Virgil van Dijk fumes, Roberto Firmino outrageous skill and other Liverpool moments missed vs Norwich

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Liverpool opened their Premier League campaign with an impressive win at home to Norwich City on Friday evening.

After visiting defender Grant Hanley scored an own goal, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi all netted in a 4-1 triumph.

The result meant Jurgen Klopp’s side carried on from last season by clinching a 10th successive league win and extended their unbeaten home league run to 41 games.

But there was plenty that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at Anfield.

Firmino the flamboyant

It’s fair to say Roberto Firmino has found his groove instantly since returning for Liverpool late last month.

Against both Manchester City in the Community Shield and on Friday, the Brazilian almost scored with an audacious flick and turn on the volley.

Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino celebrates after Grant Hanley of Norwich City scores an own goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019
Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino celebrates after Grant Hanley of Norwich City scores an own goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019

Then there was the delicious dink that put Salah in for the Reds’ second against Norwich.

But the home crowd showed their greatest appreciation when Firmino, in attempting to control an awkward Andy Robertson pass, chose to let the ball run through his legs and then backheel it towards Fabinho. Bobby gotta Bobby.

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Every day is an Origi day

“Saturday night and we like the way he moves… Divock Origi!”

So goes the song among Liverpool supporters in salute of the one-time outcast who became a cult hero last season.

Origi was at it once more against Norwich, forcing Hanley’s boob for the opener and then notching a header before the break.

In doing so, he completed the rare feat of having scored for Liverpool on every day of the week – only the 13th player to do so. Perhaps it’s time to change his tune from Whigfield to Craig David.

Van Dijk fires a volley

Virgil Van Dijk during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019
Virgil Van Dijk during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Norwich City at Anfield on August 09, 2019

Virgil van Dijk readily admits he is a laidback kind of guy. But when it comes to his football, he takes it seriously. Very seriously indeed.

During the summer, in a podcast Fabinho revealed when the big Dutchman isn’t happy with someone, he isn’t shy letting them know on the field.

And if there’s one thing Van Dijk doesn’t like, it is conceding goals. And the defender was absolutely livid when Teemu Pukki netted midway through the second half, berating those around him.

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Adrian, newly installed between the sticks, must now realise why Alisson kept so many clean sheets last season. Who in their right mind would want to irk big Virg?

Sock it to the kit manufacturers

It seems everybody loves Liverpool’s new home kit, the pinstripes a nod to the strip worn by the all-conquering team of the early 1980s.

But then there are the socks, which can only be described as being two-thirds red and one-third white. And people don’t like them at all, if social media is any barometer.

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Indeed, the view from the stands made it look as though all the outfield players had strapping around their ankles.

Not a bad way to hide an injury from a opponent. Otherwise, that white is not all right.



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