Norwich 0-3 Liverpool: Mohamed Salah scores and assists two

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Liverpool have not lost against Norwich in any of their 15 Premier League matches.

Mohamed Salah scored one goal and provided two assists to help Liverpool get their Premier League title bid off the ground. They won comfortably at Norwich City, newly promoted.

Salah scored his third goal to make him the first player to score in the Premier League's opening weekend. This was a great result after Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota had earlier set up Salah.

Reds were boosted by the return to full fitness of defender Virgil van Dijk, who had been out for 10 months due to injury. They took the lead in the second half.

Trent Alexander-Arnold discovered Salah in the box, and the Egypt forward's touch fell to Jota who was able to complete clinically.

It was harsh for Norwich, who had made an energetic start to the match. They were cheered on by a buoyant crowd celebrating their return to Carrow Road.

Teemu Pukki scored 11 goals in Premier League two years ago. Alisson saved him from an early save after he got in behind the defense of the visitors.

Liverpool was in control of the game and they never looked at risk of losing it. Norwich, however, struggled to regain their old rhythm.

Six minutes after the break, Max Aarons scored a goal-bound goal from Sadio Mene. However, a second goal was scored shortly after the hour mark by substitute Firmino.

Brazil's forward was only on the pitch for just four minutes when he scored from close range. Salah did a great job and opted to pass the ball to Salah when Salah had the opportunity to shoot from a closer angle.

Salah completed the perfect opening day by grabbing the ball after a corner was only half cleared and curling a fine strike into the net.

Liverpool is boosted by defensive returns

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After suffering from defensive injuries, Liverpool finished third in Premier League last season and was 17 points behind champions Manchester City.

The signs are encouraging that they will be well-stocked in this area this campaign. Van Dijk was making his league debut since October 2013 and was joined by Joel Matip in the centre of defense after seven months.

Joe Gomez (who was also absent for the majority of the second half of last season) and Ibrahima Konate, a new signing, were both on the bench at Norwich, as Liverpool suddenly appear to have a well-stocked area in which it had been lacking in the previous campaign.

Van Dijk's and Matip's play had a certain rustiness, especially early on when Norwich tried to get in behind the visitors defense on a few occasions.

They grew into it and were able to repel the Canaries' attacks easily by the second period. Alisson did however make a great stop at the final whistle to keep them out of the match.

The Reds will face bigger challenges this season, but their defence is strong and they have three of their four attacking players scoring against Norwich. They are well placed to win the title.

Groundhog Day for Norwich

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After one season in Championship, Norwich are now back in Premier League. They easily won their return to the top flight.

They were relegated with 21 points after their last season at this level. Their season was marked by good play in most of their games but they failed to capitalize on it.

Norwich fans made the most of the Premier League return to Carrow Road. They were buoyant before kick-off and they continued that positive vibes as the home team got off to a bright start.

For the first 25 minutes, they were the stronger side. They attacked with speed and a directness that threw off the Liverpool defense. It soon became a familiar story, as despite their excellent play, they couldn't take advantage of their opponents' chances.

They were second best from then on, improving slightly towards end when Alisson denied Ben Gibson consolation.

They will not lose against Liverpool on their opening day. In fact, historically they have had problems against Liverpool in the past. Reds have won 13 of their 15 previous encounters.

It is also a reminder of how difficult life in the Premier League can be with Manchester City as reigning champions and games against Arsenal and Leicester City following.

Roberto Firmino Roberto Firmino was the player of the match with an average 8.13 Norwich City Norwich City Norwich City.

Liverpool Liverpool Liverpool Norwich City Avg Squad Number 8 Player Name Gilmour Average Rating 6.77 Squad Number 22 Player Name Pukki Average Rating 5.78 Squad Number 20 Player Name Aarons Average Rating 5.47 Squad No. 1 Player Player named Diogo Jota Average Rating 7.31 Squad No. 20 Player Player's rating 7.31 Squad no. 10 Player's rating 5.41 Squad rating 20 Player player name Elliott Average ranking 7.31 Squad rating 20 Player Player number Elliott Average ratings 7.31 Squad numbers 20 Player Player number Elliott Average rating rating 6.74 Squad #21 Player number 7 Squad rating of 8 Player number 16 Player number 15 Average rating.


Match Stats

Live Text Line-ups Norwich Formation

2 Aarons

5 Hanley

4 Gibson

30 Giannoulis

Booked 14 Cantwell at 53mins. Substituted by Dowell at 86'minutes

20 Lees-Melou

8 Gilmour

7 Rupp

17 Rashica substituted for Sargent at the 77' minute

22 Pukki substituted for Idah in 77' minutes Substitutes: 6 Zimmermann

10 Dowell

18 Tzolis

19 Srensen

23 McLean

24 Sargent

26 Mumba

28 Gunn

35 Idah Liverpool Formation 4-3-3 1 Alisson 66 Alexander-Arnold 32 Matip 4 van Dijk 21 Tsimikas 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain 7 Milner 8 Keta 11 Salah 20 Jota 10 Man 1 Alisson

66 Alexander-Arnold

32 Matip

4 van Dijk

21 Tsimikas

15 Oxlade-Chamberlain Substituted For Fabinho at 61' Minutes

7 Milner Booked in 25 Minutes

8 Keta Substituted Elliott at 83' Minutes

11 Salah

20 Jota Substituted For Firmino at 60' Minutes

10 Man Substitutes 3 Fabinho

5 Konat

9 Firmino

12 Gomez

18 Minamino

27 Origi

58 Woodburn

62 Kelleher

Andre Marriner, 67 Elliott Referee. Attendance: 27,023 Live Text Match Stats Post Update Match ends, Norwich City 0. Liverpool 3. Full Time Second half ends, Norwich City 0. Liverpool Post update Attempt missed. Lukas Rupp (Norwich City), left footed shot outside the box is high, wide and to the left. Kieran Dowell assisted. Post update Attempt missed. Joshua Sargent (Norwich City), right footed shot from right side box misses to left Max Aarons assisted. Post update Attempt missed. Max Aarons (Norwich City), right footed shot outside the box that is high and wide to his right Kieran Dowell assisted. Post-update: Attempt saved. Adam Idah (Norwich City), right footed shot at very close range. The goal is saved in the upper left corner. Grant Hanley assisted. Post-update: Attempt blocked. Grant Hanley (Norwich City), left footed shot from centre of box blocked. Post-update: Attempt saved. Ben Gibson (Norwich City), left footed shot at very close range is saved in centre of goal Pierre Lees Melou assisted with a cross. Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Todd Cantwell is being replaced by Kieran Dowell. Post update Foul by Konstantinos Tsimikas, Liverpool Post update Joshua Sargent (Norwich City), wins a free kick during the attacking half. Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Harvey Elliott takes over for Naby Keta. Post update Foul by Max Aarons, Norwich City Post update Konstantinos Tsimikas from Liverpool wins a free kick to the left wing. Post update Attempt missed. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), left footed shot from centre of box is too high. After a corner, Virgil van Dijk assisted. Liverpool, Post-update Corner Conceded to Billy Gilmour. Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Adam Idah replaces Teemu Pukki. Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Joshua Sargent replaces Milot Rashica. Post update LukasRupp (Norwich City), wins a free kick at the defensive half. Foul by Naby Ketcha (Liverpool) after the update Page 1 of 5 Rewind Previous Navigate to Next Navigate To The Last Page Forward