Liverpool’s first half blitz sees the Reds score 4 goals, grab all 3 points, but leave in worry over Alisson injury.
The Premier League is back for opening night in the most appropriate way, under the lights at Anfield. The league was welcomed back by a raucous Anfield crowd waving new banners, holding up scarves and belting out such clear renditions of their many songs you could make out every word from your television.
In a first half that was primarily end to end, barring a couple few stints of possession, Liverpool found the more clinical of the passes, opening the floodgates at Anfield.
After 7 minutes, Norwich central defender Grant Haley mis-hit a clearance from a Divock Origi cross into the back of his own net for the first goal of the Premier League season.
Norwich began to get some sights of goal on the break. Pukki had his shot blocked and Liverpool had to scramble to clear the ball. Then Pukki fires across the Liverpool goal to no avail.
In the 19th minute, persistent play down the right hand side finally paid off as Firmino found Salah, who bagged his first of many with a calm finish past Krul.
Norwich sprung into action in the Liverpool third firing many off target and testing Alisson few times, but failed to find the back of the net.
Liverpool got on the front foot behind rising noise levels at Anfield. In the 28th minute, Liverpool won a corner and Mo Salah elected to take it, where he found Virgil Van Dijk who headed the cross right past Krul to extend the lead to 3-0.
Shortly after, perhaps the biggest storyline of the first half, Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker injures his right knee while taking a goal kick. Reluctant to be carried off on a stretcher, Alisson rose to his feet and limped off to a standing ovation from the Anfield faithful, as Adrian came out to make his full debut from the bench.
Following much worry and silence around Anfield, Liverpool found a way to take everyone’s focus away from the injury. In the 42nd minute, Divock Origi headed a pearl of a cross from Trent Alexander Arnold past Krul to extend the lead to 4-0. Halftime.
The second half was much more lackluster than the first, as Liverpool did most of their work in the opening half of the game. Liverpool kept the press high and found many opportunities, though.
Jordan Henderson has a shot turned onto the bar by Krul. Then Roberto Firmino shockingly failed to finish an Alexander-Arnold cross from close range after a back heel from Salah. But, the Reds remained relentless.
Shortly after, Salah had a chance graze past the goal after impressively winning the ball back via the high press with Trent and Fabinho.
Norwich were able to find space on the counter all night, but in the 64th minute they were finally able to capitalize as Pukki struck one across the goal of Adrian for Norwich’s and Pukki’s first goal of the campaign.
Liverpool’s attack intensified once more when Origi was subbed off for Sadio Mane, who quickly found involvement in and around the Norwich box.
Things calmed down for the final 15 minutes, as Norwich took a front seat to the game chance-wise, but the Reds backline held firm.
Overall, a great opening day performance for the Reds, grabbing all 3 points while passing and finishing well. But, regardless of the performance, every fan will be mindful of the potential injury facing Alisson, a key component to the defense and team. Next up: a dance with Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup.