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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 4-1 Norwich

A first game of the season for the Reds, brought a first 3 points and placed Jurgen Klopp's boys at the top of the table. For 24 hours, at least.


It wasn't a perfect display, and the defence was shaky at times. Particularly down the right hand side.


Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold were all at sea at times, during the first half, and Virgil Van Dijk was often seen throwing angry glances in their direction.


The midfield started a bit rusty, but eventually found their groove but the front three of Divock Origi, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino were on fire in the first half.


The second wasn't as strong, and had all the looks of a first league game of the season. Norwich looked a little more dangerous, and better teams will take advantage.


But we're one game into the season, and there are still plenty to get the system ticking like clockwork again. The European Super Cup on Wednesday will give them another chance.


Alisson - Barely made it through the first half an hour, and had little to do, in fairness. Hopefully it's a short stay on the sidelines. NA


Trent Alexander-Arnold - A bit of a rocky 90 minutes for the young right back who hasn't started the season in the same form as he finished last year. Was caught out repeatedly by Norwich down the right and struggled without much defensive support. His crossing was a little off as well. 6


Joe Gomez - The young English centre back was again preferred to Joel Matip at centre back and it only raised more questions, as it did when he was selected last Sunday. The form he started last season with just wasn't there and having him and Trent on the right looks like a mistake waiting to happen at the moment. Perhaps the experience of Matip is required again, as the team looks to find its groove as the season begins. 6


Virgil Van Dijk - The big Dutchman wasn't quite perfect himself, he looked like he'd let his standards slip at times but was still our best defender by some distance. He was often seen shooting angry glances at his counterparts down the right, with the English Footballer of the Year not happy with what he was seeing. 7


Andy Robertson - Wasn't at his absolute best but was the main attacking outlet outside of the front three. Put some great whipped crosses into the box in the first half and coped well enough with the minimal threat down his side of the pitch. 7


Fabinho - The Brazilian destroyer took his time to settle in last season but was well up to speed by the time we lifted the Champions League. Many reckon that the midfielder will truly show his best this season and last night wasn't a bad start. He broke up play through the middle and has never looked more comfortable as the anchor to the whole team. 8


Jordan Henderson - It took almost 3 years but Jurgen Klopp has thankfully landed on the captain's best position. It took for the captain and manager to agree upon the trial there late last season but ultimately it's paid off. Henderson was all over the away sides half, and found regularly in their box. He actually should've scored himself mid-way through the 2nd half. 7


Georginio Wijnaldum - The Dutch midfielder had one of his quieter days but was still everywhere. He helped Robertson down his flank several times and was seen covering for his team mates on numerous occasions. 7


Divock Origi - Well, well. Who'd have thought that Div would've got us off to a start in less than 10 minutes of the new season? The Belgian forward started on the left flank, in the place of Mane and his deflected effort opened the scoring. He later added to that OG with a goal of his own and generally looked threatening down the left. This new-found confidence after his star turns several times last season is a welcome sight, for sure. 7


Mo Salah - A season start just doesn't feel the same without a Mo Salah goal anymore. The Egyptian forward was trying too hard at times, also looking greedy at times too, but he got his goal and started to look more settled after that. He looks good at the moment, confident and dangerous. He just needs to work on being a little less selfish and pick his moments. 8


Roberto Firmino - Whilst Salah and Origi looked dangerous, none of that would have been possible had it not been for the one man machine that is Bobby. The forward was back to his work-horse best, in the false 9 role and dragged the Norwich defence (and midfield) this way and that. The newly promoted side will never have faced a forward like Firmino before and it certainly showed. 8 Man of the Match


Substitutions:


Adrian - Won't have expected any action this soon and it was good to see him looking calm and relaxed in such difficult circumstances. The Spaniard will now get his chance for a half dozen games, starting with a start in the European Super Cup on Wednesday. He couldn't have done anything for Norwich's goal. 7


James Milner - Came on and looked tidy, but was a little to eager to dive into tackles and fouls. Good to see him back after missing the game against Man City on Sunday though. 6


Sadio Mane - It was also good to see Mane back, even if it was a short cameo. But how good did he look? It's like he's had an entire pre-season. His introduction was like a breath of fresh air after the second half had gone stale for the home side. Surely in line to start against Chelsea on Wednesday night. 7



 

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