1) Defensive Delight

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The Liverpool defence was always going to be a talking point on Saturday as Klopp’s side lined up for their first Premier League fixture against Norwich. Virgil van Dijk rejoined the back four after missing 10 months in a Red shirt through the terrible injury he picked up in a clash with Jordan Pickford against Everton in October 2020.

Within minutes, it was like the Dutchman had never been away, he was slick and totally in control, at stages using just his mere presence to force Norwich errors. Perhaps surprisingly though, it wasn’t just Virgil from the Liverpool defence capturing the attention.

Post-match, several Liverpool fans noted another impressive 90 minutes from Joel Matip. It’s no secret that Joel has struggled with injury during his time at L4, but when you look back and focus on his performances, he seems to go under the radar. However, he’s rarely put a foot wrong and on Saturday was a solid partner for Virgil’s return, just as desperate to see out and protect Liverpool’s clean sheet.

Last but not least, Tsimikas who entered the Liverpool defence after the late injury to Andy Robertson in pre-season, also performed pretty well. There were a couple of hairy moments, one followed up by a supportive tap on the cheek from James Milner, but in general, I thought Kostas did really well. I particularly enjoyed his corners too!

2) Firepower

There has been a lot of discussion, and rightly so, around Liverpool’s transfer dealings so far this season and while we still wait to see if anybody else is signed, the Reds proved on Saturday they still have plenty of firepower.

Diogo Jota opened up the scoring with a lovely finish after 26 minutes for Liverpool. If he can stay fit this season, I genuinely think he’ll be pushing for the golden boot.

Bobby Firmino replaced Jota at 61 minutes and took just four minutes to find the back of the net. A close-range tap in for the Brazilian put the Reds 2-0 up thanks to a pass from an unselfish Mo Salah.

Finally, Mo netted Liverpool’s third with a lovely strike! The goal means he is the first player to score on the opening weekend of the Premier League for five seasons in a row.

3) No Specs

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I couldn’t write this blog without mentioning Klopp’s lack of glasses… I mean, I don’t know about you but I just don’t like it, it makes me feel uneasy haha.

Apparently, he had a successful eye operation in the summer which is great news but I am still secretly hoping he’ll just wear some frames without lenses? Just to make us all feel better?

4) Midfield Options

Along with the Liverpool defence, Liverpool’s midfield was also a significant talking point on Saturday. The Reds started with Milner, Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain in the middle of the park and I can’t deny I was slightly concerned at kick off.

They performed ok but it certainly wasn’t the preferred lineup for me. I also still have doubts over the likes of Keita and Ox, don’t get me wrong, on their day they can cause real problems for the opposition but I worry about consistency. I didn’t watch a lot of pre-season but from what I could tell Keita impressed and I really hope he gets a few chances to prove himself this season but I just can’t see him being a long term presence in midfield.

For me, it has to be Fabinho, Henderson and Thiago when all are available.

5) Return of the Travelling Kop

Finally, it was brilliant to see the return of the travelling Kop on Saturday but I was saddened to read today about some fans chanting homophobic abuse. A strong statement from both Kop Outs and the club will hopefully make people consider their actions in future.