David Freezer: It’s time for Canaries fans to dream the impossible dream
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If you don’t believe a shock result is possible against a brilliant Liverpool at Carrow Road tonight, then why bother turning up?
Unscripted drama is what creates such passionate support for football, that weaves love for a club into the heart of so many peoples' lives.
Yes, there's every chance Norwich City could get a thumping at the hands of the champions-in-waiting, and yes, it's quite likely the Canaries will be back in the Championship next season, but if the unexpected didn't happen then sport would be very boring indeed.
That was illustrated perfectly at Carrow Road just five months ago when reigning champions Manchester City were left reeling by a 3-2 defeat to Daniel Farke's injury ravaged team - a result which quite possibly played a key role in sparking Liverpool's belief that they could steal the Premier League crown.
Those full-time celebrations in September have gone down in Carrow Road folklore, after an epic effort which left Pep Guardiola's superstars crestfallen and the home faithful bursting with pride, with even some of the quieter sections of the stadium rocking amid triumphant punches of the air.
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Look back on the match statistics though. The visitors had 69 percent of possession, 25 shots and eight of them were on target, compared to seven shots and three on target for Farke's heroes, with Tim Krul like a man possessed in the closing stages with his outfield team-mates desperately clinging on but running on empty.
It was a brilliantly determined display and will rightfully be remembered for many years but such shock upsets are usually secured by catching one of the big boys on a bad day, by riding your luck and by pouncing on the few opportunities you can force - with Emi Buendia taking advantage of Nicolas Otamendi's dozy defending for the third goal the prime example.
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Yet there seem to be plenty of City fans who are keen to write off this season, seemingly so desperate to be right that they are determined to proclaim that the Canaries are already relegated, just so they can say 'told you so' if that probable day does arrive. Why?
What's the point in following a team if you're going to spend your time on social media being almost boastful about the fact you've predicted relegation, it hardly took a rocket scientist to work out that this team were in trouble once three of their central defenders were struck down with long-term injuries in August, did it?
Nobody expected an injury-hit and recently promoted Norwich to beat Manchester City.
No one expected Leicester to win seven of their last nine to survive in the top flight in 2015, let alone go on to win the title the next year.
Nobody expected Lincoln City to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals as a non-league team in 2017.
And no one could have predicted that Liverpool would lift the Champions League trophy in Istanbul in 2005 when they were 3-0 down to AC Milan at half-time. You get the point.
It's fair to say that few inside Carrow Road believed it was possible on September 14 of last year either, with a nervy atmosphere totally transformed in the 18th minute when Kenny McLean rose at the near post to head in Buendia's corner and spark the occasion into life.
Tonight is a free swing, a game to be enjoyed with little pressure. City will give their all in pursuit of a famous win but if things take a turn for the worse, at least we can marvel at the skill and speed of some of the best players on the planet - literally, seven of them were nominated for the Ballon D'or.
I've felt that City fans - certainly those who actually attend the games at least - have really stood by their team this season, spurred on by the likeable characters and talented technicians working hard to pull off survival against the odds.
That was never as apparent as during that humbling of Manchester City and it's clear that kind of volume and dedication is needed again if we're all to enjoy another epic night for the history books.