EPL: Reds baptizes Norwich as they claim first three points of the season

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Liverpool has secured their first three points of the season after defeating newly-promoted Norwich City at Anfield.

First-half four goals saw the European champions start their new Premier League season with a blistering performance.

Divock Origi’s cross had deflected on Norwich captain Grant Hanley as he sliced into his own net before Mohamed Salah opened his account after a pass by Roberto Firmino.

German midfielder Marco Stipermann compelled a good save by Reds keeper Alisson before an unmarked Virgil van Dijk headed the third from Salah’s corner, while Origi nodded the fourth after Trent Alexander-Arnold’s amazing pass.

Teemu Pukki’s composed finish reduced the deficit after Liverpool lost Alisson to injury, the Brazil keeper replaced by new signing Adrian after slipping while taking a first-half goal-kick.

There was a carnival atmosphere at Anfield for Liverpool’s first home game since beating Tottenham in the Champions League final on 1 June and Jurgen Klopp’s side responded with a superb display.

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They might have won by a more handsome margin as Tim Krul palmed Origi’s attempt onto the bar after making a brilliant save to keep out Firmino’s ferocious volley. Krul also did well to keep out Alexander-Arnold’s late free-kick.

Any fears Liverpool might be suffering a hangover after missing out to Manchester City by one point in the race for last season’s title were quickly dispelled as the Reds started their quest to win a first top-flight title in 30 years in style.

Supporters were looking for evidence Klopp’s team can go one step better than last season and, while bigger tests lie ahead, a thumping win against a team fresh out of the Championship is a decent start.

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After a quiet summer in the transfer market, it was the same familiar faces on show including nine players who started the win over Spurs in Madrid in June.

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Origi, who came off the bench to score in the Champions League final win, helped his side take the lead with a cross which ended in the back of the net after Hanley’s misfortune.

Salah doubled the lead with a trademark low angled finish after Firmino’s assist before Salah turned provider with the corner for Van Dijk to make it 3-0.

Liverpool were coasting and even after losing Alisson to injury they increased their advantage after Alexander-Arnold’s sublime pass allowed Origi to head the fourth goal ensuring the Reds scooped their first three points of the season.

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On a night of positives for the home side, Joe Gomez came through his first league game of 2019 after recovering from a fractured leg.

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