Liverpool v Norwich City (2019-20)
Premier League new logoLiverpool v Norwich
EventPremier League 2019-20
DateFriday 9 August 2019
VenueAnfield, Liverpool
Man of the MatchDivock Origi
RefereeMichael Oliver
Weather20 °C (68 °F)
Liverpool - Man City
Norwich City - Toulouse
Liverpool - Chelsea
Norwich City - Newcastle United

Liverpool v Norwich City was a match which took place at Anfield on Friday 9 August 2019.

Liverpool scored four first-half goals as they started the new Premier League season with a blistering performance to demolish newly-promoted Norwich City at Anfield.

Norwich captain Grant Hanley scored the opening goal of the top-flight season when he sliced Divock Origi's cross into his own net before Mohamed Salah opened his account after a pass by Roberto Firmino.

German midfielder Marco Stipermann forced a fine save by Reds keeper Alisson before an unmarked Virgil van Dijk headed the third from Salah's corner, Origi nodding the fourth after a stunning pass by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Teemu Pukki's composed finish reduced the deficit after Liverpool lost Alisson to injury, the Brazil keeper replaced by new signing Adrian after slipping while taking a first-half goal-kick.

There was a carnival atmosphere at Anfield for Liverpool's first home game since beating Tottenham in the Champions League final on 1 June and Jurgen Klopp's side responded with a superb display.

They might have won by a more handsome margin as Tim Krul palmed Origi's attempt onto the bar after making a brilliant save to keep out Firmino's ferocious volley. Krul also did well to keep out Alexander-Arnold's late free-kick.

Any fears Liverpool might be suffering a hangover after missing out to Manchester City by one point in the race for last season's title were quickly dispelled as the Reds started their quest to win a first top-flight title in 30 years in style.

Supporters were looking for evidence Klopp's team can go one step better than last season and, while bigger tests lie ahead, a thumping win against a team fresh out of the Championship is a decent start.

After a quiet summer in the transfer market, it was the same familiar faces on show including nine players who started the win over Spurs in Madrid in June.

Origi, who came off the bench to score in the Champions League final win, helped his side take the lead with a cross which ended in the back of the net after Hanley's misfortune.

Salah doubled the lead with a trademark low angled finish after Firmino's assist before Salah turned provider with the corner for Van Dijk to make it 3-0.

Liverpool were coasting and even after losing Alisson to injury they increased their advantage after Alexander-Arnold's sublime pass allowed Origi to head the fourth goal.

On a night of positives for the home side, Joe Gomez came through his first league game of 2019 after recovering from a fractured leg.

Klopp said he was worried about the injury suffered by Alisson, who was a key figure in Liverpool's eye-catching 2018-19 season.

After slipping in front of the Kop, the Brazilian received treatment on the pitch before a stretcher was brought on.

Alisson eventually managed to get back to his feet and leave the field with help from a physio, but any prolonged absence would be a blow for Liverpool.

"With Alisson it is not good, but we will find a solution and move on," Klopp told BBC Sport's Match of the Day.

"He felt his calf. He looked behind him because he thought something hit him."

The German added that the Brazilian would not feature in Wednesday's Uefa Super Cup match against Chelsea.

Former West Ham keeper Adrian, brought in to replace the departed Simon Mignolet earlier in the week, made one fine save from Moritz Leitner before being beaten by Pukki.

This was Norwich's first Premier League game since losing 3-0 at Liverpool's neighbours Everton in May 2016, having already been relegated. They fared no better on their return to Merseyside.

In truth, next week's home game with Newcastle will provide a better gauge of how the Canaries will fare this season.

Despite the scoreline, Norwich caused Liverpool's defence problems and Pukki's lovely finish after Emiliano Buendia's pass at least provoked some gallows humour from Norwich's travelling fans.

"One-nil in the second half," was the defiant song that rang out.

Norwich have been busy in the transfer market and although none of their new recruits started at Anfield, expect that to change when they return to Carrow Road next week.



9 August 2019
20:00 GMT
Liverpool Liverpool FC 4–1 Norwich City FC Norwich City Anfield, Liverpool
Attendance: 53,333
Referee: Michael Oliver
Hanley Soccerball 7' (og)
Salah Soccerball 19'
van Dijk Soccerball 28'
Origi Soccerball 42'
Pukki Soccerball 64'
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Norwich City
01AlissonSub off 39'
66Trent Alexander-Arnold
12Joe Gomez
04Virgil van Dijk
26Andrew Robertson
14Jordan Henderson
05Georginio Wijnaldum
11Mohamed Salah
09Roberto FirminoSub off 86'
27Divock OrigiSub off 74'
07James MilnerSub on 86'
08Naby Keïta
10Sadio ManéSub on 74'
13AdriánSub on 39'
15Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
23Xherdan Shaqiri
32Joël Matip
Germany Jürgen Klopp
Liverpool v Norwich City 2019-20
01Tim Krul
02Max Aarons
05Grant Hanley
04Ben Godfrey
12Jamal Lewis
23Kenny McLean
19Tom TrybullSub off 70'
17Emi BuendíaYellow card
18Marco StiepermannSub off 58'
14Todd Cantwell
22Teemu PukkiSub off 83'
03Sam Byram
07Patrick Roberts
08Mario Vrančić
10Moritz LeitnerSub on 58'Yellow card
11Onel HernándezSub on 70'
20Josip DrmićSub on 83'
21Ralf Fährmann
Germany Daniel Farke

Man of the Match:
Divock Origi

Assistant referees:
Stuart Burt
Simon Bennett
Fourth official:
Graham Scott

Match rules

  • 90 minutes, no extra time or penalties.
  • Three points awarded to winner, none to loser.
  • One point awarded to each in the event of a draw.
  • Seven named substitutes
  • Maximum of three substitutions

Match Stats

Overall Liverpool Norwich City
Goals scored 41
Total shots 1512
Shots on target 75
Ball possession 58%42%
Corner kicks 112
Fouls committed 99

See also

External links

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