‘Unbelievable football team’: Frustrated Dean Smith left stunned by Liverpool as Reds reach FA Cup last eight

Norwich City boss Dean Smith admits that he’s frustrated that his side lost to Liverpool for the second time in two weeks although he recognized the Reds ‘unbelievable’ quality.

The Reds barely got out of second gear and yet the Reds are strolling into the FA Cup last eight while the Canaries are on their way out of the cup.

Jurgen Klopp made a host of changes to the side that beat Chelsea on penalties in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday but the likes of Takumi Minamino and Ibrahima Konate didn’t struggle to beat Smith’s men.

Joe Gomez

“It’s frustrating,” said Smith. “We knew it would be a tough task as Liverpool are rarely beaten here.

“We gave a real soft goal away for the first, although the second goal was a good strike and there wasn’t an awful lot we could have done about that.

“But we had a big chance with Teemu (Pukki) in the first half and Sarge (Josh Sargent) has had two, we scored and then Rowe had a great effort saved at 2-1 by Alisson. It was a hell of a save.

“We have had four or five really good chances against an unbelievable football team in Liverpool and it’s rare you can say that.”

Liverpool tidied up a bit in midfield after conceding a poor goal to Lukas Rupp but they never looked in real danger of letting the away side score a second.

Lukas Rupp

The Reds are now in preparation for their next Premier League game as they get set to host West Ham United at Anfield in a unique test of their Premier League credentials.

David Moyes’ side is one of just two to have beaten Klopp’s in the Premier League this term and the German will be looking for revenge.

The Merseysiders are in strong form while the Londoners are a mixed bag currently which makes them extra dangerous.

Hopefully, the Liverpool attack will simply prove to be too much for West Ham and the Reds can emerge from Saturday’s game with a win without too much fuss.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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