Liverpool were not at their supreme best were just about clinical enough to wrap up a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Norwich City on Saturday. Coming in as substitute, Sadio Mane scored in the 78th minute to guide Liverpool home an open up a stunning 25-point lead at the top of the Premier League standings. Also Read - EPL Club Arsenal to Resume Training From Next Week
Despite lacking finishing touches, Liverpool were the superior of the two sides – firing 17 shots on target compared to Norwich’s one. Tim Krul, the Norwich goalkeeper executed an amazing double save, when he avoided a Mohammed Salah strike and later getting his hand to a close-range kick from Naby Keita. Also Read - Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Reveals Fear of Getting Sacked Upon Arrival at Anfield
Liverpool dominated possession and it almost culminated into an early goal with Trent Alexander-Arnold coming close to scoring the opener. Norwich messed up a chance of their own when Lukas Rupp seemed to be threatening for a one-on-one contest but Liverpool’s defence was top notch with Allison taking tapping the ball to his feet. Also Read - Determined Paul Pogba 'Hungry' to Return to Action
In the second-half, Liverpool threw a barrage of strikes at Krul, with the Norwich goalkeeper standing defiantly to put away them all. Before the double save, Krul got a fingertip to a powerful shot from Keita. Near about the 80th minute, Liverpool brought Sane for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and he picked up a flighted pass from Jordan Henderson, beautifully controlling it with his left foot and swiftly sending it low past Krul to score his 100th goal across all competitions since arriving in England.
“It was a difficult game for different reasons,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said. “The wind, the organisation of the opponent and the way we played in the first half made it tricky for us. The good thing is when you don’t play too well in the first half it’s easy to improve. Sadio was fresh and made the difference.”
Alexander Tetty produced the only real scoring chance for Norwich, but all he managed was striking the woodwork. Otherwise, Norwich’s possession in the Reds’ half was far and few.
“It was moment of magic from Mane to win the game,” Norwich boss Daniel Farke said. “We were pretty close to coming away with a good result. The lads left their hearts on the pitch. It was a must goal. Two-on-one on the keeper. We should have been a bit more tidy.”
As for Liverpool, they are just 15 points away from assuring themselves the English Premier League title.