RATINGS | Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City: Defence and attack polar opposites in Premier League opener

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By Mick Moran – @m1cklfc

Well that was alright, wasn’t it?

Liverpool blew away Norwich in a 4-1 win at Anfield. During the opening sequences the Reds were lucky due to a few dodgy passages of play which could have easily came back to bite us on the arse.

A 4-0 lead at half time and we were sailing. In the second half Norwich got a consolation but the game was already won and Liverpool coasted to a 4-1 victory in a great opening day for the Reds.

Here’s how the players got on:

Starting XI

Alisson: 6

A shaky start by Alisson when he played a bad ball out and nearly gifted Norwich a goal. He was called into proper action after 22 mins when Pukki was marginally offside but he dealt with it regardless brilliantly with a great save.

Another great save on 25 minutes saw him parry a great Stiepermann shot. After 38 minutes the Brazilian had to go off injured. Let’s hope it’s not serious and he isn’t out long.

Trent: 6.5

Norwich seemed to target Trent again during the first 10 minutes as their first two chances came down that side and one of these could have easily ended up in a goal.

He then produced the attacking intent that we love seeing – a great sweeping ball to Origi which he swept away to make it 4-0. Boss. Another great moment was provided by the Scouser with a boss free-kick towards the end of the game, but it was saved well by the impressive Krul.

Gomez: 7

Kept it simple and was solid throughout as usual. Great sliding back during the last minute to deny Norwich a second goal.

Virg: 7

Bagged the third goal for the Reds and opened his account in typical fashion. A corner whipped in by Salah and Virg’s head smashing it into the net. He’s too big and sexy to be marked properly. Get in, Virg.

Robbo: 6

Typical Robbo performance although he wasn’t as involved as he would have liked. A willing runner down the left and always tried to provide quality and solidity.

Hendo: 7

Had a great chance to make it 5-0 but for a great save from Tim Krul denied him. Always a willing runner and tried to get on the ball and drive us forward whilst tirelessly blocking their space – as we expect of him.

Fab: 7

Kept us ticking over and won the ball back in crucial areas with those long telescopic legs. Kept us solid in the middle of the park.

Wijnaldum: 6.5

Tried to make things happen and ensured our left side was secure whilst Robbo bombed forward. He’s had better games, but he’s had worse.

Salah: 7.5

Salah opened up his 2019/20 scoring account with Liverpool’s second. Great play by Firmino with a deft touch before Mo finished it expertly as you expect. He follows this up with a great assist from a corner for Virg’s goal from a corner. Salah came within an inch of making it 5-0 after a delicious curling shot, very unlucky. Great performance by the Egyptian King.

Firmino: 7

Great assist for our second of the game with a delicious touch for Salah’s goal. The 30-minute mark hits and Firmino had an absolute piledriver of a volley after a great touch on his chest, which was saved by Krul. Should have made it five after great play by Trent, but he unfortunately got the ball stuck under his feet! He went off at the end for Milner.

Origi: 7.5

Provided the first goal for the Reds with great directness. A nice run down the left and a quick ball into the box and Grant Hanley could do nothing but put it into his own net. Cheers, Grant.

Continued to run havoc down the left during first half. 41 minutes and the duo involved in that infamous Barcelona fourth and crucial goal combined to make it 4-0. A boss ball from Trent into a dangerous area was met by Origi and he finished it off with a great header. Came off for Mané on 74 minutes.

Subs:

Adrián: 6.5/10

Was called into action just before half-time and much earlier than I think he’d have ever anticipated due to Alisson‘ injury. He didn’t have much to do apart from having to pick the ball from out the back of the net after Pukki’s goal. Kept it nice and tidy with his feet and marshalled the defence well. A solid debut.

Mané: 7/10

Sadio came on and had 15 minutes to make an impact and instantly kick-started us back into life after Norwich’s goal. Electric pace down the left and looked like he hadn’t even needed a break. Typical Manè. Can’t wait to see how many he scores this season.

Milner: N/A

Not enough time for the machine to make an impact.

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