Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side kicked off their 2019/20 Premier League campaign in convincing style as the Reds romped to a 4-1 victory over newly-promoted outfit Norwich City at Anfield.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Origi, Salah, Firmino.
Substitutes: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Mane, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Shaqiri, Matip.
Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis, Trybull, McLean, Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell, Pukki.
Substitutes: Fahrmann, Byram, Roberts, Vrancic, Leitner, Hernandez, Drmic.
The hosts got off to a ‘perfect’ start at Anfield as Divock Origi turned provider as Norwich City’s Grant Hanley place the ball into his own net in the seventh minute. Liverpool continued to assert their dominance from an attacking perspective.
On 19 minutes, Mo Salah was on hand to double Liverpool’s advantage as the Egyptian latched on to a great ball from Roberto Firmino as he fired the ball into the bottom corner.
As the hosts continued to dominate possession and comfortably knock the ball around the pitch, it was only a matter of time before the Reds added to their tally as Dutch centre-back Virgil Van Dijk was on hand to head home Mo Salah’s pinpoint cross to send Liverpool 3-0 ahead after just 29 minutes.
Just four minutes before the break, Trent Alexander-Arnold lofted in a delightfully chipped through-ball to pick out Divock Origi, who slotted the ball home with ease. Liverpool were running riot throughout the entirety of the first-half, and we were faced with the prospect of a goal-fest.
With the hosts heading into half-time with a comfortable 4-0 advantage, the Reds showed no signs of relenting throughout the first 45 minutes. In the opening phases, Brazilian shot-stopper Alisson Becker was forced to depart the field through what deemed to be a calf strain. Adrian, who joined the club from West Ham entered the pitch to make his Liverpool debut.
As the second-half got under way, Liverpool picked up where they left off. Just three minutes into the second 45 minutes, Jordan Henderson’s effort stung the palms of Tim Krul as the Dutchman parried the shot onto the crossbar. Following the rebound, Alexander-Arnold presented Roberto Firmino with a ‘golden opportunity’, but the Brazilian couldn’t find his feet as the fired his ‘tame’ effort just wide.
Next it was Mo Salah who came close as the Egyptian cut in from the left, and curl his effort towards goal, but his attempt just drifted to the left of Tim Krul’s goal. on 63 minutes, Norwich managed to salvage what proved to be a ‘consolation’ goal as Pukki broke the offside trap as the Finn fired the ball past Adrian, much to the delight of the travelling Canaries.
With five minutes to spare, Trent Alexander-Arnold almost made it 5-0 as the youngster’s ferocious free-kick was well saved by Tim Krul in the Norwich goal.
So, Liverpool open up their 2019/20 campaign in convincing style, and it was an assured performance from Jurgen Klopp’s side. And former-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was ‘impressed’ with the performance, but conceded that Jurgen Klopp’s side could’ve been more clinical.
“Liverpool haven’t looked solid throughout pre-season, said carragher.
“They’ve been all over the place defensively, and it might seem a strange thing to say on the back of of Liverpool winning 4-1, but against a better side than Norwich, more clinical, Liverpool could have lost this game.”