Half-Time Report: Rampant Liverpool tear Norwich apart in Premier League opener

Liverpool picked up where they left off last season after putting Norwich to the sword in the first half, leading 4-0 against the visitors.

Strikes from Mo Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi added to Grant Hanley’s own goal put the Reds in charge of this season’s Premier League opener.

The hosts were dominant down both flanks and clinical when it mattered as the last season’s runners-up scored via Grant Hanley’s own goal in the 7th minute. Divock Origi found space and time to get the ball out of his feet and showed a bit of trickery to take on Max Aarons before firing in a dangerous cross which Hanley sliced into his own net.

Salah was off the mark already, latching onto Roberto Firmino’s prodded through ball to coolly slot beyond Tim Krul for the second goal in the 19th minute.

The Canaries were caught napping again in the 28th as Salah whipped in an inch-perfect corner from the left for Virgil van Dijk to powerfully head into the ground past Tim Krul.

Towards the end of the first half, Origi was given far too much space in the box to nod in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s floated delivery from the right.

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Chelsea star aims subtle swipe at David Luiz after his Arsenal move

Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen has appeared to aim a dig at former team mate David Luiz after the Brazilian’s move to Arsenal.

The Gunners’ new boy made a controversial move from the Chelsea to north London ranking as one of the most shocking transfers this summer.

He signed a two-year deal with Chelsea in May and his departure comes five weeks after Frank Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge to manage his former club.

Christensen, who will be hoping for greater opportunities under Lampard, has taken to Facebook and made his feelings about Luiz’s departure clear.

The Danish international posted a picture of himself and his ex-team mate above the caption, ‘No player is bigger than the club.’

Appearing surplus to requirements, the clubs agreed a £7million fee which sees Luiz re-united with Unai Emery after the pair worked together at Paris Saint-Germain.

Meanwhile, the club’s manager has come out to shed more light on the circumstances that led to the departure of the the defender.

His words: “David Luiz has obviously left and gone to Arsenal. We had some honest conversations over the last week because I know him well and the conclusion of that was he is gone.

“It’s an area of the pitch where we have competition. I don’t have number ones or twos. They have to fight for that shirt. I wish him the best because he has been a big part of our history.”

Frank Lampard reveals what prompted David Luiz’s move to Arsenal, sheds light on reported row with Brazilian

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has explained the circumstances that led to David Luiz’s move to Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

The centre-back Luiz shocked the Blues by agreeing to move to the Emirates in a £7million deal, despite signing a new two-year contract in May.

Chelsea broke their club policy of only offering players over the age of 30 one year extensions for by offering Luiz a two-year deal earlier this year.

But the arrival of the Stamford Brdige club’s legend Frank Lampard changed all that as he reportedly told the Brazilian that he would not get an automatic shirt as opposed to what he used to enjoy under former manager Maurizio Sarri.

“David Luiz has obviously left and gone to Arsenal,’ Lampard told journalists at Cobham on Friday.

“We had some honest conversations over the last week because I know him well and the conclusion of that was he is gone.

“It’s an area of the pitch where we have competition. I don’t have number ones or twos. They have to fight for that shirt. I wish him the best because he has been a big part of our history.”

On the reported spat between him and Luiz, Chelsea manager insisted the decision for the defender to train on his own on Wednesday had been made with preparations for the club’s trip to Old Trafford in mind.

“There certainly wasn’t a strike or fallout so I want to make that clear straight away,” he continued.

“I always expected honesty from a manager whatever the news and I think I got that back from David.

“The day David didn’t train was a decision that I made because it was clear the way we were going. I am very happy with the squad I have got now and my focus is working on that.”

David Luiz: Why I left Chelsea

Arsenal’s new boy David Luiz has revealed the reason he left Chelsea stating that his cycle at the Stamford Bridge club had finished.

The defender sealed a controversial move to Arsenal after Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reportedly told him he would play a bit-part role in the club’s campaign.

Despite signing a new two-year contract with the Blues, the Brazilian still went ahead with the move on deadline day.

“The cycle finished there,” Luiz told Arsenal official website when he was asked about his stints at Chelsea.

“It was a conversation between me and Chelsea and everybody. I had an opportunity to come to another big club.

“In my life, I’ve always liked to do some challenges. I’m not scared at all to try things. I think not too many players would make this kind of move, they would maybe be scared, or something like that.

“I’m just trying to do big things in my life, so like I said, my cycle at Chelsea finished and now I’m excited to start a new chapter of my life here.

On his relationship with Unai Emery? “A big, big part. I know him, I know some people from the club.

“I know Edu, I know Raul, I know the quality of the team, the players, and that’s what makes me excited to dream, to have the ambition to win big things.

“I think all my life, I’ve always started the season with the goal to win things. It’s not going to be different here – I’m going to come with this mentality because this is what made me move here.

“This is what makes me feel good every single day. I have to run for one reason, for one goal, and my goal is to win things with Arsenal.”

Arsenal paid Chelsea £7m for Luiz’s switch after searching for a defender all summer, especially with the exit of Laurent Koscielny.

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Everton manager claims Alex Iwobi was club’s top target after completing move for winger

Everton manager Marco Silva says Alex Iwobi was a top target of the club despite Toffees desperate move to acquire the services of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace.

The winger made a shock deadline day move to Goodison Park after it became obvious their prime target, Zaha, was not wiyhin their reach.

Everton failed with a £30m offer for attacking midfielder Iwobi on Wednesday and by 2pm on Thursday appeared to have accepted defeat in their bid to land the 23-year-old.

But having met with frustration in their attempts to sign Wilfried Zaha, the Toffees revived their bid for the Nigeria international and concluded a deal with Arsenal at around 4.30pm, giving Iwobi the green light to complete his whirlwind switch.

He told the club’s official website: “Alex was one of our main targets for this window and I believe he is a fantastic signing for Everton. He is a direct and skilful winger and attacking midfielder who always works very hard for his team.

“He is still young but already with a lot of top-level experience – 100 Premier League matches, more in Europe and many international games

“It was important for me to have one more quality option for our attacking positions to add to what we have with Richarlison, Bernard and Theo Walcott.

“Alex fits exactly the profile of player I want in my model. He is hungry to join Everton and take the next step in his career, to help us compete with the strongest teams in the league and reach his potential at our club.”