Liverpool 1-0 Norwich: Supersub Sadio saves the day for Reds

Liverpool 1-0 Norwich - Supersub Sadio saves the day for Reds
Liverpool 1-0 Norwich - Supersub Sadio saves the day for Reds

Liverpool edge past Norwich city to register a 1-0 win at Carrow Road, as super-sub Sadio Mane scored at 78th minute of the match. With today’s match, Liverpool are now unbeaten in 43 league games, closing in on Arsenal’s all-time record of 49.

It means that winning next five matches from their remaining 12 games would ensure their first Premier League title in 30 years. They have dropped just two points at Old Trafford in their entire 2019-20 campaign. They had an embarrassing 25 points lead against defending champions Manchester City.

Norwich City had their share of chances in the first half, but Liverpool come back in the second period – Alisson had a huge save to intercept a Lucas Rupp pass to Pukki in the first half. After break, Canaries goalkeeper Tim Krul making a stunning double save to deny Mohamed Salah’s low shot and Naby Keita’s close-range follow-up.

Sadio Mane came off the bench to score the winner with 12 minutes remaining, expertly taking down skipper Jordan Henderson’s raking pass and smashing in at the near post. Sadio Mane scored the 100th goal of his English club career in all competitions, scoring 25 for Southampton and 75 for Liverpool.

Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their past 11 Premier League matches, this after having only kept one shutout in the previous 11 such games before this.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool Manager

“The gap is so insane, I don’t really understand it,” Jurgen 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.’

Daniel Farke, Norwich City Manager

Norwich failed to attempt a single shot in the first half of a league game for the first time under Daniel Farke, and the first time in any league match overall since April 2014 v Manchester United.

Farke told BBC Sport: “Performance-wise we were pretty good in many topics, sadly one topic was missing, to be clinical in our finishing. We had our chance in the first half.”