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#EPL: Liverpool Thrash Norwich In Premier League Opener

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#EPL: Liverpool Thrash Norwich In Premier League Opener

Report as Reds kick off their bid for a first Premier League title with comfortable victory

The European champions, Liverpool raised the curtain on the new Premier League season with a 4-1 thrashing of newly-promoted Norwich at Anfield on Friday Night Football.

Liverpool, who missed out on the title last season by a single point, rarely got out of second gear, racing into a four-goal lead at the break courtesy of strikes from Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Divock Origi and a Grant Hanley own goal.

Norwich offered little resistance on a sobering return to the top-flight for Daniel Farke’s side, but Teemu Pukki gave the travelling fans something to cheer with a consolation on 64 minutes, while the Canaries’ second-half shut out offers hope ahead of the campaign.

Liverpool lost goalkeeper Alisson Becker to a calf injury just before half-time, the only negative for Jurgen Klopp to contend with on a night when VAR made its seamless top-flight debut and the Reds issued an early statement of intent at the start of their bid for a first league title in 30 years.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (5), Alexander-Arnold (6), Gomez (7), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (6), Henderson (7), Fabinho (6), Wijnaldum (6), Salah (8), Firmino (7), Origi (7).

Subs: Adrian (6), Mane (5), Milner (n/a)

Norwich: Krul (6), Aarons (6), Hanley (4), Godfrey (4), Lewis (5), McLean (5), Trybull (5), Buendia (6), Stiepermann (6), Cantwell (5), Pukki (6).

Subs: Leitner (6), Hernandez (5), Drmic (n/a)

Man of the Match: Mohamed Salah.

It took just seven minutes for Liverpool to open their account. Origi, the hero from the Reds’ Champions League triumph in Madrid, was the creator as his cross from the left cannoned in off the unfortunate Hanley, who got his legs in a tangle.

Mohamed Salah scores Liverpool's second goal

At one end, Liverpool were imperious, but at the other they conceded chances to the newly-promoted Canaries all too easily. Marco Stiepermann blazed over from Pukki’s cutback on 10 minutes before the Finn – last season’s top scorer in the Championship – drew Alisson into a save and flashed a rebound across goal.

But Liverpool were soon back on top. After Andrew Robertson flashed a shot wide of the angle of post and bar, Salah got off the mark to double their advantage on 19 minutes.

Roberto Firmino pounced as the ball broke loose in the Norwich area, slotted Salah through on goal and the Egyptian slotted his first of the season under Tim Krul.

A solid save from Alisson prevented Stiepermann from pulling one back for Norwich at the end of an incisive attacking move, but the Canaries undermined their cause further with some woeful set piece defending as Van Dijk headed Liverpool’s third from a corner without jumping off the ground.

Liverpool lost Alisson to injury after he slipped while taking a goal kick as half-time approached, handing summer signing Adrian an early taste of first-team action. And the Spaniard had his first goal to celebrate not long after as Origi got in on the act, heading Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross beyond Krul.

Alisson leaves the pitch after picking up an injury

Liverpool pushed for a fifth early in the second half. Jordan Henderson saw a shot brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Krul on 47 minutes before Salah curled a shot inches wide of the far post.

Substitute Moritz Leitner responded for Norwich, striking the angle of post and bar just after the hour before Pukki introduced himself to the Premier League with a composed finish after receiving Emiliano Buendia’s through ball in behind the Liverpool defence.

Teemu Pukki (right) celebrates scoring Norwich's goal
Teemu Pukki (right) celebrates scoring Norwich’s goal

A stunning reflex save from Krul stopped Alexander-Arnold from adding a fifth with a late free-kick as Liverpool failed to find the target in the second period, though that will be of little concern after a comprehensive start to the season.

Alisson goes down with an injury during Liverpool's match vs Norwich City
Alisson goes down with an injury during Liverpool’s match vs Norwich City

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “It’s not good for us. We have to see how serious it is. It’s a calf, that’s it. He couldn’t carry on, that’s not a good sign. From all of my experience he will not play (the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea on Wednesday). He is injured, I cannot say how much until the scan, but he is injured.”

Jurgen Klopp was delighted with his side’s opening hour against Norwich, but says they need to control the game better in future matches.

Jurgen Klopp told Sky Sports: “The scoreline tells the story of the first 60 minutes. We were really sharp from the first whistle, we did what we wanted to do, we scored goals. There’s a lot of space for improvement but a lot of things were there today as well. We should have controlled the game more and kept the ball. It is normal when you’re not physically at your highest level and you lose a bit of your concentration. The boys were good, and we deserved the three points, which is the most important. I’m very happy with the start, but the Alisson situation is a shadow on that game.

 

‘Liverpool scored four first-half goals to begin their Premier League campaign in emphatic fashion against newly-promoted Norwich, but the game was not without its concerns for Jurgen Klopp. Not with so little margin for error in their title rivalry with Manchester City.’

Norwich manager Daniel Farke says he thought his side showed great character following a tough first half against Liverpool.

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke told Sky Sports: “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.”

Opta stats

  • Liverpool have scored 15 goals in their four opening day Premier League matches under manager Jürgen Klopp (W3 D1 L0), netting four times in their first match of the league season in consecutive seasons for the first time in their entire history.
  • Norwich City have won their first match of the league season in just one of the last 17 seasons (W1 D8 L8).
  • Mohamed Salah has scored in Liverpool’s first Premier League match in each of the last three seasons (2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20).
  • The first goal of the Premier League season was an own-goal for only the second time – the other occasion was in 2015-16, when Kyle Walker’s own-goal was the only goal in Man Utd’s 1-0 win over Spurs.

What’s next?

Liverpool travel to Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea on Wednesday (8pm BST) before travelling to Southampton on Saturday (3pm). Norwich, meanwhile, host Newcastle in their first home game back in the Premier League on Saturday (3pm)

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”We fucked last night” Stefflondon answers fan’s query

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''We fucked last night'' Stefflondon answers fan's query

That was Stefflondon’s reponse to a Nigerian who wanted to know if herself and Nigerian star singer Burna Boy are still an item.

There you have it!

 

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[18+] Cardi B rains money on naked strippers in Lagos club (Photos & Video)

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[18+] Cardi B rains money on naked strippers in Lagos club (Photos & Video)

Last night, popular and controversial American rapper, Cardi B, who landed in Nigeria two days ago for a show was filmed inside a Lagos strip club spraying bills off N200 notes on half-naked and stark naked strippers.

The multi-award-winning rapper who can’t seem to get enough of Lagos was seen visibly excited at the rounchy experience, taking it all in.

See more photos and watch the video below.

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It’s painful! – Chioma screams as Davido fondles her boobs | Watch!

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Music superstar, Davido turned on his naughty side as he shared a video of him fondling his fiancee, Chioma’s boobs on a flight recently.

The new mother who was sleeping when Davido began fondling her boobs, made a complaint, saying it was painful. The singer however continued for a little while before reaching for her face.

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Funke Akindele delivers important message to Nigerian celebrities

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Funke Akindele delivers important message to Nigerian celebrities

Funke Akindele has a profound message for some of your favourite celebrities and you can help deliver it.

The popular actress is shaking a table that has several celebrities on it and she doesn’t care about the casualties.

The movie star took to her Instagram on Thursday, December 5, 2019, where she warned a certain set of celebrities who go around making ‘stupid and unbelievable stories just to look relevant.’

“Stop forming stupid and unbelievable stories just to look relevant. If your colleagues’ bag endorsement deals, it’s their time to shine. Yours is coming too!!! So don’t feel less!!! Don’t be pressured o!! All man get him time. May our time never pass us by!! AMEN,” she wrote.

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Etinosa responds to Duncan Mighty, reels out her list of cars

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Etinosa responds to Duncan Mighty, reels out her list of cars

Etinosa is not letting the subs fly past her doorstep. She is catching and crushing them.

The Nollywood actress and comedian has responded to Duncan Mighty who called her out on her Dubai car gift.

 

Duncan Mighty earlier today called her out for stating that she received a Mercedes Benz car gift from a fan few weeks ago. Duncan took a swipe at the actress after she was spotted posing with a white 2009 Toyota Venza and not the Benz car she claimed she was gifted by a fan in Dubai.

 

In an apparent response to his post, Etinosa, listed all the cars she has. She also stated that she doesn’t lead a fake life and has never claimed to be filthy rich. See her post below.

Etinosa responds

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Anthony Joshua pictured with his mother ahead of Dec. 7th rematch

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Anthony Joshua and mother 2

As the days before the D-day draws closer, tension continues to rise. Anthony Joshua was spotted at a pre-fight gala dinner held at the Al Faisaliah Hotel in Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening.

 

During the event, the British-Nigerian boxer was pictured kissing his mother Yeta Odusanya on the forehead as he arrived for the pre-fight gala dinner.

Joshua’s opponent, Andy Ruiz Jr. was also spotted giving Joshua’s mother a friendly handshake at the event.

Anthony Joshua's mother 2

 

Undercard fighters Dillian Whyte and Tom Little, as well as promoter Eddie Hearn were also in attendance among other dignitaries.

 

The anticipated rematch between Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jnr will take place on Saturday, December 7, 2019, in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

 

Anthony Joshua will attempt to regain his WBA, IBF and WBO Heavyweight titles he lost to Ruiz Jr back in June at Madison Square Garden. The Mexican boxer defeated Joshua in the seventh-round to hand him his first professional loss the last time they met.

 

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Ubi Franklin and Iyanya link up with Tekno for new project

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Ubi Franklin and Iyanya link up with Tekno for new project

The feud between Iyanya and his former label partner Ubi Franklin which made headlines has died down. The duo was pictured alongside Tekno working together.

The major fallout between Iyanay and Ubi was centered on alleged forgery, fraud, breach of contract and several other things.

But as the saying goes, “time heals all wounds,” and fast forward to the last month of 2019, they both seem to have buried the hatchet and forgotten old fights, as both friends, alongside Tekno, reunited yesterday at a studio in Lagos where, according to Ubi, a new hit song was worked on.

He wrote:

“Last Night was Epic ⭐️💪
First I had the opportunity to bring @teknoofficialand @iyanya together in the studio and we were blessed to have @selebobo1 join us too and @mademenmusicg New kid @iamrogerlino
It was an epic session with the best Producers in the country right now @[email protected]
Family Back together and our focus is to win and win.”

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Comedian, Mr Jollof goes against the tide to support Andy Ruiz

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Comedian, Mr Jollof goes against the tide to support Andy Ruiz

Going against the tide might not always come out right but it makes headlines. Nigerian Comedian, Mr. Jollof, has declared that his support is for Andy Ruiz against Anthony Joshua, against popular opinions.

As the boxing champs prepare for their highly anticipated rematch in Saudi Arabia, on Saturday, Mr Jollof has declared his support for Andy Ruiz against British born Nigerian boxer Anthony Joshua.

He took to social media to reveal that Andy is his champ. He also posted another photo of when Andy defeated Anthony Joshua and stated in the caption that Andy can do it again.

See post below;

Mr Jollof

However, a fan took to the comment section of the post to express displeasure and told the comedian to support his own no matter the circumstances.

“Too bad jellof…Support our own ..it’s not a matter of CHOICE ..One day u might be at the top n would u feel cool if Nigerians turn against u dis way in the name of Choice ? Not cool bro”, the fan wrote.

Jollof then responded that not everybody would support him too so his choice should be respected.

He wrote: “@mrpapi333 everybody will not support me either so respect my choice di*ck head.”

See their exchange below;

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Duncan Mighty calls out Etinosa over Dubai car gift

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Duncan Mighty calls out Etinosa over Dubai car gift

Duncan Mighty has some questions for actress, Etinosa Idemudia and it has got us thinking about her recent car gift.

Etinosa took to Instagram days ago to share news of receiving a car gift in Dubai. The singer took a swipe at the actress after she was spotted posing with a white 2009 Toyota Venza.

Duncan Mighty who called out the actress who claimed she received a car gift in Dubai for replying a DM, stated that it takes nothing to be real.

 

The ‘Port Harcourt First Son’ wondered how the car “disappeared as a Mercedes Benz in Dubai and appeared as a Toyota Venza in Lagos”, while also pointing out that it takes 28 days to ship a car from Dubai to Nigeria.

Maybe the car shapeshifted??

He wrote

“It takes nothing o be real. It takes 28 days to ship a car from Dubai to gidi. Trying to figure out how this car take disappear as Mercedes Benz from Dubai then land as 2009 tokumbor venza….white people please explain the technology behind this magic”

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Kizz Daniel reveals his CGPA and it will shock you

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Kizz Daniel reveals his CGPA and it will shock you

No Bad records, no grades, that is Kizz Daniel for you.

The singer has revealed the CGPA he graduated with from his tertiary institution in Ogun state with a CGPA of 4.37, a few As and Bs shy of a First Class.

The Flyboy Inc singer who is an alumnus of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, shared this while putting right the misconception about his first degree in Water Resources Management and Agrometeorology (Water Engineering).

The Nigerian singer who made a clarification after a Twitter user tweeted about him graduating with a First Class Degree in Engineering, said he graduated with a 4.37 CGPA. Kizz Daniel added that it was quite close.

See the exchange below;

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