Mark Lawrenson: Why Liverpool can take positives from Norwich draw
The former Liverpool defender is optimistic Brendan Rodgers can revive Reds
Liverpool can take positives from a good performance in a disappointing 1-1 draw with Norwich City, according to Mark Lawrenson.
Danny Ings’s second-half opener was cancelled out by Canaries midfielder Russell Martin to deny Liverpool a much-needed victory.
I hate to use the term must-win but it will be no good if the performance is better than the result again in that game, because Liverpool have to take three points
The Reds drop to 13th place in the Premier League table following their stalemate despite Rodgers switching his tactics to 3-4-1-2.
Former Liverpool defender Lawrenson is encouraged by the Reds’s increased attacking threat against Norwich as a result of Rodgers’s tactical change.
“What Rodgers did against Norwich reminded me of when he switched to a 3-4-3 in December 2014,” Lawrenson told BBC Sport.
He lost the first game he tried that shape in, against United, but it sparked a brilliant run of results.
“Sunday was not the first time Rodgers has used a 3-4-1-2 with Liverpool in the Premier League but he has only done so on five occasions out of 120 league games in charge of the Reds, and had not tried it almost two years.
“Again, he did not get the result he wanted against the Canaries, but if they play the same way – with this personnel and formation – they are going to win a lot of games.
“That has to happen quickly, though. Failing to beat Norwich at Anfield means next week’s home game against Aston Villa becomes very important.
“I hate to use the term must-win but it will be no good if the performance is better than the result again in that game, because Liverpool have to take three points.
“If they want to make the top four, Liverpool should absolutely be winning both games – if they don’t beat Villa then the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park is next up and the pressure really will be on.”
Liverpool have collected just eight points from their six Premier League games this season following defeats by Manchester United and West Ham United.
Rodgers is facing a fresh wave of pressure amid reports Liverpool could appoint Jurgen Klopp as the Northern Irishman’s successor at Anfield.
The 43-year-old took over the reins at Liverpool in May 2012 after club legend Kenny Dalglish left the Merseyside outfit following a seventh-place finish.