Liverpool 3-1 Norwich – Liverpool FC Player Ratings vs Norwich city.
Liverpool FC returned to premier league action with several changes to the squad against Norwich and had to come from behind to secure all three points at Anfield on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool 3-1 Norwich City
Goals: Mane 64′, Salah 67′, Diaz 80′; Rashica 47′
Alisson Becker – 8 (out of 10)
Allison contributed right from the start which was fast and pretty much spot-on – but very little can compare to his assist for Liverpool’s second goal, an inch-perfect, long-range pass right onto Salah’s feet
Joe Gomez – 8
Joe Gomez was a surprise starter at right-back for his first time in the league this premier season and had himself a very solid first 45′.
Although the right-back isn’t his best or preferred role but he did everything he’s capable of to stretch the attack.
Joel Matip – 6
it was mostly a case of holding up and recycling the ball for Matip, but he was also caught out with a couple of the more direct passes in behind him on the counters.
Virgil van Dijk – 7
VVD was Impervious in the air against Norwich’s clearance and crosses.
Kostas Tsimikas – 7
but Kostas fired over from all of three yards in the first half from Salah’s cross.
Pretty good aside from that though, defending with aggression most of the game and finding a smart-headed assist for Mane’s equaliser.
Jordan Henderson – 8
Another who had a hit-and-miss first half, with some of his defensive work both important and diligent.
Some of his passing forward was creative and at a good tempo, keeping the Reds on the front foot, and he was involved in the build-up to the equaliser.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 5
Chamberlain started and finished the first half involved and looking sharp, but in between, there was an awful lot of clearly rusty approach play and off-the-ball running.
Naby Keita – 7
Defended well and covered back in key areas; possibly unlucky to be subbed for a formation switch.
Mohamed Salah – 9 (Man of the Match)
His footwork and ball control was electric and he was constantly the player creating danger for the Reds – the amount of times he dribbled between two and three defenders was quite something.
It was inevitable Salah would score today and when he did, it was worth the wait: magic first touch, composure.
Luis Diaz – 8
A few rusty touches and tackles, but also laid on a few chances and had a great chance or two he fashioned for himself.
Hard-working and dangerous at times but the end product wasn’t quite there until he went right up front in the final quarter – and found a perfectly dinked clip for his first Liverpool goal.
Sadio Mane – 8
Sadio Mane was the No 9, showing great link play, inventiveness with his turns and intent to shoot and no shortage of pressing at all, fewer effective dribbles, not quite as much initial acceleration, but still incredible in the air, with hold-up play.
And he scored a world class goal, too.
Thiago (on for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 62′) – 8 – Put on an absolute show. Simple as that.
Divock Origi (on for Keita, 62′) – 7 –good to see him back to fitness. Caused the visitors problems as part of a two-man front line.
Takumi Minamino (on for Diaz, 89′) – n/a – The facilitator of a standing ovation for Luis!
Subs not used: Kelleher, Konate, Robertson,Fabinho, Milner, Elliott,
Jurgen Klopp – 8
A much-changed side from the boss, far more than he usually would rotate, as he looks to make the most of having almost a full squad available.
Good subs and a tactical switch that paid off with immediate results.