Liverpool star urges City not to give up hope in relegation fight

PUBLISHED: 09:50 15 February 2020 | UPDATED: 09:57 15 February 2020

Andy Robertson felt Norwich City were blown away in the first half of the Premier League meeting at Liverpool 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Andy Robertson felt Norwich City were blown away in the first half of the Premier League meeting at Liverpool Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Liverpool and Scotland ace Andy Robertson heads to Carrow Road on title business but has seen enough from Norwich City to know they can pull off a Premier League escape.

Robertson was impressed by the new boys back on the opening night, despite a 4-1 win for the Reds, and the Scotland captain is no stranger to a survival fight after scrapping at the wrong end with previous club Hull City.

"When the big teams come, it's not a free hit but you can go out and fight, be aggressive, win the ball back and cause them problems," he said.

"We managed to do that at Hull a couple of times, against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. We showed that.

"Norwich are a really good footballing team but they're also fighting for their lives - and I think we'll see that. When they're getting beat they don't get beat by much, it's fine margins in this league and unfortunately they've just fallen the other side of the margin.

"That's maybe why they're in the position they're in. But they can get results in this league, they have proven that.

"So we need to be at 100pc. If we're anything below that we'll be in for a tough afternoon and Norwich will get something. It's up to us to put that right before a ball is kicked.

"In the first half I think we blew them away a wee bit but in the second half they were excellent.

"They got their goal, they then had a couple of other chances that we were disappointed in but they would take confidence from.

Adam Lallana's stoppage time goal in Liverpool's 5-4 win at Norwich City in 2016 sparked wild scenes of celebration around Jurgen Klopp 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images LtdAdam Lallana's stoppage time goal in Liverpool's 5-4 win at Norwich City in 2016 sparked wild scenes of celebration around Jurgen Klopp Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

"Of course they're at the wrong end of the table from where they want to be but in terms of quality they've got it all there. They have had big results against Tottenham, against Manchester City. Against the big teams they produce and Carrow Road is never an easy place to go to."

The Scotland captain can actually recall Liverpool's last epic visit to Norfolk, when Adam Lallana sealed an improbable victory in a 5-4 stoppage time win that sparked bedlam on the touchline around Jurgen Klopp.

"I remember Adz scoring the winner and running over to the manager, taking his shirt off," Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com. "And the glasses were broken.

"I would prefer a less eventful game than that, but of course if that's what needs to happen, that's what needs to happen! That was a fantastic game and it also shows what Norwich can do.

"Scoring four goals against one of the big teams doesn't happen often; they managed it then and maybe their principles haven't changed. The stadium and the fans certainly haven't.

"So, we know how tough it's going to be. It's up to us to bring our 'A' game and hopefully get the result we need."

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