Match Ratings: Norwich City 0-1 Liverpool (Mane with the heroics and Keita yet to impress)

Liverpool came away with a 1-0 victory at Carrow Road in difficult conditions, beating the team sitting at the bottom thanks to a late goal from Sadio Mane. The league table, however, does not justify some of the football Norwich is playing, as the Canaries look like a team capable of beating anyone on their day.


The reverse fixture saw the Reds romped to a 4-1 victory, but the performance put up by Daniel Farke's men in the opening day should have warned Jurgen Klopp that this will be no easy fixture.


Ultimately, it was good news all around for Liverpool - another victory to stretch the incredible run as they take another stride towards the finish line, a clean sheet and the timely return of Sadio Mane and Fabinho as they prepare for their next hurdle in the Champions League.

sadio mane celebrating his goal against norwich city

Alisson Becker: 9/10

Easily the best goalkeeper in the world right now, Alisson pulled off an incredible unorthodox save to deny Teemu Pukki in the first half. The Brazilian displayed great awareness and reading of the game, with a huge right hand clawing the ball away from the Norwegian forward to deny an open goal. He is constantly raising the bar game after game, displaying all the attributes required to be a top modern goalkeeper.


Trent Alexander-Arnold: 8/10

Defensively solid, but Alexander-Arnold did not pose the same kind of threat we are so accustomed to when he was going forward. Perhaps it was the windy conditions that affected his deliveries, but the Englishman have had more effective days - by his high, high standards of course.


Andy Robertson: 7/10

Displayed the kind of verve and energy once again that endeared him to the Kop, the Scot full-back has to be one of the fittest players in the league. Had a couple of decent deliveries but once again the conditions made it a little tricky.

Joe Gomez: 8/10

Another solid display, surely he has to be starting for England in the Euros? Kept the two Norwich forwards quiet all game, contributing massively to another clean sheet. If we are allowed to be a little greedy here, maybe we would like to see him pose a little more attacking threat at set-pieces?


Virgil van Dijk: 8/10

Typical brilliant performance from the Dutch defender, whose partnership with Gomez now looks set to go down as one of the greatest we had.


Gini Wijnaldum: 6/10

Replaced on the hour mark by Fabinho, it was a relatively quiet game for the midfielder who kept things simple when he was on the pitch. An extremely vital part of Klopp's plans, the extra rest should see him back to his best against Atletico Madrid next week.


Jordan Henderson: 8/10

Played a raking through ball to Alexander-Arnold in the 2nd half, the captain is displaying the type of form that makes all the Player of the Year talk very justifiable. Registered yet another important assist, his long ball to Mane proved to be the catalyst for the Reds as they march on to another three points.


Naby Keita: 5/10

The Guinean international has not been at his best lately, and perhaps he just needs an extended run in the team. He was lacking conviction throughout the game - passes were always a fraction slow, shots were not convincing while his dribbles were not exactly causing too much problems. Perhaps his lack of confidence was best encapsulated in the missed opportunity he had in the first half, which he surely should have buried.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10

Nice back-heel to set off Robertson showed off his confidence and quality, but was otherwise relatively quiet throughout the game. Kept things simple and retained the ball well, but it was obvious that he was no Sadio Mane. Likely more effective when deployed in the midfield three in Klopp's plans, where his directness can cause more problems.


Roberto Firmino: 8/10

Displayed the sort of touches that you see in FIFA Street, the Brazilian is a joy to watch. Ran his socks off and was a constant threat, often dropping deep to present another option for the team. Should have scored at least a goal, but it was a typical performance from Si Senor - brilliant.


Mo Salah: 7/10

There were times you just wished the Egyptian King was a tad more selfish, as you would fancy him in one-on-one situations against the defender but he elected to pass the ball to a teammate. While you feel that there were also times when he should have released the ball earlier, but chose not to and got crowded out. You would think Salah would be a way more effective player (than he already is) if he improved on his decision-making.


Substitutions


Fabinho: 6/10

An important half an hour under his belt, we would expect the Brazilian to start against Atletico Madrid, alongside Wijnaldum and Henderson.


Sadio Mane: 9/10

Came in, scored, job done. The Senegalese rescued three points for the Reds, proving exactly why he is a strong contender for the Player of the Year accolade. Where will the Reds be without him?


James Milner: 6/10

Good to see him back, Milner's mini cameo will provide Klopp with a solid option as the fixtures pile up in February.


Man of the Match: Mane – a heroic performance from the Senegalese, with Alisson's key saves perhaps giving him a run for the money.