Liverpool 4-1 Norwich: Bobby Dazzler
Did anyone else forgot how good the Reds are? Perhaps it was the divide between the Champions of Europe and a lesser Premier League side that came as a shock. Liverpool were spectacular. Norwich played very well, attacking with a combination of quality and fearlessness that we are unlikely to face many times this season.
But when the Reds upped a gear it showed. Liverpool could up the tempo at the flick of a switch and play at a level on which the Canaries could not compete. Liverpool were ruthless, clinical and looked remarkably fit for the first game of the season. The first 3 shots on target resulted in 4 goals as Liverpool gave Norwich the harshest welcome to the Premier League they could have feared for.
The pinstriped Reds were more than ready to start the campaign and relished being back on the Anfield turf for the first time since the win in Madrid. The players enjoyed themselves and possessed an air of confidence that only winning the biggest competition in club football can bring. Our boys have been there and done it now. And they can use that winning feeling and mentality to spur them on to more trophies, rather than the burdening weight of a 30 year wait for a title that has hindered previous teams in Red.
The Reds feel great and none more so than this man. Bobby Firmino had so much fun he even laughed at himself for hitting the post from three yards. It was his best performance for Liverpool in a very long time. He dropped deep and marauded past the Norwich midfield as if they weren’t there, often with obscene skills and trickery. When Firmino’s having a ball Liverpool play well. Firmino’s involvement in the game was a major factor in our dominance throughout.
Bobby’s intelligence and ability to create space allowed us to create chances and carve open the Norwich defence. His quick feet and excellent weight of pass set Salah away for his first goal and Firmino’s first assist of the season. Firmino also provided the space for Liverpool’s fourth with clever off the ball movement as he ghosted out from a central position, allowing Origi the space to attack Trent’s delivery and flummox the Canary backline.
Next up for the Reds is Istanbul on Wednesday. Unfortunately, it looks as though Alisson won’t make the trip but other than that we should expect a strong line up. This is a big game for us, and we should not pass up the chance to win the first major trophy of the season and all that comes with that.
Becoming the undisputed Champions of Europe in the most fitting of places would mean so much to so many. One of the many great things about winning the European Cup is the chances it gives you to add to your trophy haul in the following season. With a victory versus Chelsea, Liverpool will become the most successful club in English football history outright.
Let’s do it in style.