LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Liverpool opened its bid to end a 30-year English title drought by beating Premier League newcomer Norwich City 4-1 on Friday but lost goalkeeper Alisson to injury.
In his first game since Brazil’s victorious Copa America final a month ago, Alisson was forced off in the first half at Anfield with a calf injury. The severity of the injury isn’t known yet but it will rule him out of the UEFA Super Cup match against Europa League winner Chelsea on Wednesday in Istanbul.
“He couldn’t carry on,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “That’s not a good sign.”
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.
Liverpool was gifted an opener seven minutes into season when Grant Hanley deflected Divock Origi’s cross into his own net.
Mohamed Salah steered in the second goal in the 19th minute after Roberto Firmino slid the ball behind the Norwich defense. Salah turned provider in the 28th, swinging in a corner that Van Dijk headed past goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Krul conceded again before halftime when Origi slipped his marker to meet Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross.