The customary opening day goal from Mohamed Salah capped off a record-breaking performance from the Egyptian at Carrow Road, as the Liverpool man curled in a delightful effort to put the game to bed against Norwich after setting up Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino’s earlier strikes.
In doing so, Salah became the first player in Premier League history to score on the opening day five seasons in a row, and with rumours of a new deal
which would represent the most expensive in the Reds’ history circulating, the 29-year-old has certainly proven that he deserves the bumper package.
After 90 minutes of action, the Premier League table has a very retro feel to it – Manchester United at the top, Chelsea second and Liverpool third –
but with key players returning from injury layoffs and plenty more committing their futures to the club, Klopp’s men are making statements both off and on the field.
Picking up from where they left off last season, Liverpool’s emphatic win over Norwich stretched their unbeaten run in the top flight to 11 games and extended their winning run to six games – the last three of which have seen the 2019-20 champions keep clean sheets.
Liverpool’s six-game losing run at home shocked fans and neutrals to the core, but they gleaned 10 points from the last 12 on offer at Anfield last term and have not lost their first home game of the season since the 2003-04 campaign against Chelsea, whom they will do battle with on Merseyside in gameweek three.
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Burnley also picked up where they left off last season, but Sean Dyche’s men did not have anything to write home about, as Brighton came from behind to claim an opening-day 2-1 success in front of the returning Turf Moor crowd.
James Tarkowski took all of two minutes to brush aside Neal Maupay and head the hosts in front, but after rattling the woodwork twice and squandering bountiful opportunities to add to their lead, Dyche’s men paid the price.
Unlike their three end-of-season defeats last term, Dyche’s side did actually manage to make the net ripple this time around, but they are now at risk of losing five Premier League games in a row for the first time ever as another inevitable battle to avoid the drop looms