Liverpool dominated Norwich in their season opener but Alisson’s calf injury makes the headlines.
The Reds were quick out of the blocks, scoring their first goal in the early minutes of the game and never looked back.
Three more goals followed before the halftime whistle blew and although Norwich brought one back in the second period, the damage was done.Embed from Getty Images
Here are the three main takeaways from Friday’s opener.
Alisson Out for Nearly Two Months
Liverpool’s star keeper has apparently torn his right calf during the game and could end up spending up to weight weeks on the sideline.
The Brazilian No. 1 injured his leg on a goal kick attempt in the 38th minute and was swiftly replaced by newcomer Adrian.
This could seriously hurt the Reds going forward as Alisson was an integral part of their success last season.
He became the first goalkeeper in history to win three golden gloves in a single season. Winning one for the Premier League, Champions League and Copa America.
Understudy Adrian sure has some big gloves to fill.
Bobby is Liverpool’s Most Important Player
Alisson’s compatriot Bobby was far and away Liverpool’s most relentless player. And it wasn’t the first time.
Charging down opposition defence, silky with the quick one-twos, and my-oh-my those acrobatic shots.
You build your team around a rock like Virgil van Dijk but you pay tickets to watch Bobby Firmino.http://gty.im/1167062267
One of the most unselfish forwards in the game and somehow he continues to be underrated by many.
Unlucky not to score on a number of occassions but you’d be surprised if he doesn’t end up having his most productive season for the Reds.
Origi Stars in First-half Goal Fest
Playing on the left of the front-three has never really allowed Origi to flourish.
He’s more of a direct player. A focal point leading the attack.
But after an impressive end to last season, where the Belgian earned cult hero status with Liverpool fans the world over. “Big Div” has learned to shine running down the left flank.
It was Divock’s cross that deflected off of poor Grant Hanley for the game’s first goal. And it was Origi again, minutes before the half when his glancing header beat Tim Krul.Embed from Getty Images
He has always been a naturally gifted footballer and it seems his reading of the game has matured over the past year.
Even though Norwich managed to pull one back late, Reds fans can be excited that this team is INFINITELY BETTER than last season. Regardless of lack of transfers.