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Norwich City 0-1 Liverpool: 5 Hits and Flops from the game | Premier League 2019-20

Modified 16 Feb 2020, 02:00 IST
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# Flop: Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah's activity inside the Norwich penalty area was extremely rusty

There was an obvious statement of involvement from Mohamed Salah throughout the game, but he largely played away from the best we've seen of him.

Mainly, it was the Egyptian's touch that let him down. Every single time he got in beyond the opposition defensive line, he failed to gather the ball as he'd have liked or pick a pass. Salah was often guilty of dribbling more than required in a system that effectuated on passing.

He wasn't there to finish off final balls, and when he did find an opportunity or a clear sight of goal, the 27-year-old couldn't pervade an empty space. Rather, he failed to sort his feet out and most of the times, saw his effort blocked.

On the overall note, Salah looked far more rusty, blunt and lean on an evening where Liverpool had to work their way through a packed Norwich defence. He could have, and should have, picked out passes better as well. 

#3 Hit: Tim Krul

Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City - Premier League
Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City - Premier League

For most part of the game, and surely throughout the course of the season, Tim Krul has remained one of Norwich City's best performers in a rather torrid return to the PL.


The veteran shot-stopper was there to organise a six-man backline, with the main idea of choking the Liverpool full-backs for space and thereby drawing the wingers wider than they usually prefer to run the show from. Krul made a couple of smart saves, also offering the extra shout during corners to get the angles and man-marking right.

But none other than his double save - a moment that defied human reflexes and laws of elasticity - caught the eye. Perhaps, keeping in mind the context and battle, it was a greater moment than Mane's goal itself.

The Dutchman, in front of his onlooking national team coach, stretched brilliantly to his left to parry away a close-range Salah effort, before rising back in a split second and then smothering Keita from three yards out.

Also read: 5 things we have learnt about Liverpool so far this season

Published 16 Feb 2020, 02:00 IST
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