Goals and Highlights: Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City, 2019-20 Premier League
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22:05a year ago

Arguably the biggest worries fall on the shoulders of Jurgen Klopp, despite winning 4-1.

Liverpool were opened up far too easily and Norwich only had three less shots than their hosts. When was the last time an away side had 12 strikes at Anfield? Joe Gomez, in particular, looked very rusty.

Then there is the injury to Alisson. He was instrumental last season in helping Liverpool take the next step in their progression.

22:03a year ago

Nothing new

There wasn't really any surprises tonight. We knew there would be goals and the chances were that the home side would score the majority of those with their extra quality.

Norwich looked blown away by half-time and you feared that the scoreline could be seven or eight. However, a lot of credit must be given to Daniel Farke's young squad who actually won the second half.

A defensive line with three players under the age of 22 would have taken some valuable lessons from this evening.

And, as we already knew, Norwich have enough about them going forward to suggest they will score plenty of goals this season.

22:00a year ago

Full-time: Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City

A game of two halves...
21:56a year ago

91' Godfrey slams an effort that forces Adrian to get down quickly.
21:55a year ago

Two minutes injury time

Norwich will be a lot happier than they were an hour ago...
21:54a year ago

Great save!

85' Even though he has conceded four, Tim Krul has impressed on his return to the Premier League. Another solid hand to palm away an Alexander-Arnold free-kick.

Meanwhile, Milner replaces Firmino.

21:49a year ago

Pukki off

83' Josip Drmic comes on for his Norwich debut after Teemu Pukki has run himself into the ground...and opened his Premier League account.
21:47a year ago

80' Buendia's free-kick is comfortable for Adrian.
21:43a year ago

Liverpool getting a touch sloppy...
21:42a year ago

Mane's had a few darts down the left already.
21:39a year ago

Mane returns

74' After a long summer with Senegal, African Cup of Nations runner-up Sadio Mane replaces Origi who has enjoyed another good evening.
21:38a year ago

73' Alexander-Arnold fires over from distance.
21:37a year ago

71' Firmino's effort is diverted off an outstretched Hanley foot and goes inches wide.
21:35a year ago

He could get quite a few this season...

21:34a year ago

The first Premier League Cuban comes on

70' Onel Hernandez replaces Tom Trybull - an attacking change from the visitors.
21:33a year ago

The Norwich fans are in good voice now!
21:30a year ago

GOAL!!! Norwich! Comeback on?

64' Their attacking efforts deserve this.

Again from the right, Buendia releases Pukki who slots the ball calmly into the bottom corner. 4-1.

21:29a year ago

Off the crossbar!

62' What an impact Leitner has made.

After a well-worked move down the right, Norwich's number ten smashes the ball past Adrian but off the crossbar.

21:26a year ago

Within a minute of coming on, the German is booked for chopping down Henderson.
21:23a year ago

Leitner on for Norwich

58' I think this is Norwich trying to fill the gaps. A more defensive Moritz Leitner replaces Stiepermann.

Seconds earlier, Robertson lashed an effort wide for Liverpool.

21:22a year ago

Norwich have lost all confidence at the back. Everyone is losing the ball and the only surprise is that Liverpool haven't scored a fifth.
21:21a year ago

55' Fabinho doesn't often shoot but he troubles Krul with a dipping effort after Henderson has a goal-bound shot blocked.
21:18a year ago


54' Cantwell dwindles on the ball and has it stolen off him by Fabinho. Salah opts to bend it around Godfrey but it goes inches past the post.
21:18a year ago

Norwich are still venturing forward. A couple of offsides cut their progress short.
21:15a year ago

Off the crossbar...and then the post!

48' Nothing has changed!

Origi walks through and lays the ball to Henderson who sees his effort tipped onto the crossbar.

Alexander-Arnold then plays the ball just behind Firmino, who has an open goal, but the Brazilian can't sort his feet out and scuffs his effort against the post.

21:12a year ago

No Norwich changes incidentally.
21:10a year ago

Panic over!

We are back underway with working headsets!
21:09a year ago

Norwich holding out for the slight chance of an abandonment...
21:08a year ago

False start!

Second half will be underway soon. We have a technological problem with the officials' headsets.

And VAR has been so quiet...

21:05a year ago

Second half is about to get underway

5-4 anyone?
21:04a year ago

Two assists for Alexander-Arnold already. How many can he get this season?
21:03a year ago

Norwich have still had more shots than Liverpool...
20:54a year ago

Try being Daniel Farke right now.

Do you stick to your morals and continue to attack in the only way Norwich know how?

Or do you shut up shop and wait for the storm to blow over?

20:51a year ago

Half-time: Liverpool 4-0 Norwich City

We said there might be goals...
20:48a year ago

GOAL!!! No Mane, no problem

42' This is far too easy again.

Alexander-Arnold pings a ball into the area and Origi is able to ghost in front of Aarons and head home a fourth.

20:42a year ago

An unexpected debut...

39' Who would have thought this only a couple of days ago...

Adrian is making his debut for Liverpool! 

Concerning scenes for Alisson who limps off after feeling a twinge from a goal-kick.

20:38a year ago

35' Tom Trybull heads wide from a Buendia corner.
20:35a year ago

Liverpool aren't slowing down here.

Farke spoke about his team 'fighting for each other' before the game... this will test their resilience.

20:34a year ago

What a save!

31' Norwich have manufactured more shots than Liverpool but this could get embarrassing for them.

Firmino takes down a cross before swivelling and firing a powerful volley only to be kept out by excellent reflexes from Krul.

20:32a year ago

20:30a year ago

GOAL!!! Three for Liverpool!

28' Salah's corner finds van Dijk who outmuscles Lewis to nod home a third.

I'm not sure that is a great match from set-pieces for Norwich...

20:29a year ago

Good save!

26' More quick football from the visitors and it is worked to Stiepermann who connects sweetly with a half-volley only for it to be palmed away by Alisson.

This is a Liverpool side who boast a central defender who wasn't dribbled past once last season...

20:27a year ago

25' Still they come forward.

After switching the ball from left to right, it is worked to Emi Buendia who can't get any real purchase on his shot from range.

Buendia has been quiet so far but he is called 'Football Heaven' for a reason at Carrow Road.

20:25a year ago

Open football from Norwich.

Daniel Farke promised that his side would attack, as they did last season to be the top scorers in English professional football, but this is where they can be picked apart by the top teams. Like tonight.

That said, they have as much chance of scoring five against some teams, as they have of conceding five against others. Entertainment.

20:24a year ago

GOAL!!! Liverpool lead 2-0!

19' More poor defending from Norwich.

They have a couple of chances to clear their lines before the ball bounces to Firmino in the penalty area. The Brazilian neatly plays it through to Mo Salah who comfortably slots past Krul.

This could be any kind of scoreline.

20:20a year ago

A fascinating start. Norwich are seeing a lot of the ball at the back but struggling to break the Liverpool press.

Yet, when they do, there is a lot of space between Gomez and Alexander-Arnold in Liverpool's right channel.

20:18a year ago

16' Robertson fires just over the angle from the edge of the box. Breathless, as we expected.
20:16a year ago

Opens up for Norwich again!

15' Norwich still carry a threat though.

Lewis plays a simple ball through and Pukki finds himself a clear run at goal. However, he can't sort his feet out and the chance disintegrates.

Just seconds later, Pukki is again free and fires straight across the box but nobody is there to apply the finishing touch.

20:16a year ago

Norwich look comfortable on the ball but Liverpool are just a yard sharper and faster at the moment.
20:14a year ago

Great chance for Norwich!

10' This is what Norwich can do. A wonderful turn by Cantwell sets Lewis on his way. The left-back finds Pukki who flicks the ball to Stiepermann but again the German fires over. Should be getting that on target.
20:10a year ago

GOAL!!! Liverpool lead and a nightmare start for Hanley

8' Origi has started well down the left but he wouldn't have expected this outcome from an average cross.

After being held up by Aarons, Origi clipped the ball into the area and Hanley's half-hearted stabbed clearance sees the ball come off the outside of his boot and into the bottom corner.

Horror start for Norwich.

20:09a year ago

Talking of rusty

5' The first half chance as Alisson plays a loose pass straight to Pukki before the striker cuts the ball back to Stiepermann. However, the attacking midfielder could only fire over.
20:05a year ago

A rusty opening but Liverpool enjoy a brief spell of pressure after Godfrey gives away a needless corner.
20:04a year ago


Welcome to 2019/20!
20:01a year ago

A quick heads up that Andre Marriner is in charge of VAR for the system's Premier League debut, whilst Michael Oliver will make the decisions on the pitch.
20:00a year ago

It might be drizzling under a grey Merseyside evening but "You'll Never Walk Alone" reverberating around this famous stadium is quite a way to begin the new season.
19:59a year ago

The Anfield Roar

Jordan Henderson, fresh with smart black boots that look like they should be worn with a shirt and trousers in the office, leads out Liverpool to the traditional vocal backdrop of Anfield.
19:57a year ago

The players are in the tunnel.
19:55a year ago

Anfield is almost full...

Just ten minutes until the 2019/20 Premier League season begins!
19:50a year ago

How important is Premier League experience?

Only goalkeeper Tim Krul and captain Grant Hanley, who probably wouldn't have started had it not been for injuries in defence, have played at this level in England before.

Will it make a difference come May?

19:43a year ago

Key battles: Firmino vs Godfrey

The one weak area in Norwich's side is defence and keeping clean sheets.

Without Christoph Zimmermann and Timm Klose, England youth international Ben Godfrey has his first chance to impress at this level after a sharp rise through the English football pyramid.

Yet is unlikely he has faced a striker with the movement of Roberto Firmino.

19:39a year ago

Key battles: Aarons vs Robertson

This side of Anfield will be flooding with energy.

A 25-year old left-back with eleven league assists last season against a 19-year old right-back with six league assists and winner of the PFA Championship Young Player of the Season.

And Trent Alexander-Arnold against Jamaal Lewis isn't a bad battle on the opposite side either.

19:36a year ago

Key battles: Pukki vs Van Dijk

Teemu Pukki finished the Championship campaign as top scorer, falling just short of 30 goals.

But this is a whole new level and previous PFA Championship Player of the Year winners have often struggled with the step up.

It doesn't get much tougher than this, against arguably the best defender in the world.

19:33a year ago

Get in touch

Tweet me on @chrisbourne2win if you are following the season opener with us. What are your predictions tonight?
19:30a year ago

19:29a year ago

And these two sides aren't adverse to goals...

Only the 34 goals in their previous six meetings, including this game to remember...
19:29a year ago

19:24a year ago

19:23a year ago

Friday fun

The last two season openers on Friday evenings have featured plenty of goals, including one classic...
19:21a year ago

Season previews

Do you know your Ndombeles from your Pepes? Kane from Kean?

Check out VAVEL's season previews for every Premier League club right here.

19:19a year ago

Premier league spending smashed through the £1.4 billion mark yesterday but Liverpool and Norwich are bottom of the table in that department by some distance.

They have spent a mere £5.5 million between them this summer, a drop in the ocean compared to Man United (£148 million) and Aston Villa (£144.5 million).

19:15a year ago

A wonderful window

What a Deadline Day yesterday was...

From big money moves involving Romelu Lukaku and Giovani Lo Celso, to Watford smashing their transfer record to bring in Ismaila Sarr, to the shock departure of David Luiz from Chelsea to London and top four rivals, Arsenal.

19:12a year ago

Norwich hoping Mane stays on the bench

Last season's top goalscorer has netted in Liverpool's last three campaign openers.
19:09a year ago

It's a welcome return for Joe Gomez in the Liverpool starting eleven after a lengthy lay-off last season. The game comes too soon for Sadio Mane to start but Divock Origi will be looking to continue his form from the beginn of 2019.

As for Norwich, Todd Cantwell is rewarded for an excellent pre-season and starts ahead of Onel Hernandez. A quartet of new faces will begin their careers in yellow from the substitutes bench.

19:07a year ago

Norwich team

Krul; Aarons, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis; Trybull, McLean; Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki

Subs: Fahrmann, Byram, Leitner, Vrancic, Roberts, Hernandez, Drmic

19:05a year ago

Liverpool team

19:03a year ago

Mane on the bench; Cantwell starts...
19:02a year ago

Welcome back!

Just one hour to go!

Team news coming shortly...

18:59a year ago

...and they don't like opening days either

The Canaries have picked up just 11 points from their last 16 opening day fixtures in any league, winning just ONCE since 2003!
15:09a year ago

Norwich don't like Liverpool...

Norwich have conceded 45 Premier League goals against Liverpool, more than any other side to grace the top tier since its inception in 1992.

Don't mention Luis Suarez...

15:08a year ago

Klopp doesn't want Liverpool to be liked

"We have to stay the team nobody wants to play against.

We have to be angry again, we have to be greedy again, we have to be all these things. That's what I will ask the boys for and that's what we have to show."

Norwich don't particularly enjoy playing Liverpool after picking up just two draws in their last 12 meetings.

15:02a year ago

11:32a year ago

Norwich's season ahead?

This has been trending on Twitter today. It could be quite a ride for the people of Norwich (both at Carrow Road and the Cathedral)...
11:31a year ago

Those three letters make a Premier League debut tonight...

“It looks really interesting and it looks safe, as much as you can be safe when human beings are involved." #VAR
11:29a year ago

Mane "an option"

Jurgen Klopp: 

“He looks fit. Yes, he is an option.

Yesterday was the first session with the team because Monday he came in about four o’clock or so when we’d already left and Tuesday the team was off and he had his individual session."

11:29a year ago

"We will go into each and every game trying to win it. If that's not possible, we will fight to not lose it. If my players do this, and fight together, and stick together, then we will have a good chance of having another party at the end of the season."
11:27a year ago

Norwich to attack

Daniel Farke: "You can be sure we will stick to our beliefs this season, and play the way we like to play football. We won't be naive, but we won't be going to places to park the bus.

Our belief is to attack, to be proactive and to be responsible. We will try to control games."

11:26a year ago

Klose out

Not ideal when you are facing the likes of Salah, Firmino and possibly Mane...

Daniel Farke confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Timm Klose is also unavailable, alongside Christoph Zimmermann.

Veteran Grant Hanley is now expected to partner Ben Godfrey in central defence.

Let's get some more updates from those press conferences...

11:23a year ago

Where to watch

This game is live on Sky Sports but if you are out and about on Friday evening or haven’t got Sky, then VAVEL’s live coverage is definitely the place to keep you updated with the Premier League kick-off.

Liverpool vs Norwich City, Anfield, 20:00 BST.

11:11a year ago

Mane out?

Sadio Mane did not feature at Wembley last weekend after a late return from the African Cup of Nations and the smart money would be on him not starting here. Divock Origi is likely to join Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino in attack, whilst James Milner also has a knock.

Norwich will be without key defender Christoph Zimmermann and they will be desperately hoping that Timm Klose passes a fitness test. Alex Tettey is also definitely out and Amadou is unlikely to start after only arriving on Wednesday.

11:10a year ago

Fortress Anfield

Liverpool are currently unbeaten in 40 Premier League games at Anfield, winning 30 and drawing 10. Not an easy return to the top flight for Norwich.
11:10a year ago

Goals, goals, goals

Only two sides have been promoted to the Premier League after being involved in more goals per game than Norwich. They score plenty but also leak more than enough.

Liverpool netted 89 league goals last season and, like Norwich, boast their respective leagues’ top goalscorer last year.

And, if you still aren’t convinced this will be a goal fest, the last meeting between these sides finished 5-4 to Liverpool with Adam Lallana netting an injury-time winner.
11:10a year ago

Pre-season form

Much has been made about Liverpool’s pre-season form after losing three high-profile fixtures. However, they looked more than a match for Man City in the Community Shield on Sunday with Mo Salah hitting the post twice and only losing out by the lottery of penalties.

Norwich’s summer has been a mixed bag, enjoying an undefeated three-game tour of Germany but also losing to Brentford and Atalanta with seven goals conceded in those two games alone.

11:09a year ago

Transfer business

Liverpool have been very quiet in the transfer window, seemingly confident that they can develop the squad they already have to overtake Man City. Former West Ham goalkeeper Adrian replaces Simon Mignolet as the back-up shot-stopper.

Norwich have also spent very little, instead dishing out new contracts to the majority of their squad. Josip Drmic offers support for Teemu Pukki in attack, Sam Byram comes in at full-back, goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann has joined on loan from Schalke, City’s Patrick Roberts provides flair out wide and Ibrahim Amadou has recently arrived to offer muscle in the middle of the park.

11:09a year ago


The Premier League season is back and we kick-off with an absolute belter between the Champions of Europe and Champions of The Championship on Friday evening at 20:00 BST. Our live coverage will bring you all of the action, analysis and team news from Liverpool versus Norwich City at Anfield.
11:08a year ago