Norwich received a baptism of fire in their first match of the 2019/2020 Premier League campaign, a 4-1 bashing in the hands of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
What does that loss tell one about Norwich?
Its hard to read between the lines in a 38 Matches League campaign, from the aftermath of just one match.
The scoreline alone could be flattering as the newly promoted Norwich brought the game to Liverpool and recorded some firsts at Anfield.
Those who saw the match would notice few things about Norwich including courage and bravery to have a real go against a Liverpool side that finished 2nd in the Premier League last season.
Norwich had seven attempts on goal in the first half, more than any Premier League opponent had at Anfield last season– This is more than impressive when you realise that it means more attempts than Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Wolves, Manchester United, Leicester City and the likes.
After 90 minutes of football action, they had five shots on target. The most by any other visiting team in the past 18 months is three. Again, this is more than impressive for a team that was just playing in the championship few months ago.
Norwich played out from the back and pushed their full-backs forward causing problems for Liverpool.
The space between Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez was a worry for the home side throughout and it allowed Pukki to eventually penetrate and score for Norwich in the second half.
Daniel Farke, the Norwich coach summed it all up rightly: “I love this team and the players and the character we showed today. We have to stick to our beliefs. I want us to be brave and go out and play like it’s playing football with mates. Of course, we have to be a bit more solid and concentrated in defence, but we have injured players coming back and it’s a few lessons to the lads on the pitch to learn as small details at this level can make a big difference.”
Norwich host Newcastle in their first home game back in the Premier League on Saturday and if they play the same way they played against Liverpool and with some players returning from injury, coupled with new signings given a chance, perhaps, they would be celebrating their first points of the new season.