LIVERPOOL (Reuters) – European champions Liverpool made a solid start to the Premier League season by scoring three times in a half-hour opener, while Norwich City taught a tough lesson with a 4-1 win at Anfield on Friday.
Jurgen Klopp, last summer’s Manchester City runners-up, marginalized Germany’s Daniel Varkey with his striking attacking power, leading 3-0 in 28 minutes.
The unfortunate Grant Hanley scored in the door before Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Davek Urije scored before halftime, with Norwich scoring through Timo Bucky just an hour later.
The only setback for Klopp on an encouraging night is the injury of Brazilian goalkeeper Alison Becker, who retired at 39 after suffering a calf injury and will now miss the UEFA Cup crash on Wednesday. With Chelsea.
Baker’s misfortune gave his unexpectedly early debut to 32-year-old Spanish ex-Adrian, who wisely signed as a cover on free transportation just four days before it was launched by West Ham United.
“There is nothing really bad to say about the game, except for Ali’s injury,” Klopp said.
“It looked good for 60 minutes, then we have to control the game a little more. Norwich has all my respect. They were cheeky, they enjoyed football.”
The result was not surprising, but the way Liverpool accelerated so quickly was impressive and sent a letter to Pep Guardiola to face another battle of the season.
Liverpool’s achievement was celebrated by winning the sixth UEFA Cup by beating Tottenham Hotspur in the final of the Champions League in Madrid in a song, where their fans filmed exhibits before the game.
For one of the unlikely heroes of the campaign, Belgian striker Origi, there was a reward for progress over Sadio Mane, while Joe Gomez was a favorite over Joel Matip alongside Van Dijk at the back.
It took Liverpool just seven minutes to open his account when Norwich captain Hanley, trying to clear a cross from the left of Origi, cut the ball into his own net.
Salah, the top scorer in the league last season with 22 goals along with Mani and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Arsenal, then doubled the advantage at 19 with a distinct end with a left foot from a closed angle after a good start Roberto Firmino points.
The game almost ended in the 28th minute when Norwich made it very easy for Van Dijk to win at home in Salah’s corner to score 3-0, perhaps four minutes later, but Norwich goalkeeper Tim Kroll did a good job of staying away. Download Firmino.
Liverpool suffered a blow when Baker left before halftime, but Origi put the score 4-0 before halftime with a well-nourished header from Trent Alexander Arnold.
After the first half, Jordan Henderson was shot by Kroll in the crossbar after good work by Origi and Firmino, making the ball out of reach, as Liverpool threatened to add more misery to Norwich’s return to the top category.
East Anglians received a reward for their efforts when, moments after substitute Moritz Leitner was injured, his Finnish striker Pukki scored a goal in 64 clever touches after being found with a clever pass from Emiliano Buendía.
Norwich coach FARC encouraged the way his team kept their homework after the break and this game would always be a difficult task after a three-season absence in the Premier League.