National media left largely unimpressed by ‘compliant’ Canaries’ efforts at Liverpool

Tim Krul of Norwich looks dejected as Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides 4th goa

Tim Krul of Norwich looks dejected as Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides 4th goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

It was all about Liverpool as the national newspapers reported on Norwich City’s 4-1 loss on the opening night of the Premier League season – although there was an early relegation prediction based on the defeat.


Canaries wings clipped

They are champions of Europe. At times Liverpool, chasing a first league title in three decades, played like champions of England.

They want this thing, opening up the Premier League season with a thumping victory over promoted Norwich.

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It was all sorted out after 42 minutes, when Divock Origi nodded Liverpool's fourth beyond stranded Canaries keeper Tim Krul.

Teemu Pukki's consolation, sweetly finished beyond the Reds' substitute keeper Adrian, was a footnote in another crushing victory for Jurgen Klopp's players.

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Jürgen Klopp congratulated Daniel Farke before kick-off on ending Norwich's three-year absence from the Premier League and lauded his opponents for being "cheeky as hell" afterwards.

There were no niceties on the pitch, only a demonstration of the chasm between the top of the Championship and the summit of European football as Liverpool launched their pursuit of a first league title for 30 years with a convincing victory.


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There was not even a glimpse of the trophy they won in Madrid on June 1 on this occasion, or any other match day to come it seems, because Jurgen Klopp would simply prefer his team play like the champions of Europe rather than continue to ­parade the spoils of that famous night.

That was how Season No 30 in pursuit of Anfield's lost league title began and the first half will have been largely as Klopp wanted, with four goals for Liverpool and the crushing of a promoted club who have kept largely out of the transfer market this summer. Which is not to say that an adventurous Norwich City did not occasionally seek out the weaker spots of this Liverpool team, it was just that when it came to keeping them out they struggled badly.


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If Liverpool play like this all season they may or may not win the Premier League. If Norwich play like this all season they will most certainly go down.

Liverpool's season is up and running impressively. They will feel with some justification that a marker has been laid down before champions Manchester City. They scored four in the first half and could and should have scored at least two or three more after that. Liverpool were busy and purposeful and, importantly, looked fresh.

Norwich, though, were so compliant as to be almost deliberately complicit. So open were Daniel Farke's team on their return to the top division that they invited every single piece of the catastrophic trouble that came their way.


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Should Daniel Farke seek positives amid last night's drubbing, then there was the fact his side created opportunities even before Teemu Pukki's smartly taken consolation. Norwich scored 93 goals in gaining promotion from the Championship last season, the most productive tally since Bournemouth [98] reached the top flight in 2014-15. One of the reasons why the club has opted for continuity rather than spending big is because of the threat they have in their ranks. Of Pukki's 29 goals last season, 28 came from inside the penalty area and he was at it again when dispatching Buendia's pass as Liverpool were opened up, not for the first time.


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An exquisite finish from one of your world class strikers? Tick.

A thumping header from your Ballon D'Or-standard colossus? Tick.

A joyous romp to celebrate the start of another season under possibly the most charismatic manager in club football? Tick.

Allez Allez Allez as they like to sing in these parts.

This was expected. This was predictable. This was a formality. This was a given.

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