Liverpool and Manchester City picked off from where they left off last season with another heavy scoreline against different opponents in matchday one of English premier league.
Liverpool scored four first-half goals as they started the new premier league season with a blistering performance to demolish newly-promoted Norwich City at Anfield.
Norwich captain Grant Hanley scored the opening goal of the top-flight season when he sliced Divock Origi’s cross into his own net before Mohammed Salah opened his account after a pass by Roberto Firmino.
German midfielder Marco Stipermann forced a fine save by reds keeper Alisson before an unmarked Virgil van Dijk headed the third from Salah’s corner, Origi nodding the fourth after a stunning pass by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Teemu Pukki’s composed finish reduced the deficit after liverpool lost alisson to injury, the brazil keeper replaced by new signing Adrian after slipping while taking a first-half goal-kick.
meanwhile at the academy stadium,Raheem sterling scored a hat-trick as Manchester city got their title defence off to a winning start with victory at west ham in game that saw the video assistant referee play a significant role for the first time in the premier league.
the technology is making its debut in England’s top flight this season and, after last night’s curtain raiser between Liverpool and Norwich passed off without incident, it took centre-stage on Saturday.
VAR was first called on when Gabriel Jesus appeared to have put city 3-0 up midway through the second half, only for Raheem sterling to be ruled fractionally offside in the build-up.
after sterling added city’s third, a moment also reviewed for possible offside, the system then awarded the visitors a penalty retake after Sergio Aguero’s tame effort was saved by Lukas Fabianski but Declan Rice was deemed to have encroached into the area.
the striker made no mistake at the second attempt