Hoddle reflects on Liverpool win over Norwich City

Both sides played out a ridiculous nine-goal thriller back in January.

Speaking to The Daily Mail, Glenn Hoddle has chosen their 5-4 win at Norwich City as the result that perfectly sums up Liverpool under manager Jurgen Klopp.

Adam Lallana grabbed a 95th-minute winner at Carrow Road back in January as the Reds, who were 3-1 down at one stage, snatched all three points in what was an epic and thrilling contest which is perhaps the game of the season.

Since then, Norwich, who had levelled up at four goals apiece through Sebastian Bassong on 92 minutes, were relegated in midweek following Sunderland's 3-0 win over Everton, whereas Liverpool, eighth in the table, have a Europa League final on Wednesday.

It was a game that highlighted the extent of Liverpool's free-scoring prowess on their day, but also their glaring back-four deficiencies, and Hoddle says it perfectly summed up Klopp's side, with the German taking the reins from Brendan Rodgers in October.

"Some of the best performances I’ve seen this season have come from Liverpool — I’m thinking of the 4-1 win at Manchester City in November," he told The Mail.

"And some of the most forgettable as well, such as the 2-0 defeat at West Ham at the turn of the year.

"Perhaps the 5-4 win at Norwich summed them up; infuriating, slack at the back, exhilarating, intensive and always compelling."


Defensive struggles is something Klopp will address during the summer. Optimism is as high at Anfield as it has been for many years, with some expecting a title challenge next term, but that can be impossible without a resolute defence.


Liverpool can score goals, but they cannot out-score every team en route to the title so the German - whose defence has already improved since the trip to Carrow Road, to be fair - will provoke further improvement.

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