It felt like just yesterday when Liverpool played their third round EFL Cup opponents. Well it wasn't exactly yesterday but only a month ago. The Reds first Premier League game of the new season was away to the Canaries. Daniel Farke's men got a roaring welcome back to Carrow Road in front of fans as well as a roaring welcome back to the Premier League.
It might not have been the return Norwich and their fans hoped for as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. Not only was the win massive for Liverpool but it also set down a mark for what they hope will be another title winning season. Jurgen Klopp's men wanted to exorcise last seasons demons with a big start. The return of players such as Virgil van Dijk, Naby Keita and Joel Matip, as well as an extremely impressive debut for Harvey Elliott gave the visiting Reds fans a lot to sing about.
Playing a newly promoted team away in the first game of the season could have been a tough ask for Liverpool but they navigated comfortably through the game and never looked in any danger. Van Dijk nor Matip had missed a beat on their returns and the Reds forward line returned to where they left off, scoring a lot of goals.
Mohamed Salah delivered a man of the match performance, continuing to prove why he is the most lethal attacker in the league. A goal from Roberto Firmino was also a welcome sight after struggling to get on the score sheet often last season. Diogo Jota also continued to prove why he should have a place nailed down in the starting eleven
Norwich will feel they have caught some bad luck drawing Liverpool in their opening round EFL Cup game but the Reds track record has not been good in recent years. There is a narative that Jurgen Klopp doesn't exactly put much stock into the League Cup but that's not to say the German has not fielded strong enough sides in the past to progress in the tournament.
There have been questions surrounding Liverpool's depth this season and if they can compete in the Premier League, let alone multiple competitions. It is likely the game against Norwich will see Jurgen Klopp field a side with a mix of experience and new talent. Starts for Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate and Curtis Jones are likely. There is also talk that highly rated prospect Kaide Gordon could make his professional debut.
Daniel Farke is likely to prioritise remaining in the Premier League and will use this game as a chance to give other members of his squad more game time. Despite Liverpool's poor EFL Cup record in recent years, I would expect the Reds to get another victory over Norwich.