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Free video: Watch Sadio Mane's clinical winner against Norwich

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 21:30

Sadio Mane returned to action with a sumptuous goal to give Liverpool three points on Saturday - watch it in our free video now.

Mane was a second-half substitute in the Premier League clash with Norwich City at Carrow Road and settled the game 12 minutes from time.

Controlling Jordan Henderson's lofted pass into the box with his right foot, the No.10 turned and drove a finish inside the near post off his left.

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Free video: Watch Sadio Mane's clinical winner against Norwich

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 21:30
Sadio Mane returned to action with a sumptuous goal to give Liverpool three points on Saturday - watch it in our free video now.
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Jurgen Klopp praises Sadio Mane’s “perfect” return from injury at Norwich

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 20:59

Jurgen Klopp hailed Sadio Mane’s “perfect” injury return as the fit-again striker bagged a vital winner at Norwich.

Senegal attacker Mane climbed off the bench to prod home and seal Liverpool’s 17th straight Premier League win in a scrappy affair at Carrow Road.

The wind and rain of Storm Dennis spoiled any chance of attractive football, and the Reds rode their luck en route to yet another league win.

Boss Klopp’s men are now just one win away from matching Manchester City’s Premier League record run of 18 consecutive victories.

The Reds will now make the trip to Atletico Madrid for Tuesday’s Champions League last 16 first-leg clash, with Klopp tipping Mane to be ready to star again in Spain.

“It helps when you have such quality on the bench to bring on,” said Klopp.

“Yes Sadio could have started today of course but I want to have a free decision for Tuesday.

“You don’t think they should play two games in such quick succession.

“The quality of the others is just too big that you have to push somebody through.

“It was perfect for Sadio to have a few minutes but it looked like he was ready, yes.”

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Liverpool flailed for fluency in a challenging first half as the conditions ruined the Carrow Road encounter.

Mane removed any frustrations though by plucking Henderson’s lofted pass out of the air with a fine first touch, before poking past Tim Krul to kill the Canaries’ stubborn resistance.

Mane had hobbled out of Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Wolves on January 23, but was quickly back to his best in Norfolk on a stormy Saturday night.

Mere formalities remain before Liverpool seal their first top-flight title since 1990, but manager Klopp admitted his side had struggled against the elements in Norwich.

“It’s easy to talk about the wind and things like that, but on the pitch the boys have to deal with it,” said Klopp.

“We played for sure two, three, four long balls too many and the formation wasn’t prepared for that.

“So we weren’t there for the second balls. Our positioning was not exactly like it should have been.

“Once we changed in this specific formation, and [Todd] Cantwell reacting on him like man-marking.

“Then our midfield was sometimes surprised by the long balls of our centre-halves so didn’t push up early enough. It was obviously much better in the second half.”

Norwich’s plight at the foot of the Premier League took another turn for the worse, but boss Daniel Farke is refusing to accept defeat in the Canaries’ battle to avoid the drop.

Sam Byram suffered a nasty-looking hamstring injury, leaving Farke hoping the full-back’s season has not now ended prematurely.

“It’s a muscle fibre problem in his hamstring,” said Farke.

“It was very painful for him, he left the ground on crutches so it will be a few weeks that he’s out.

“I hope the season is not over for him.

“I still believe in my players and I still believe we can achieve a miracle, and that’s why we’re still working that hard.”

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Norwich 0-1 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 20:28

Jürgen Klopp was delighted with the improvements Liverpool made in the second half on Saturday to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Norwich City.

The Reds moved 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League thanks to Sadio Mane's intervention off the bench. 

The forward was introduced after an hour at Carrow Road and netted the only goal of the encounter 18 minutes later to see the Reds extend their lead at the summit. 

Read on for a summary of Klopp's post-match press conference... 

On Mane's influence on the game…

It helps when you have such quality on the bench to bring on. Sadio could have started today, of course, but I wanted to have a free decision for Tuesday actually. I don't think too often and too much about these games but when two players are back from injuries, like Sadio and Fabinho, you don't think they can play two games. [Don't think they] should play; can, yes, if you have to, but should play. And the quality of the other boys is just too big that you have to push somebody through. It was perfect for Sadio today to get a few minutes. It looked like he was ready, yes.

On what didn't go right for Liverpool in the first half…

It's easy to talk about the wind and stuff like this, but on the pitch the boys have to deal with it. We played, for sure, two or three or four long balls too many. The formation was not prepared for that so we were not there for the second balls and stuff like this. We didn't obviously feel that we can play the balls through the smaller gaps. That was the wind but it would be still right. The positioning was then not exactly like it should have been. For example, it was pretty obvious Trent's position in the first half was too often deep and wide instead of wide and high, which we changed, in this specific formation with 4-4-2 defending and Cantwell pretty much reacting on him like in a man-marking system. So, that gives so many different options then immediately.

Obviously our midfield was sometimes surprised by the long balls of our centre-halves and just couldn't push up early enough or quick enough, so we didn't win the second balls and all these kind of things. You need to get used to circumstances and after 45 minutes we knew how it feels. More information from us at half-time and we could improve, that was obviously much better then second half. We had so many counter-press situations where we won the ball back, where we put them under pressure, kept them under pressure and scored a wonderful goal. That's it.

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Norwich 0-1 Liverpool: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 20:28
Jürgen Klopp was delighted with the improvements Liverpool made in the second half on Saturday to secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Norwich City.
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Sadio Mane: It's just one more step - we'll carry on

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:54

Sadio Mane refused to stray from Liverpool's 'one game at a time' mentality after his strike off the bench against Norwich City sent his side 25 points clear.

On his first appearance since suffering an injury at Wolverhampton Wanderers three weeks ago, Mane thumped a clinical 78th-minute finish beyond Tim Krul to give the Reds a 1-0 result at Carrow Road.

It was the 25th victory from 26 Premier League matches this term for Jürgen Klopp’s side and the match-winner insisted they will not change their mindset as they move closer to their target.

“It was the target from the beginning,” said Mane, when asked about the title by Sky Sports post-match. “We are doing very well. We still have more games, [it’s] one step.

“We will do everything possible as a team and carry on in the same way. We’ll see what’s going to happen at the end of the season.”

Mane’s goal was his 100th in all competitions for English clubs – 75 for Liverpool after hitting 25 for Southampton before switching to the Reds in 2016.

The Senegal international was pleasantly surprised by the landmark, which represented an ideal comeback after his injury lay-off.

“Really! Wow, thank you,” he said.

“It was not easy [being out injured]. As a football player everyone wants to play all the time, but you have to deal with it. I went for some treatment, I worked hard and I came back.

“We are a strong team and the boys do a great job. We are Liverpool, we are a strong team and we’re happy with our result today.”

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Sadio Mane: It's just one more step - we'll carry on

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:54
Sadio Mane refused to stray from Liverpool's 'one game at a time' mentality after his strike off the bench against Norwich City sent his side 25 points clear.
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Mane’s big moment allows Reds to weather the storm – 5 talking points from Norwich 0-1 Liverpool

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:46

On a blustery evening at Carrow Road, Liverpool grafted and clawed for openings against an impressive Norwich side, with quality in reserve sealing the 1-0 win.

Norwich 0-1 Liverpool

Premier League (26), Carrow Road
February 15, 2020

Goals: Mane 78′

Mane’s the Wind Beneath Klopp’s Wings

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After Storm Ciara ravaged the Premier League in the first weekend of the winter break, it was the turn of Storm Dennis to threaten quality and even participation in its second.

There was little chance of Liverpool’s visit to Carrow Road being called off, but winds of 60mph were promised at kickoff, which could have played into Norwich’s hands.

To their credit, neither side altered their approach significantly, with the Reds still opting for long, raking balls forward whenever possible, and largely this paid off.

Wind has long been an issue Jurgen Klopp has highlighted in his tenure as manager on Merseyside, and often in a mocking tone by rival supporters, but it arguably aided Liverpool this time.

It took the quality of Sadio Mane to pluck Jordan Henderson‘s lofted pass down, and unlike Roberto Firmino in the first half he was able to complement his expert control with a emphatic finish.

Mane’s introduction changed the game entirely, with his pace, urgency and intricate attacking play keeping the wind in red sails with five more wins needed.

A Familiar Night for Naby

 Liverpool's Naby Keita looks dejected after missing a chance during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Naby Keita‘s Premier League career has a strange and impressive distinction, with the Guinean yet to suffer defeat in the English top flight, and his 33-game unbeaten streak the longest in the league’s history.

But as with on Saturday night, it is a competition he has rarely fully convinced in, with moments of artistry meshed with spells of anonymity.

His inclusion was understandable: it allowed Fabinho to rest, while his on-the-deck approach suited the conditions, allowing Liverpool to keep it down in midfield when required.

Only Trent Alexander-Arnold (110) had more touches than the 25-year-old (93), and he went close with a blast from outside the area, but fluffed his marquee moment.

With Tim Krul spilling a shot into his path in the six-yard box, Keita contrived to fire his follow-up shot straight at the goalkeeper, with a lack of composure depriving the No. 8 of another confidence-booster.

It should be noted, however, that this was Keita’s first start since Boxing Day, with only three substitute appearances coming between, and he was far from the worst player on the pitch.

A performance to build on for Naby.

Alisson’s Big Save

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker makes a save during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s No. 1 was one of the most talked-about players of the winter break, having joined his brother Muriel in training at Fluminense, and receiving praise from past and present members of Liverpool’s goalkeeper’s union.

Andy Lonergan labelled him the “the most humble guy I have ever met,” while Simon Mignolet described him as a “complete goalkeeper,” adding: “I don’t see anyone better in the world.”

Unlike his opposite number on Saturday, Alisson is rarely required to make more than one or two saves a game—but when he is called upon they are invariably worth the £65 million spent.

His most telling contribution at Carrow Road was one few goalkeepers would be able to produce, despite its relative simplicity; with two Norwich forwards bearing down on goal, he was able to dive and somehow claw away the squared pass to deny a tap-in.

It was a moment of almost unbelievable conviction that kept Liverpool in the game in the first half, and it is no rarity for the world’s best stopper.

A word of praise for Krul, too, with the Dutchman assured as ever between the sticks for the Canaries, as Ronald Koeman watched on from the stands.

Valiant in Defeat

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson (R) and Norwich City's Todd Cantwell during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On a night that saw Liverpool go 25 points above Man City—who are now staring into a self-induced abyss—it is worth acknowledging that Norwich are one of the sides to deliver the biggest blows to the defending champions.

Unlike in their Premier League opener at Anfield in August, the Canaries lived up to their billing as a dangerous side who, as Klopp explained in his pre-match address, “stick to their principles.”

Daniel Farke is an impressive young manager, and Norwich include a number of impressive young players in their ranks, most notably Todd Cantwell.

The 21-year-old was fouled as many times as the entire Liverpool side combined (five), with his deft movement, dribbling ability and eye for a pass troubling the Reds throughout.

Cantwell is representative of Farke’s ethos, and though it would be disappointing to see him leave if Norwich do suffer relegation, it would also be no surprise if he was on Klopp’s radar, particularly with Adam Lallana set to leave.

Planning for Madrid

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Ahead of the game, Klopp welcomed the benefits of recovery and recharging in the winter break, and cherished a near fully fit squad, with “good options” to choose from.

The manager threw something of a curveball by omitting Fabinho from his starting lineup, while caution was taken with Mane following his hamstring injury, with one eye clearly on the trip to Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

Such is the quality at Klopp’s disposal at this stage—which he described as “the decisive part of the season”—that neither Joel Matip or Takumi Minamino were named in the squad at Carrow Road.

Changes could be made at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the most likely casualties, and with hopes of a quintuple increasing the ability to rotate and continue to freshen things up is vital.

Atletico will be a much different proposition, and the solidity of Fabinho and end product of Mane could be crucial, and would vindicate Klopp’s big calls in Norfolk.

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Norwich 0-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:37

Liverpool battled to yet another win, grinding out a 1-0 win at Norwich thanks to substitute Sadio Mane‘s brilliant winner.

Norwich 0-1 Liverpool

Premier League, Carrow Road
February 15, 2020

Goals: Mane 78′

Alisson (out of 10) – 9 (Man of the Match)

Alisson has been in formidable form, conceding just once in the Premier League since November.

The Brazilian carried on in that vein on Saturday, with one wonderful piece of goalkeeping preventing Lukas Rupp giving Norwich the lead in the first half.

That was his standout moment, but he was reliable in all facets of his play, making an important late stop to deny Teemu Pukki.

The world’s best goalkeeper.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6

 Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses the ball during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This was an up-and-down showing from the youngster, who was looking to add to his 10 league assists so far this season.

The right-back fired wide seconds into the match and showcased his passing ability, but he was also a little sloppy in terms of his final ball – perhaps the wind playing its part there.

Like so many, he looked like a player lacking match practice.

Joe Gomez – 7

Looking to continue his fantastic run, Gomez was again partnered alongside Virgil van Dijk.

Liverpool enjoyed much of possession and the defender was rarely called into action, but he mopped up when needed and was solid on the ball.

It’s so easy to forget that he is only 22.

Virgil van Dijk – 7

Van Dijk carried on his ever-present record in the league this season, on what was a relatively quite evening for him.

Like Gomez, he did what was required, even though Liverpool occasionally looked susceptible with the ball over the top.

One pass flew into the stands, but this was another commanding showing from the towering centre-back.

Andy Robertson – 7

Having overcome an injury during the winter break, Robertson was looking to return to his very best again.

That didn’t prove to be the case, but he was still impressive down the left flank, rampaging forward and never tiring.

He got caught out of position a couple of times, but the positives outweighed the negatives, particularly after the break.

Jordan Henderson – 7

 Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson (R) and Norwich City's Todd Cantwell during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The skipper has been superb of late, but this was a less authoritative showing overall.

Henderson started the game looking leggy in the middle of the park, twice being caught out of position, but he grew into proceedings.

His passing was crisp and incise, and rather than simply sit in the No.6 role, he also used his dynamism to get forward on occasions.

Provided the assist for Mane – his fifth of the campaign.

Naby Keita – 6

Keita was Liverpool’s only change on the day, with the Guinean replacing Fabinho in Jurgen Klopp‘s starting lineup.

It was a mixed bag from him, with one lovely first-half dribble catching the eye, as well as some effective off-the-ball work.

He was indecisive several times on the ball, though, and missed a sitter when he looked certain to score. Still need a little bit more from him.

Gini Wijnaldum – 6

Wijnaldum is one of Klopp’s most trusted lieutenants, so it was no surprise to see him make his 33rd appearance of the season.

He was a fairly muted figure in Liverpool’s midfield, however, helping the Reds dictate the game but not always proving purposeful enough on the ball.

Substituted in the second half, presumably in preparation for Tuesday’s trip to Atletico Madrid.

Mohamed Salah – 6

Salah found top gear before the winter break, scoring four goals in as many league games, but he struggled against the Canaries.

Always a willing runner with pace to frighten the hosts’ defence, too often his final ball missed the target or his decision-making let him down.

His constant threat should never be underappreciated, but we should also be allowed to acknowledge his all-round game being below-par, which it was.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6

 Liverpool's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Oxlade-Chamberlain was deployed on the left-hand side of attack, retaining his place despite Sadio Mane‘s comeback from injury.

He worked hard throughout, harassing Max Aarons numerous times, but his influence was ultimately lacking in a role he can struggle in.

Replaced by Mane after the interval and Liverpool lacked far more dangerous thereafter.

Roberto Firmino – 8

Off the back of an assist-laden showing against Southampton, the Brazilian was his side’s best outfield player from the start.

That’s not to say he was at his most formidable, but he caught the eye with work-rate and class, producing one outrageous scooped pass to Wijnaldum.

A priceless footballer who is purring with quality at the moment, even though he missed late on.

Substitutes

Fabinho (on for Wijnaldum, 60′) – 7

Kept things ticking over and used the ball well while providing forward impetus.

Sadio Mane (on for Oxlade-Chamberlain, 60′) – 8

The match-winner, simple as that. Changed the game when he came on, showing searing pace and quick feet, and took his goal superbly.

James Milner (on for Keita, 84′) – N/A

Only on the pitch for a short time.

Subs not used: Adrian, Lovren, Lallana, Origi

Manager

 Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp before the FA Premier League match between Norwich City FC and Liverpool FC at Carrow Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jurgen Klopp – 7

This was always likely to be a tricky game due to rustiness after the winter break, but Klopp inspired yet another victory for Liverpool.

It was hard to argue with his starting lineup and he also made substitutions at the right time, with Fabinho allowing Henderson to roam and Mane proving to be the difference.

The German will hope the performance is a lot better away to Atletico, though, or they could slip up in Spain.

Seventy-six points from a possible 78 – cheers, boss.

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“Absolute machine,” “We shall not be moved!” – Liverpool fans react to win at Norwich

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:37

Liverpool prevailed over Norwich with a hard-fought 1-0 victory, and fans were delighted as Champions League football was confirmed for next season.

Norwich 0-1 Liverpool

Premier League, Carrow Road
February 15, 2020

Goals: Mane 78’

Normal service resumed for Liverpool as Premier League action was back on the agenda at a blustery Carrow Road.

A combative first half saw the Reds pepper Norwich’s goal but without any venom, guilty of overplaying and seeking the perfect avenue to goal.

The hosts had little to say in the opening half and while the effort would likely have been ruled out for offside, Alisson intervened superbly to again highlight his standing in world football.

The second half started as the first finished, with Liverpool dominating possession and territory but having little to show for it in the opposition’s box.

Naby Keita was afforded the best chance for the Reds but scuffed his shot from close range as Tim Krul stood firm, but Sadio Mane made an instant impact on his return from injury with a poised finish to seal a 17th successive league win this season.

Here’s how supporters reacted to the win on Twitter, Facebook and This Is Anfield’s forums.

After a frustrating performance Mane & Hendo combined to break the deadlock, much to the Reds’ relief…

Mané’s 75th goal for Liverpool, but his first off the bench.

GET IN.

— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) February 15, 2020

Hendo assist. That rubbish passer. ?

— Erin Mc (@ErinNYC75) February 15, 2020

The Mané man! ?

— Joanna Durkan (@JoannaDurkan_) February 15, 2020

“Mane a different class at times this season, got us some huge goals when we’ve been shit.”

Iluvatar on the forums.

Sadio scores the goal Bobby tried in the first. Copy cat killer.

— Zo (@NTXZO) February 15, 2020

Proof, if you needed it, of how important Sadio Mane is to Liverpool – they’ve been playing 40mph faster ever since he came on.

— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) February 15, 2020

Another one for the 'great Jordan Henderson assists' highlight reel, there.

— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) February 15, 2020

That was Hendo’s 9th big chabce created since November.

9 in his previous 2 and half seasons

Form of his life in the last 20 games

— SimonBrundish (@SimonBrundish) February 15, 2020

Alisson stood firm and received deserved adulation for a stunning save…

What a stop that is from Alisson! Looked a certain goal. Just offside but he wasn't to know that.

— Matt Addison (@MattAddison97) February 15, 2020

What a save. Wow.

— the unbearables (@UTFR92) February 15, 2020

Alisson Becker. pic.twitter.com/u4aW2WutqW

— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) February 15, 2020

Bargain of a goalkeeper, absolute steal.

— Jim Boardman (@JimBoardman) February 15, 2020

“What. A. Save. WOW. ALI WOW.”

Neukolln on the forums.

Alisson showing there why he won Lev Yashin award at Ballon d’Or vote. Concentration, anticipation, decisiveness, timing. Best goalkeeper in the world. #NORLIV

— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) February 15, 2020

Alisson Becker the best goalkeeper in the world right now by a country mile. Consistently delivers in decisive moments for Liverpool. The athleticism and timing of that save is ludicrous.

— Leanne Prescott (@_lfcleanne) February 15, 2020

It was anything but pretty, but the Liverpool machine again found a way to win to keep the momentum rolling…

That's a lovely way to win. Really had to graft for it, keep patience, and combat very tough weather conditions. Rarely easy to click straight back into gear after a break.

— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) February 15, 2020

Henderson man of the match, but Alisson was brilliant. Makes every LFC keeper I’ve seen look so average

— John O'Sullivan (@NotoriousJOS) February 15, 2020

“Scrappy game but job done. 25 points clear but still a 7 game cock-up buffer. To put it in perspective we are 25 points ahead of City in 2nd who are 25 points ahead of Bournemouth in 16th.” – RodM on the forums.

That will do nicely. Good second half performance. Make it virtually impossible for the opposition to not concede when the pressure is as relentless as that. Fabinho and Mane nicely warmed up for Atletico.

— Jack Sear (@JackSear) February 15, 2020

They always find a way don’t they

— John Bradley (@jbradleymedia) February 15, 2020

Firmino is sensational you know. What a footballer

— Spion Kop (@TheKopHQ) February 15, 2020

Absolute machine this Liverpool team. Not great today, tested by a decent Norwich side, had to cope with strong winds, and yet managed the game well and you just knew they’d score eventually after Mané came on the tempo of their attacking play rose. Five more wins.

— Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) February 15, 2020

And the result saw more the inevitable move closer as European football was secured for next season and it’s only February…

Liverpool have confirmed that they will definitely finish ahead of Manchester United this season.

It is February 15th.

— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) February 15, 2020

Champions League secured! Haha City.”

Iluvatar on the forums.

35 – Liverpool have scored in 35 consecutive Premier League games – only Arsenal (55 games between May 2001 – November 2002) and Man United (36 games between December 2007 – November 2008) have been on a longer such runs in the competition’s history. Unstoppable. #NORLIV pic.twitter.com/kJ87pYKc7V

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 15, 2020

25 points clear…. 5 more wins. Bloody ridiculous #LFC

— Jonathan Higgins (@Jhiggins3) February 15, 2020

Liverpool have only conceded one goal in 810 Premier League minutes (at Wolves, Jan 23). You can talk about them being ruthless scorers but the meanness of this defence has carried them further and further clear.

— Dominic King (@DominicKing_DM) February 15, 2020

We shall not be moved!
Tough game. Weather and a solid performance by Norwich meant we struggled at times. But this Liverpool team is a machine. Impact of Mane decisive. What a player

— Jeff Goulding (@ShanklysBoys1) February 15, 2020

That's Champions League football sorted for next season. In f**king February.

— Matthew Sproston (@spros1) February 15, 2020

Liverpool are 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League

Roy Hodgson accumulated 25 points in the Premier League during his 6 months as Liverpool manager.

It’s been a crazy last 10 years ?

— Jack Gill (@jacklfcgill) February 15, 2020

Five more wins to go. That’s the difference of having a world class bench, Mané raring to go. Doesn’t matter how this team win anymore, they just know they will. #LFCdigest pic.twitter.com/YvZBy1O9LL

— Danny Gallagher (@Danny7Gallagher) February 15, 2020

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Match report: Sadio Mane goal secures victory at Norwich

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:27

Liverpool moved 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League after Sadio Mane's second-half goal secured a 1-0 victory at Norwich City on Saturday evening.

Mane, returning to action after injury, came off the bench to score the only goal of the tense Carrow Road affair in the 78th minute.

Latching onto Jordan Henderson's ball into the box, the forward fired in at the near post to finally find a way through a spirited Norwich backline and secure victory for the Reds.

Team news

There was one change to the line-up that defeated Southampton in the last top-flight encounter, with Naby Keita coming in to make his 50th appearance for the Reds in place of Fabinho.

Mane and James Milner started on the bench after recovering from their muscular injuries.

First half

Liverpool signalled their intent in the affair with just 13 seconds on the clock as Trent Alexander-Arnold fired a shot towards goal from distance that went just wide. 

Roberto Firmino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then followed with unsuccessful efforts minutes later. 

The visitors continued to dominate possession but found clear-cut opportunities hard to come by during the first half. 

In fact, it was Norwich who produced the best chance in the opening 45 minutes, with Alisson Becker on hand to keep the encounter goalless. 

A long ball over the top sent Lukas Rupp through on goal and he was joined for company by Teemu Pukki. Rapp tried to play in his teammate inside the area, but the pass was expertly cut out by Liverpool's No.1.

Second half

The Reds continued asserting the pressure and they were only stopped from taking the lead before the hour mark by excellent saves from Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Naby Keita's effort from distance was tipped over before Krul saved a Virgil van Dijk header from the resulting corner.

Then, in the 59th minute, Salah did brilliantly to bring down a swirling ball under control and get a shot away.

That was parried out by Krul into the path of Keita, but the Norwich stopper was up quickly to bat away the rebound.

Mane and Fabinho were then introduced to proceedings, but the next chance would fall to the hosts.

Alex Tettey found space on the right and unleashed a low shot that struck the base of the near post.

However, that let-off for the Reds was soon followed by the game's opening goal.

Jordan Henderson aimed a diagonal ball towards a surrounded Mane inside the Norwich penalty area.

The No.10 managed to get on the ball, performing a swivel as he then stuck a powerful low effort that finally beat Krul.

Late efforts were to be had by both teams. Firmino blazed over from close range following a drilled Alexander-Arnold cross before Alisson saved from Pukki.

But Liverpool held on to secure their 25th win of the top-flight campaign.

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Match report: Sadio Mane goal secures victory at Norwich

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:27
Liverpool moved 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League after Sadio Mane's second-half goal secured a 1-0 victory at Norwich City on Saturday evening.
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Mane moves Liverpool 25 clear at top

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 19:21

Liverpool took another stride towards the Premier League title as they overcame Norwich 1-0 at a blustery Carrow Road thanks to Sadio Mane's second-half strike.

With Storm Dennis hitting East Anglia ahead of kick-off, the adverse weather conditions made the task of breaking down a gutsy Norwich team that bit more difficult for the league leaders.

Lukas Rupp spurned a glorious first-half chance and Alexander Tettey hit the post after the break, but Liverpool, as they have done all season, found a way as substitute Mane marked his return from injury with the winner 12 minutes from time.

The victory extends Liverpool's winning streak in the Premier League to 17 games, an incredible run that has moved them to within five more victories of a first league title in 30 years.

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Norwich: Krul (7), Aarons (7), Zimmermann (6), Hanley (6), Byram (5), Tettey (7), McLean (6), Rupp (6), Duda (6), Cantwell (7), Pukki (6).

Subs: Lewis (6), Buendia (n/a), Drmic (n/a).

Liverpool: Alisson (8), Alexander-Arnold (6), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Henderson (6), Wijnaldum (6), Keita (6), Salah (7), Firmino (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6).

Subs: Fabinho (6), Mane (8), Milner (n/a).

Man of the Match: Sadio Mane.

How Liverpool found a way again

Wet and windy conditions proved a difficult obstacle for both sides to overcome, though Liverpool settled first, registering early chances on the Norwich goal.

The Canaries adopted similar tactics to the ones that guided them to September's stunning victory over Manchester City, maintaining a compact defensive unit while being eager to break in numbers on the counter.

Team news
  • Daniel Farke named an unchanged team from Norwich’s goalless draw at Newcastle.
  • Naby Keita replaced Fabinho in Liverpool’s only change from the win over Southampton.

It nearly paid dividends on 36 minutes as a ball over the top released Rupp through on the Liverpool goal, but instead of shooting the midfielder squared for Teemu Pukki, and his underhit pass was brilliantly hooked away by Alisson's telescopic outstretched arm.

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Frustration began to creep into Liverpool's game as the first period drew to a close, but they re-emerged re-energised, with Naby Keita forcing a fingertip save from Tim Krul with a rasping drive on 57 minutes.

From the resulting corner, Virgil van Dijk sent a free header straight into the arms of Krul, but the Dutch 'keeper would go on to outdo both of those saves with a stunning double stop as Mohamed Salah's shot on the swivel and Keita's attempted rebound were thwarted in quick succession.

Jurgen Klopp turned to his substitutes to unlock the Norwich defence as Mane and Fabinho entered the fray, but the closest Liverpool came to the opening goal in the immediate aftermath was when Norwich defender Max Aarons diverted Andrew Robertson's drilled cross agonisingly wide of his own upright.

Liverpool saw their 42-game unbeaten run in the league flash before their eyes on 73 minutes when Alisson was almost beaten at his near post by Tettey's unexpected drive, but the woodwork came to the visitors rescue.

And they took full advantage of their reprieve as Mane brought Jordan Henderson's long ball under control in the area and lashed a left-footed drive home at Krul's near post. The goal underwent the briefest of VAR reviews but contact between Mane and Zimmermann was deemed legal, sparking rapturous scenes among the Liverpool supporters.

Stats: Liverpool refuse to lose
  • Liverpool have now won 17 Premier League games in a row, matching their best ever winning streak in league football last set between March and October 2019, and just one shy of Manchester City's all-time English top-flight record of 18 between August and December 2017.
  • Liverpool have opened the scoring in each of their last 14 Premier League meetings with Norwich City; no side has ever scored the opening goal in more consecutive games versus another in the competition's history (Chelsea also 14 v Portsmouth).
  • Norwich have only won one of their last 13 Premier League games (D5 L7) and have failed to score in back-to-back league matches for the first time since November 2019.
  • Liverpool have kept a clean sheet in 10 of their last 11 Premier League matches, this after having only kept one shutout in the previous 11 such games before this.
  • Sadio Mané scored the 100th goal of his English club career in all competitions, scoring 25 for Southampton and 75 for current club Liverpool.
What the managers said… preview image 5:56 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reflects on his teams 1-0 win over Norwich that took them 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "It was a difficult game for different reasons. The wind, the organisation of the opponent and the way we played first half made it tricky for us. Fabinho coming on was very important for the organisation. Sadio was fresh and he helped us to win the game, which was outstanding. I have to watch the goal back but I'm pretty sure it was a fantastic finish.

"The gap is so insane; I don't really understand it. I'm not smart enough. I've not had that before. It's outstanding, it's so difficult. I go back into the changing room and we chat about the things and then I'm like oh, but congratulations. We won the game, another three points."

preview image 2:02 Norwich City boss Daniel Farke says he's proud of his side after they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.

Norwich manager Daniel Farke: "It's disappointing because we did many of the things we wanted to achieve really well. We were playing the best team in the world. When we create chances, we have to be effective, when you are two-on-one on the goalkeeper it must be a goal but sadly we missed that chance. And then it was a moment of magic from Mane that proved crucial to Liverpool winning this game

Man of the Match - Sadio Mane

Sadio Mane has proven time and time again that Liverpool can count on him, no matter what situation they may find themselves in. And, despite Storm Dennis blowing a gale, that was very much the case at Carrow Road.

Norwich were 12 minutes away from becoming only the second side to take points of the champions-elect this season until Mane's timely intervention open their lead at the top to an imperious 25 points.

"He's a wonderful player," Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp said. "He's an example of what Liverpool are. There are no real egos and they've got a little bit of everything in that side. In the last 20 or 30 minutes when he came on, they looked better.

"In terms of difficulty, Mane's goal is amazing. To bring it down with his right foot with it coming out of the sky with the wind and everything involved, to bring it down and hit it so early with his left foot so ferociously into the corner, it's just unbelievable."

What's next? Monday 24th February 7:00pm Sky Sports Premier League HD

Liverpool resume their Champions League defence in Tuesday's last-16 first leg at Atletico Madrid at 8pm, before hosting West Ham in the Premier League at 8pm on Monday Night Football, live on Sky Sports. Norwich, meanwhile, travel to Wolves on Sunday at 2pm.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Norwich

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:29

Naby Keita returns to the starting line-up for Liverpool’s clash with Norwich City this evening.

The No.8 is named in midfield in place of Fabinho in the only change Jürgen Klopp makes to the team deployed in the Reds’ last Premier League outing against Southampton a fortnight ago.

Elsewhere at Carrow Road, Sadio Mane and James Milner are included on the substitutes’ bench after recovering from respective injuries.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Salah, Firmino.

Subs: Adrian, Fabinho, Lovren, Milner, Mane, Lallana, Origi.

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Team news: Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Norwich

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 16:29
Naby Keita returns to the starting line-up for Liverpool’s clash with Norwich City this evening.
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LIVE: Follow the build-up to Norwich City v Liverpool

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:30

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The teamsheets will drop at 4.30pm GMT but we do already know a few things regarding line-ups.

Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns and are boosted by having Sadio Mane and James Milner in contention to feature after they recovered from their muscle injuries.

However, Xherdan Shaqiri will be forced to miss the encounter at Carrow Road with his calf issue.

Timm Klose is the only injury absentee for Norwich, who can also call on Ben Godfrey again after the centre-back served a three-match suspension.

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LIVE: Follow the build-up to Norwich City v Liverpool

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 02/15/2020 - 11:30
Follow all of the build-up, action and reaction as Liverpool face Norwich City in the Premier League at Carrow Road.
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