Norwich City 0-3 Liverpool at Carrow Road saw an experimental Reds side show off the future. Here are five things we learned from an impressive win.
We got to see Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez together here – a centre-back pairing Liverpool will have high hopes for. Both are under 25 and both represent the Reds’ future in the position.
Was it perfect? No, of course not. There were times where the line was slightly off and they need to get used to each other’s positioning.
But you can see the long-term advantages. The athleticism in each is fantastic and Gomez looks well-suited to a leading role. The duo could go on to become one of the world’s best – if they stay fit.
The faith in Curtis Jones
How many 20-year-old’s can play box-to-box, left-wing and holding midfielder? Remarkably few. Now, how many can do it within a week?
Our estimation is one – Curtis Jones. What a player he is. Jurgen Klopp fancied him as a left-winger last week and now he’s controlling a midfield as the holding player before switching to a more advanced role at half time.
The Scouser is outrageously talented both on and off the ball, with the faith in him being completely clear. Liverpool have a very, very special player here is they develop him correctly.
Klopp continues young push
Three teenagers played here as Liverpool had a good look at their prospects. It’s quite incredible, given Harvey Elliott was not one of the featured young players.
Debuts for Kaide Gordon, Conor Bradley and Tyler Morton shows there’s not just talent at the club but trust in it. It shouldn’t be long before we see yet another youngster breakout with the senior side.
Both Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started this one but both played quite poorly. Keita did do better than his teammate before going off at halftime, however.
But their poor performances stood out as the youngsters came into the game. It’s one to watch this season as both players are somewhat playing for their futures across this campaign.
With Elliott and Jones looking more and more comfortable (assuming the former picks up where he left off), there might not be much room left for Keita and Oxlade-Chamberlain.
They can’t afford to struggle in games like this.
Liverpool deserve quite a bit of praise for this performance. No, this wasn’t Norwich’s strongest XI but the Reds still lined up with a right-flank that had a combined age of one James Milner.
So the fact that Liverpool put down a 0-3 defeat on Norwich, and so comfortably, is pretty great. It shows there is some strength in depth, especially with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino both scoring.
Several of these players should naturally improve over the course of the season, too. For some that’s because of their age, for some because they haven’t played much.
In what wasn’t a high-intensity game, Liverpool still gave the fans something to shout about.