Liverpool began the 2019/20 English premier league season in emphatic fashion with a comprehensive 4-1 win against newly-promoted Norwich City. However, the Reds opening match was marred by an injury to first-choice goalkeeper Alison Becker.Goals from Salah, Van Dijk, and an own goal from Grant Hanely handed Liverpool a comfortable lead in the first half before Alison Becker got injured while attempting to take a goal kick.Divock Origi extended the lead before half-time before Teemu Pukki got a goal back for Norwich in the second half.The European champions left 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Silver medallist, Sadio Mane on the bench as he just resumed at the club from his extended holiday earlier this week.
He came off the bench in the second-half to get a run out ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea.Jurgen Klopp went with an attacking trio of Mohammed Salah, Firmino, and Divock Origi. The rest of his selection was not surprising as Joe Gomez partnered Van Dijk in the heart of the defence.Norwich managed to keep most of the players that helped them secure the Championship last season.Teemu Pukki led the line with Marco Stiepermann in the number ten role as Daniel Farke aimed to upset the runners-up of last season’s Premier League. Tim Krul, who has a vast amount of experience in the English top-flight started in goal for the Canaries.Liverpool got their opener in the seventh minute after some lovely footwork from Divock Origi at the edge of the box created a goalscoring chance with a low cross.His ball aimed for the penalty spot where Salah and Firmino were lurking was deflected by Norwich defender, Hanley into his own net.The Reds extended their lead through the incredible Mo Salah before the half-hour mark following a defensive error from the Canaries.
They failed to clear a loose ball in the box on time and it fell to Brazil international Firmino who played Salah through on goal. The Egyptian controlled the ball calmly before passing the ball into the net past Tim Krul.Van Dijk extended the lead with a thumping header from a corner kick to secure the victory even before the end of the first half.The Canaries were outclassed and completely outplayed by the Reds but Allison Becker gave Jurgen Klopp something to worry about when he picked up a serious-looking injury that required substitution. Origi got his own goal from a header before half-time.The second-half had a delayed start after the communication device of one of the linesmen malfunctioned.
Norwich got one back through Teemu Pukki after he got on the end of a through pass in the box.He continued his prolific goal-scoring record of last season with a sublime finish that Adrian could not stop.Liverpool continued to press the newly-promoted side but could not press their advantage and add to their advantage.Norwich would be hoping that they do better in their next game when they welcome Newcastle to Carrow Road next weekend and Liverpool would take on Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.
Alisson (Goalkeeper), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Defender), Joe Gomez (Defender), Virgil van Dijk (Defender), Andrew Robertson (Defender), Jordan Henderson (Midfielder), Fabinho (Midfielder), Georginio Wijnaldum (Midfielder), Mohamed Salah (Forward), Roberto Firmino (Forward), Divock Origi (Forward).
Tim Krul (Goalkeeper), Max Aarons (Defender), Grant Hanley (Defender), Ben Godfrey (Defender), Jamal Lewis (Defender), Kenny McLean (Midfielder), Tom Trybull (Midfielder), Emiliano Buendia (Midfielder), Marco Stiepermann (Midfielder), Todd Cantwell (Midfielder), Teemu Pukki (Forward).