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Liverpool's win over Norwich in Premier League opener comes at a cost

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Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2019, 09:30

Teemu Pukki (64') scored a consolation goal for the visitors in the second half.

The severity of the injury isn't known yet but it will rule him out of the UEFA Super Cup match against Europa League victor Chelsea on Thursday in Istanbul.

Liverpool are reportedly contemplating offering goalkeeper Andy Lonergan a short-term contract in the wake of Alisson's opening day calf injury.

However, there was a significant setback on the night with goalkeeper Alisson Becker limping off before the break with a calf injury, forcing Adrian into making his debut just four days after signing as a free agent, and leaving Klopp with a potential headache at the back. Meanwhile, substitute Onel Hernandez became the first Cuban to play in the Premier League.

"There is actually nothing bad to say about the game apart from Ali's injury".

"It was always going to be tough but there are positives we can take from it", young defender Godfrey said.

It was the only blot on Liverpool's start of the attempt to be champions of England for the first time since 1990, having been beaten to the trophy in May by Manchester City by one point before winning the Champions League.

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I thought it would have been a lot quicker to be honest, but I'm here now and I'm ready to get started". He can be a game-changer, bring him on defensively obviously in the air.

Grant Hanley's unfortunate own goal had opened the scoring for the European champions, before Mohamed Salah's strike then rapidly doubled the hosts' lead.

A Golden Boot victor in each of the past two seasons, Salah opened his account for the season with a calm finish from Roberto Firmino's pass on 19 minutes.

"We caused them many, many problems and I've been told no team had as many shots on goal last season at Anfield as we had".

Seconds later and it was 3-0 as Norwich's terrible defending was exposed again to leave Van Dijk free to head home from a Salah corner.

The 37-year-old has bucket loads of Premier League nous after stints with Wigan and Bolton, where he made 111 Premier League appearances, keeping 23 clean sheets.

"I'm in love with this team, and in love with this club, and in love with these fans". In the second half we created some chances, but could have controlled the game a little bit better.