Norwich took on Liverpool in their first game back in the Premier League but it was not to be the triumphant return that they had hoped for. Norwich started the game strongly, keeping Liverpool closed in and had decent spells of possession which frustrated the away side but when Trent Alexander-Arnold picked the ball up and drove down the right-wing before finding Mohamed Salah, who with a delicate touch, found Diogo Jota who calmly stroked the ball past Tim Krul. Slightly against the run of play but it was always a matter of when Liverpool would score.
The second half was identical to the first. Norwich started well but with the introduction of Roberto Firmino, Liverpool added a second, Max Arrons was slow to get back, slowly running back in this league will result in moments like this and if this continues Norwich are going to struggle, Salah picked out the free Firmino who had a simple finish and Liverpool were 2-0 up and did not have to work for it.
Liverpool continued to dominate the rest of the game and when a corner dropped to Mohamed Salah at the edge of the box, he curled it into the top corner and made it 3-0.
Norwich are a good team, it would be unfair to judge how they will do this season of their first two games, Liverpool and Man City, but they will need to fix the defence or they will continue to lose games by 3+ goals each game. They had moments of joy, Gibson was denied from point-blank range by Alisson, but overall, they struggled in attack and will need Pukki to come good with the goals.
Liverpool will slowly get back to the way we are used to seeing them play. VVD played for 90 minutes and was as calm as ever and was back to playing 40 yard passes that Gerrard himself would be proud of. Mane looked sharp and despite not scoring or grabbing an assist was causing the Norwich defence havoc. It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be in a title race but with a 3-0 win and a clean sheet, it was the perfect start.
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