Why a win over Norwich is vital for Brendan Rodgers’s survival at Anfield

Norwich visit Anfield on Sunday for their first meeting with Liverpool in 17 months. At Carrow Road, early in the afternoon of Easter Sunday in 2014, the travelling Red hoards were bouncing to the sound of “Poetry in Motion” and relentless chants of “We’re gonna win the league” as Liverpool held on for a vital 3-2 win.

The game made famous by Steven Gerrard’s infamous pep talk in the team huddle after the barnstorming 3-2 win against Manchester City – “This does not slip. We go to Norwich. Exactly the same. We go again” – marked perhaps the last time in that memorable title assault that the Reds played with the attacking aggression and intensity that was their hallmark.

It is all very different for Brendan Rodgers now. The goalscorers that day – Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling – have moved on for big money. In fact, none of the other scorers of the 18 goals that Liverpool have plundered against Norwich in four matches under Brendan Rodgers – Nuri Sahin, Jordan Henderson, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard – will play in Sunday’s game.

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