Made the difference: Salah off the mark with sharp Anfield performance in Premier League opener

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By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00

The Premier League season is underway, and Jurgen Klopp’s squad welcomed newly promoted Norwich City to Anfield for the opening game of the season which saw the Reds earn all three points in a 4-1 win.

The Merseyside club’s first goal of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign would come in the form of an own goal, while Mohamed Salah would be the first Liverpool player off the mark.

Further goals from Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi would make it 4-0 for Klopp’s side before half time. Teemu Pukki would pull one back for Daniel Farke’s men, scoring past new back-up ‘keeper Adrián – who had replaced the injured Alisson.

It was an impressive performance from Liverpool with many players looking sharp, particularly Salah and Roberto Firmino – despite the two not having much of a rest this summer.

Whilst the Brazilian’s performance was one of high quality which won him the man of the match award from the official @LFC Twitter account, the Egyptian king was the real danger man who terrorised the visitors for much of the evening.

Salah was constantly running at the Norwich defence, trying to create chances for himself as well as his teammates. He would often find himself inside the Canaries box, but good defensive work from Farke’s side would often prevent him from taking a shot at goal.

However, City were not able to prevent the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner from scoring as a composed side-foot finish would get Salah off the mark in the 19th minute. His goal meaning he has now scored in the opening fixture three years running.

The Egyptian also managed an assist as his corner would meet the head of Virgil van Dijk, who powered past fellow Dutchman Tim Krul.

Throughout the game, Salah often dropped deeper to collect the ball and would then play a quick one-two to surpass the Norwich midfield or to get in behind their defence.

His clever thinking also nearly culminated for a fifth Liverpool goal in the second half. A cheeky back-heel from the No.11 would find the path of Trent Alexander-Arnold. The full-back then put a dangerous ball into the six-yard box but – unfortunately – the ball got stuck underneath Firmino’s foot before striking wide.

Salah has consistently produced great performances for Liverpool across the last two season’s and, if the game against Norwich is anything to go by, we can expect more of the same from the forward.

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