but not giving up.

“For example in that game they scored and they had more chances and stuff like this. Yes, we could have scored more as well, but this is a good example for their season. 

“They caused 95 per cent of all the teams they played against real problems, [but] at the end they lost a lot of these games - that’s why they are in the situation they are. 

“But for me, it looks from outside that this club really sticks together, that they know what their position is, they know what they have to do and they are, strange as it may sound, in a really good situation, in a good moment in the club. 

“Yes, they want to stay in the Premier League difficult – that’s still possible, difficult but possible – but even if not you can see the transfers they made in the winter. They are all already with the perspective for where they will be next season, they will have a strong side again, nobody questions Daniel Farke for super reasons because he is doing an incredible job. 

“So there could be some consistency, which was maybe a little bit of a problem in the last few years with Norwich, I’m not sure. That’s very important. I was in a similar club at Mainz: we played good football but we couldn’t stay in the league at one point, we needed a bit to come back but it’s possible. 

“You need a plan for tomorrow and you need a plan for next month and you need a plan for the next few years and for me it looks like they have that so I have a lot of respect. 

“But again, we scored four, they scored one, that’s one of the problems they had, but they had much more chances in that game and that’s what we have to think about. It was a really good warning and a good start in the season for us, it was early, we were not that consistent at that time, we finished the game maybe too early, it was 4-0 at half-time. 

“That’s a tricky situation, can lead you on the wrong path, not 100 per cent fit yet, players not as long together as necessary and so we had to fight a little bit more in the second half but that’s completely OK. Now the teams are in a different situation and we will feel the quality of Norwich, but we have to make sure that they feel our quality as well.”

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Saturday’s game will be Liverpool’s first in the Premier League for two weeks following the mid-season break.

However, Klopp does not anticipate any difficulties for his team in terms of rhythm, due to the pleasing intensity of this week’s work at Melwood.

“With training,” he stated, when asked how he goes about regaining rhythm.

“The dream of a manager is that you have a full week to prepare a game, then you have intensity in training sessions which you usually cannot have – usually the most intense session is the game in a training week if you play Saturday, Wednesday and Saturday or Sunday again. 

“The three games are the only intense sessions you have really, the rest is tactical stuff, which is very important but never intense or never at the highest intensity. That’s now exactly the other way around, so we used that week, we trained a lot, we trained hard. 

“You lose, not really lose, but you have to find rhythm back – not the rhythm in between games but rhythm for playing football when we started. That was done then and since the quality has been really good in training, that’s how we want to have it. 

“When you are always playing and playing and playing, it’s not that we don’t enjoy it, we enjoy it a lot, but to do something else for one week in the middle of a season is just nice. You are looking forward to the next game like you didn’t play for the last half-year, so that’s really nice and hopefully we can see that tomorrow.”

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Jürgen Klopp on Norwich, Daniel Farke and regaining rhythm

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:20
Jürgen Klopp detailed his respect and admiration for Norwich City and Daniel Farke ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Carrow Road.
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Liverpool to face Benfica in UEFA Youth League last 16

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:16

Liverpool U19s will face Benfica away from home in the UEFA Youth League last 16.

The young Reds progressed to the knockout rounds of the competition by topping their group with 13 points ahead of Salzburg, Genk and Napoli.

Their reward is a trip to the Portuguese side. The one-off tie is scheduled to be played on Tuesday March 3 or Wednesday March 4.

Friday’s draw mapped out the route to the final, with the winners of the meeting between Liverpool and Benfica to then take on Bayern Munich or Dinamo Zagreb away in the quarter-finals.

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Liverpool to face Benfica in UEFA Youth League last 16

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:16
Liverpool U19s will face Benfica away from home in the UEFA Youth League last 16.
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Jürgen Klopp: We have to play through pain - and we do

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:08

Jürgen Klopp has explained why playing through the pain barrier is a necessity that the Liverpool squad does not allow to act as an obstacle.

Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com ahead of Saturday’s return to Premier League action at Norwich City, left-back Andy Robertson opened up on how the winter break had allowed him time to nurse a persistent foot problem.

The manager was subsequently asked about the issue of his players dealing with pain during his pre-match press conference at Melwood.

“There are so many positive stories about us in the moment, which is normal. This is another part of it, 100 per cent,” replied Klopp.

“I was a player myself; when I look back it feels like I played 80 per cent of the time through pain. Nobody appreciated that because I still played bad! It didn’t help, nobody asked then.

“It’s completely normal for a professional football player that you have to play through pain, that’s how it is.

“I said it last year, when Hendo got a knock in the Barcelona home game and it looked like it could be maybe not possible to carry on, at half-time I looked at him and he said, ‘it’s only pain’. These are the words we use most of the time: it’s only pain. It’s not an injury but it’s still pain, it distracts you and disturbs you and all that stuff.

“I know for Robbo it was very important because it was his left foot, which is the only useful foot actually for him! Now it’s much better, that’s good.

“After that long period, after December and January, there was no player in the squad who had not any pain somewhere. Everybody had something.

“But for Robbo it’s true, it was very important he had this week because he looks different now.”

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Jürgen Klopp: We have to play through pain - and we do

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:08
Jürgen Klopp has explained why playing through the pain barrier is a necessity that the Liverpool squad does not allow to act as an obstacle.
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Listen to the Weekend Preview podcast

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 12:00
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Listen to the Sky Sports Football Weekend Preview podcast as we look ahead to Norwich v Liverpool, Aston Villa v Tottenham and Arsenal v Newcastle.

Sky Sports' Peter Smith, Lewis Jones and Ron Walker preview the big Sky Live Premier League games taking place on Saturday and Sunday.

Will Jurgen Klopp put fit-again Sadio Mane straight back into his starting line-up at Norwich? Or will he save his attacker for Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday?

There's tactics talk around Tottenham, too, with Ben Davies' return allowing Jose Mourinho to employ the formation he first planned to use at Spurs. But will the threat of Jack Grealish impact Serge Aurier's role on Sunday?

And just how much progress have Arsenal made under Mikel Arteta? Players have praised his work during the winter break but will we now see signs of improvement on the pitch with a favourable run of fixtures coming up?

The panel also reflect on Norwich's season so far and why many Newcastle fans are far from happy with what they've been watching.

Listen, download or subscribe to the podcast using the links above!

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'It showed what a wonderful club we are' - Boss on Shrewsbury FA Cup win

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:52
Jürgen Klopp believes the occasion that saw a youthful Liverpool side defeat Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup reinforced just how special the club is.
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'It showed what a wonderful club we are' - Boss on Shrewsbury FA Cup win

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:52

Jürgen Klopp believes the occasion that saw a youthful Liverpool side defeat Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup reinforced just how special the club is.

A sold-out Anfield loudly backed the Neil Critchley-led team in the fourth-round replay last week as a Ro-Shaun Williams own goal set up a tie with Chelsea in the next stage of the competition.

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And the Reds first-team boss paid tribute to the performances of the club's youngsters and those that delivered the noise from the stands. 

"Absolutely great. I'm really happy for the boys," Klopp said of the victory. "I spoke to them now obviously and they all enjoyed it like crazy, they loved it. 

"It was absolutely sensational what our crowd made of this game – [such] a loud stadium. 

"Creating that atmosphere just shows what a wonderful club we are. I loved it. It was really great."

He continued: "I expected us to play a good game, to be honest, and the boys did. 

"The goal was a bit strange maybe but if there was a team who deserved to win in that game, then it was us. 

"So that was really cool. Sensational job by all the boys and Critch, of course."

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Jürgen Klopp's Sadio Mane and James Milner fitness update

LiverpoolFC TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:15
Liverpool could welcome Sadio Mane and James Milner back into the fold for Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Norwich City.
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Jürgen Klopp's Sadio Mane and James Milner fitness update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 11:15

Liverpool could welcome Sadio Mane and James Milner back into the fold for Saturday’s Premier League encounter at Norwich City.

The duo returned to full training at Melwood this week after recovering from respective muscle injuries sustained in January and may come into contention at Carrow Road.

Indeed, Jürgen Klopp confirmed during his pre-match press conference only Xherdan Shaqiri, Nathaniel Clyne and Paul Glatzel are currently sidelined from his squad.

The manager said: “Of course they are in contention, it’s clear.

“When Millie and Sadio are back, you start thinking immediately. That’s how it is.

“It looks like – and I hope it stays like this – apart from Shaqiri, Clyne and Glatzel, all players are in training.

“We have some good options and hopefully it stays like this, that would be really great for the decisive part of the season now.

“It's good news. They both trained from Monday – and they both trained through the last week anyway – so they are in contention.”

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Liverpool’s senior players were afforded some time off to rest and recuperate ahead of reconvening at Melwood on Monday as part of the Premier League’s inaugural winter break period.

Explaining how he believes the recess will prove beneficial, Klopp said: “Of course, the impact, it’s a bit of a pity that we have to explain the necessity and how useful a week break is. It was not more than a week, some teams had less, but I think a week was the longest.

"Some teams used it for a warm-weather camp and stuff like this. We sent the players all over the world, we wanted them to really rest and then we had now a week [in training].

“Yes, I can see a difference in training, but it is not about seeing a difference in the Norwich game or whatever, it is about using this time.

“Rest is only one word, it’s recovery, it’s recharging, there are a lot of things starting with ‘re’ which happen in that week - and that’s why we wanted it, that’s why we fought for it, we made some decisions around it and now the boys are back.

“We train completely normal; you don’t lose a lot in a week, but you can gain a lot and that’s why it’s so important. As I said, this specific thing is not about the Norwich game, it’s about the rest of the season and we will see.”

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