Date: 8th August 2019 at 2:32pm
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Daniel Farke says that his side’s lack of Premier League experience could be a good thing as the Canaries prepare to take on the Champions of Europe at Anfield on Friday night.

Talking to the assembled media at Colney on Thursday lunchtime, Farke spoke about a number of different topics but first and foremost he spoke about the opening game against Liverpool.

The Reds finished second in the Premier League last season, just one point behind Champions Manchester City and naturally, Farke accepts that his men will be underdogs and not only in this game with plenty of pundits already writing off City’s chances before a ball has even been kicked.

We have to face much better individual quality but we just have to make sure we are prepared in the best way” he said.

“Against Liverpool, many topics have to come together.”

We will go into each and every game to win. We don’t want to save ourselves from a defeat. If we win or lose, we want to be there with the best goal difference we can get. We will fight in each and every minute. I will always protect my players, as long as they give everything. 

We have to climb Mount Everest again. One thing is for sure, we will stick together.”

In terms of team news, Farke explained that he only has two fit centre-backs at the moment, with both Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose unable to play at Liverpool, although Klose will re-join the group again next week.

We have a few problems in the defence. I have just two centre-backs available. Zimmermann and Klose are not available for tomorrow. Alex Tettey hasn’t played in pre-season so is unavailable and also Ibrahim Amadou.”

That means that the central defence will consist of Grant Hanley and Ben Godfrey with Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis looking nailed on as the full-backs in what I expect to be the coach’s usual 4-2-3-1. The rest of the team selection is up for debate, although my own feeling is that it won’t be too different from the team that won the Sky Bet Championship.

You can read my thoughts on that, with Hanley in for Klose now, here.

In other news, Farke again explained that there will be no more incomings in terms of transfers, which does of course mean that Jordan Rhodes will not be joining up with City again.

No – no more incomings. I don’t expect anything else.”
We had to react a bit. We have some injuries. Few defenders out, Alex Tettey out. We wanted someone versatile in. Ibrahim is great fit, he is young and greedy. He’s proved he can play at the top level.”
We loved Jordan Rhodes. He was crucial for our success. He’s a Sheffield Wednesday player and I won’t speak about him too much.”
As a head coach, you always want to sign a striker for £40 million. But I’m happy with the business we’ve done.”
I feel a bit sorry for poor old Jordan, who clearly wanted to come back to City on a permanent basis. Looks like he’s going to have to stick it out in Sheffield though.

That also means that City supposed attempt to sign Alexis Claude-Maurice, for what would’ve been a club record 16.5m euro fee, will (has/was/never was) come to nothing.

I don’t know about you but I am absolutely stoked at the return of the football season and seeing the Canaries back in the Premier League is terrific. Enjoy the ride and don’t allow yourself to get too high or too low, that way your blood pressure should remain (fairly) stable.

OTBC

 
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