Liverpool lose Alisson to injury in Premier League opener

Ross Houston
August 11, 2019

Jurgen Klopp insisted there was no reason for Liverpool to parade the Champions League trophy ahead of their win over Norwich City, saying it was time to move on.

Liverpool cruised to a 4-1 victory over newly-promoted Norwich on Friday night, with all four goals coming before the half-time break.

Juergen Klopp's side, runners-up to Manchester City last season, swept aside fellow German Daniel Farke's team with their trademark attacking verve, taking a 3-0 lead inside 28 minutes.

Norwich captain Grant Hanley's hapless own goal just seven minutes in set the tone for what could be a long season for the Canaries before Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi netted as Liverpool shot out of the blocks.

Speaking at his post-match media conference about the severity of Alisson's injury, Klopp ruled out the Brazilian goalkeeper featuring against Chelsea FC next week.

Adrian, just four days after signing for the club on a free transfer, came on to make his Reds debut as Alisson hobbled off, and the 32-year-old now stands to start against Chelsea in Istanbul. Of course, we have to defend a bit more solid, but it's also a few lessons for the lads on the pitch to learn.

The Canaries were 4-0 down at half-time and 3-0 down after just 30 minutes, with Grant Hanley scoring a terrible own-goal to put Liverpool ahead in the 7th minute.

After Liverpool had to change its goalkeepers - with Alisson replaced by Adrian - Krul conceded again before halftime when Origi slipped his marker to meet Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross.

The East Anglians got a reward for their efforts when, moments after substitute Moritz Leitner struck the bar, their Finnish striker Pukki got a goal back in the 64th with a smart finish after being found by a clever Emiliano Buendia pass. "The mentality to win the second half in front of an excited home crowd, we showed great character".

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