In the first game of the English Premiership, Liverpool dismantled Norwich City with 4-1 and started their campaign in the best possible way.
The English Premier League has started and judging by the way Liverpool played, it seems that the Reds have every right for high hopes. Jurgen Klopp’s boys won at Anfield tonight, resolving everything after just 45 minutes of play. The reigning European champions were decisive, precise, and above all determined in the first half, which resulted in their convincing victory.
The German coach stated after the match that his team controlled everything during the first hour, but also praised Norwich’s desire to continue fighting even though they were down four goals.
“We were really sharp, we ere there, we did what we wanted to do,” said Klopp. “It was difficult for them in the first 60 minutes, but I like what they did after that: staying that cheeky and lively, that’s impressive.”
Liverpool opened the game in the best possible manner for them. Hanley scored an own goal after trying to intercept the one cross from the left side. Instead of clearing the ball, the Canaries’ player sent it behind Tim Krul’s back. It was the 7th minute.
Mohamed Salah doubled the lead in the 19th minute, following Roberto Firmino’s pass inside the box. The Egyptian player didn’t have any problems to beat Krul and to use the momentum.
Nine minutes after that, Virgil Van Dijk added another goal, on Salah’s cross. The main favorite for Ballon d’Or sent a strong header which hit the back of the net.
Three minutes before the halftime, Divock Origi made it 4-0 and sealed the game for Liverpool.
Although many believe that the Canaries were inferior, it was quite the opposite, as they had two golden opportunities to net, but failed to use them.
The home team slowed down in the second half, while Norwich, on the other hand, stepped up a little bit. It is how they reached the only goal of the match. Teemu Pukki, who missed one of those two good chances in the first part of the event, finally broke the ice in the 64th minute. The Finish international added his name to the scoresheet and eased up this huge loss.
He told the journalists after the match, that the second sequence looked fine for his team, but that the difference between two clubs is enormous right now.
“It was a pretty good second half from us. We decided at half time it was maybe too much to get some points, so we just wanted to go and try and score.”
There were a few chances on both sides until the end of the regular 90 minutes. Still, the fans at Anfield Road didn’t see another goal.
All in all, this was a very interesting match to see but was also unlucky for the hosts who lost the starting goalkeeper. Alisson had to leave the pitch in the 36th minute after he slipped and hurt his calf according to sources.
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Klopp stated that he wouldn’t be involved in Liverpool’s game against Chelsea this Wednesday.
“With Alisson, it is not good, but we will find a solution and move on,” the German stated.
Just to remind you the Reds are facing Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul. After that, they are traveling to Southampton.
Norwich will play their first home fixture versus Newcastle. Both matches are scheduled for Saturday.