Liverpool were treated to a nine-goal thriller over the weekend following a win at Norwich that left them at the seventh position on the Premier League table with 34 points. Dieumerci Mbokani had equalized Roberto Firmino’s opener with an excellent back-hell before Steven Naismith put Norwich 2-1 up at half time.
Wes Hoolahan converted a penalty after Alberto Moreno fouled Naismith, before Jordan Henderson and then Firmino scored to level matters. James Milner scored after Russell Martin’s terrible back-pass to put the Jürgen Klopp’s men in front again, but Sebastien Bassong thought he earned a point for Norwich with a stoppage-time strike, only for Lallana’s winner.
Speaking about the excellent match at Norwich, Jürgen Klopp told BT Sport: “Unbelievable game. We should always think it is possible, although it was not easy today.”
“We had a lot of problems at the start. There was a bit of searching for confidence but then we played a bit of football and saw what is possible. Set plays, set plays, set plays, and the game changed, the opponent got a bit more confident.”
Takin note of the small their small mistakes, Klopp added: “I think we were the deserved winner in a spectacular game.”
“I think it is a new record but we have to solve our problems because this will not always be possible. Of course we were lucky, but we were not too lucky when they equalized in overtime.
“It is very emotional. We are in the middle of the chaos and react, sometimes we know what we are doing, sometimes we don’t.”
Norwich boss Alex Neil was extremely disappointed with his men after the slender defeat in the hand of Liverpool.
Norwich boss Alex Neil was disappointed after watching his side give away a 3-1 lead. He said: “We were good value for 3-1. I thought we were the better side.”
“They scored really quickly after we got our third goal, through poor defending from us. I don’t really know what to say. Defensively they made extremely poor decisions, cost ourselves three points, because we had it comfortably.
“We failed to make correct decisions at vital times in the game and it cost us goals. People’s lasting memory of this game will be what happened in the last 25 minutes of this game.
“Up until then everything was going well for us, but then we transpired to really be the makers of our own downfall, through poor decision making, not looking after the ball, looking nervous and edgy at the back and basically not defending our box well enough.
“I didn’t really celebrate the fourth goal, because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I’m extremely angry. And so should they be. Angry with themselves, frustrated.”
Naismith’s performance was a bright point, but Neil could only think of the manner of the defeat.
He added: “He was good, but it’s so frustrating, because I’m pretty sure the forward play that we had, the boys will be thinking we deserved something from the game.
“But when you defend the way we did as a team it isn’t really going to matter.”