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Egyptian king gives instant reward to fans.

Byline: IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer at Carrow Road

LIVERPOOL began their Premier League campaign with an impressive win at Norwich City on Saturday.

Diogo Jota, substitute Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah all scored as the Reds cruised to a 3-0 triumph against the newly-promoted side.

The result means Jurgen Klopp's side have made a winning start to the season for the fourth year in a row.

But there was plenty that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes at Carrow Road.

Salah chant prompts instant reward New season, same old Mohamed Salah. The forward was up to his usual opening weekend tricks with a reminder of why he is Liverpool's best and most important player. And, as at home to Newcastle United two seasons ago, he was able to conjure up a goal on demand for Reds supporters.

The away end had broken into a loud chant praising the Egyptian King when, at the very same moment, the ball dropped to Salah's feet from a corner and he promptly did the rest.

Now, if that doesn't show the influence of supporters watching from inside a stadium, nothing will.

Milner wakes up Tsimikas Kostas Tsimikas enjoyed a pretty impressive full Premier League debut for Liverpool, but it wasn't without its faults.

Not least when the tiring Greek was caught dozing during the second half and lost possession in a dangerous area.

The threat ultimately dissipated, but that didn't prevent Tsimikas being given a quick, sharp slap around the chops from skipper James Milner urging him to stay more alert.

Welcome to the Liverpool first team, Kostas.

Klopp hopping mad Jurgen Klopp was all smiles before and after the game, delighted with the return of full stadia and pleased with his team's ultimately comfortable win.

However, that didn't stop him becoming animated on the touchline as Liverpool were given some difficult moments by an energetic Norwich City.

And during the second half, Klopp could be spotted jumping up and down with his hands on his head as the hosts threatened on a counter-attack.

When it comes to emotionally investing in a match, few can surpass the Liverpool boss.

Alisson not flagging Norwich did their best to ensure a party atmosphere on their return to the Premier League with a first game in front of a packed Carrow Road in almost 18 months.

Canaries fans were each given a plastic yellow or green flag to wave when the teams came out, making for a colourful spectacle.

One such flag, though, made its way on to the pitch, Alisson Becker then removing it from his penalty area to jeers from the home supporters.

They weren't too happy either when the goalkeeper casually pulled off a remarkable triple save towards the end to preserve his clean sheet.

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Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the third goal in the win at Norwich City in front of the travelling fans at Carrow Road - moments after they were chanting his name JOHN POWELL

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Author:IAN DOYLE Chief LFC Writer at Carrow Road
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 16, 2021
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