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Four things spotted in Liverpool vs Norwich as Jürgen Klopp wish ignored after 56 seconds



Liverpool cruised into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable 5-2 win over Norwich City on an emotional afternoon at Anfield. This is what we spotted.

ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL // Liverpool moved into the fifth round of the FA Cup thanks to a comfortable 5-2 win over Norwich City.


On an emotional afternoon at Anfield following Jürgen Klopp’s announcement that he will be leaving the club at the end of the season, the Reds were on the front foot from the off. Darwin Núñez struck the post with a curling effort from just outside the penalty area, while Joe Gomez came close to finally scoring his first goal for the club as he saw his effort deflected just wide.

Liverpool wouldn’t have to wait much longer to take a deserved lead. James McConnell, making his first senior start, picked out the run of Curtis Jones at the back post, with the midfielder guiding his header in with precision, much to the delight of Klopp on the sideline.

The Reds weren’t to have it all their own way though. Just minutes later, Ben Gibson drew Norwich level as the defender turned home from Gabriel Sara’s corner.

It was to be just a mere blot on the copybook though, with Liverpool regaining the lead through Núñez after a superb run from Conor Bradley. The young full-back should have had another assist shortly after, only to see Cody Gakpo scuff his shot wide.

Although the Reds wouldn’t add to their tally again before the break, it seemed to just be a matter of time before they extended their lead, and so it proved. Diogo Jota pounced on a mistake from Gibson to volley home, before Virgil van Dijk came off the bench to head home fellow substitute Dominik Szoboszlai’s corner.

Norwich pulled another goal back through Borja Sainz’s brilliant strike from distance, but Liverpool wasn’t to be denied a place in the fifth round, where the Reds will face either Watford or Southampton, with Ryan Gravenberch heading home a late fifth. Here are the four things spotted as the game unfolded.

Fans ignore Klopp wish

Since announcing his impending departure on Friday, Jürgen Klopp has been eager to play down the reaction as much as he can. The Liverpool boss has never been a fan of having his name sung by supporters during games, even going as far as telling off fans for doing so.

On this occasion though, he was always going to be fighting a losing battle. There was always going to be an outpouring of emotion at Anfield, and there will be for the remainder of the season.

It took just 56 seconds (as per the ECHO’s Paul Gorst) from kick-off for Klopp to be serenaded for the first time. No doubt he wouldn’t have liked it too much, and that could be one of the reasons why he wanted to save the announcement until the end of the season. It looks like he might have to accept it for the rest of the campaign though.

Nearly Joe

One day, Joe Gomez will score his first goal for Liverpool. The Anfield crowd is doing all it can to make sure it happens.

It’s now a common occurrence to hear a shout of ‘shoot’ going up whenever you see the defender picking the ball up anywhere near the penalty area. To be fair, he does seem to be getting closer and closer every time.

Against Norwich, it looked as though his long duck was about to be broken as he took aim, only to see his effort deflected just wide with goalkeeper George Long scrambling. It will come Joe, and hopefully before Klopp departs.

Klopp reaction speaks volumes

James McConnell could barely have made a bigger impact on his first start for the club. The 19-year-old’s brilliant cross handed him an assist for Curtis Jones‘ opener, much to the delight of Klopp.

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