The nature of Liverpool’s ascent to greatness in the Premier League has been quite the spectacle over the course of the last few months, to the point where their 25-point lead no longer seems like a fluke or something that was manufactured. Now, in late February, Liverpool are just five wins away from becoming the Champions of England once again after a tight win over Norwich City.
The Canaries were holding out well for large periods of the game but there was a real issue with the strength the Reds were able to show as they dug deep and got the job done.
Getting it done
Liverpool were able to ramp up the pressure as time went on and with just over 10 minutes to go, it was the hero that is Sadio Mane who popped up and gave Norwich hell in the dying moments of the game.
After the success, Jurgen Klopp had the following to say about his side’s rise towards prominence.
The gap is so insane, I don’t really understand it,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “I am not smart enough. I have not had that before. It is outstanding, so difficult.
“I go back into the changing room and we chat about the things and then I am like ‘Oh, but congratulations. We won the game, another three points.'”
What comes next?
“We protected against the counter-attack well too. It’s really all about these wonderful football players.”
Norwich will continue to look for signs that indicate they could survive but given the general state of the league, as it stands, it definitely seems unlikely. There just doesn’t seem to be the kind of deep-rooted confidence that everyone was able to gravitate towards in a strong environment.
The top vs bottom element of this game definitely added a sense of intrigue and made things a whole lot more nervy as a result for the Reds. In what many will describe as the greatest Premier League campaign of all time, they’ll have their eyes set on an unbeaten season now – even if they don’t want to admit that at such an early stage.
Norwich: Krul (7), Byram (6.5), Hanley (7.5), Zimmermann (7), Aarons (7), McLean (7), Tettey (7), Cantwell (7), Duda (6.5), Rupp (6.5), Pukki (6), Lewis (7), Drmic (6), Buendia (6)
Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (7.5), Gomez (6.5), van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Keita (7.5), Henderson (7.5), Wijnaldum (6.5), Salah (6.5), Firmino (6.5), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6.5), Milner (6), Mane (7), Fabinho (6.5)
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Yellow Cards: Hanley, Keita, Mane
Red Cards: N/A
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