Brendan Rodgers remains “reasonably calm” that Liverpool will improve and is looking forward to seeing the “exciting dynamic” between Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke.
Liverpool go into Sunday’s clash with Norwich on the back of two consecutive defeats in the Premier League and though the manager was ‘very encouraged’ by the performance given by a much-changed side that drew 1-1 at Bordeaux in the Europa League, pressure remains intense for the Reds to arrest a run of league form that has seen them score one goal in three games.
Rodgers insists he won’t be changing his principles in the search for goals.
“We know it can be better, and the players are aware of that,” Rodgers said at his press conference on Friday. “I’m reasonably calm that our progress will come.”
“It’s about staying calm, reinforcing how we get into positions for goals. We will get there. It only takes that one performance to spin the season round again.”
Recent results and performances, notably in last week’s defeat at Manchester United, have seen Rodgers come under intense scrutiny. The manager says he is not feeling any added pressure.
“It’s the nature of management. I always focus on what I can control. The players coming back will help performances,” he said.
In the wake of the draw in France on Thursday, Liverpool could be further boosted by the possible availability of Sturridge and Jordan Henderson.
Sturridge has not played since April due to a hip injury, while Henderson has been in the United States this week seeking treatment on a heel problem. Both will be assessed before the visit of the Canaries and Rodgers can’t wait to get Sturridge back in the team and pair him with Benteke.
On Sturridge, Rodgers said “On his game he’s one of the best there is. He can stretch teams, and has wonderful variety in his finishing.
“It’s an exciting dynamic to have Benteke and Sturridge,” added Rodgers. “We’ve been waiting on that.”