'Not to bury them alive' - Daniel Farke defends Norwich players before Liverpool League Cup tie

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke has defended his players ahead of Tuesday’s League Cup clash with Liverpool, saying it is important “not to bury them alive.”

The Canaries have endured a rotten spell since returning to the Premier League, with their defeat to Watford on Saturday making it five losses in succession to start the 2021-22 season.

It’s a similar tale to their previous time in the top flight, as their 10 defeats to end the 2019-20 season means it is 15 Premier League losses in a row under Farke, which is the longest losing sequence by any side in English top-flight history for a single coach.

Norwich’s best result of the season came in the League Cup though, when they hammered Bournemouth 6-0. And despite the Premier League woes being endured by the Canaries, Farke has said he’s trying to stay positive ahead of the visit of Liverpool.

“We’re not overly happy with it but it also doesn’t mean that we are relegated – so you always want to stay balanced, be self-critical and to be honest and we analyse this and we definitely have to focus, especially our defending of our own goal because we’ve conceded too many goals so far.

“It’s also important that at this moment I don’t punish my players too much, and I’m backing them, and then also to be critical and speak about what we have to improve.

“I think it’s important to be always honest but also not to bury them alive and it’s important to stay positive.”

Norwich were handed a tricky start to the season, with Liverpool, Manchester City, Leicester City and Arsenal their first four fixtures.

The Reds were able to win 3-0 at Carrow Road on the opening day of the season, as they saw off a bright start from Farke’s team. Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah were on target.

It’s not anticipated any of those players will be involved on Tuesday though, with manager Jurgen Klopp set to make his customary widespread rotation in this competition.

Even with a number of key players set to be left out, Farke has said he’s expecting a difficult night for his team again.

“Today we are already in a much better mood and also ready to go, it is a different competition and we also know that we are a cup team and we want to go to the next round against the big favourite in Liverpool.

“We know it’s a big, big ask but nevertheless, it’s a do-or-die game and we want to be there with a good result.”

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