Norwich boss David Wagner rules out two key players for Liverpool’s clash

Norwich City will miss the services of two key players ahead of Liverpool clash on Sunday.

Norwich City manager David Wagner has provided the latest injury update ahead of their FA Cup fourth-round tie against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

The Canaries head into the game on a poor run of seven consecutive defeats against the home side and will be looking to end this poor record against the Reds.

Norwich face a formidable challenge in overcoming Liverpool, especially considering they will be without two key players.

Josh Sargent is currently unavailable as part of his recovery plan, while Jonathan Rowe sustained an injury in the recent fixture against Leeds United midweek.

The absence of these influential players will undoubtedly impact Norwich’s lineup and performance.

Speaking on squad fitness in Friday’s press conference, David Wagner said: “Everything has gone perfect for Josh so far, especially from the medical department.

“Everyone wants to be involved in the game against Liverpool, Jonny included, but it’s part of football.

“After Leeds, Jonny Rowe has broken a bone in his hand so he will miss Sunday’s game, maybe Coventry as well. He does not need surgery.

“He doesn’t know how he did it, just that it happened in the second half of the Leeds game.

“Let’s hope they recover quick and support and push in the next Championship games.”

Wagner shares a close friendship with Jurgen Klopp, with a relationship spanning over 25 years.

Their connection goes back to their days as teammates at Mainz, where they formed a strong bond. In a testament to their enduring friendship, Wagner even served as the best man at Klopp’s wedding.

However, in more recent times, the two have found themselves in opposing roles within the technical area, as they now manage different teams.

Asked about Klopp’s decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, the 52-year-old said: “I wasn’t surprised when he told me; I was happy for him.

“I know how hard and how difficult for him this decision was and it shows a lot of personality, character and bravery to make this decision.

“But only he knows what is best for him and altogether we know how exhausting and how challenging the business can be.

“No one has more understanding for this decision as I do. If he knows it’s best for him then I am happy for him.

“Our friendship developed to something more than friendship, he is like a family member.

“He will always help you out if there is something where you can lean on his shoulder, all the stuff you need in good times or less times, this is the relationship that we have.

“Luckily we can see each other one more time.

“For me, he is the best manager in the world.”

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