Mohamed Salah scored his 150th Liverpool goal with Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz also on target as the Reds came from behind to beat Norwich and cut the gap on Manchester City to six points with Liverpool holding a game in hand.
Milot Rashica’s deflected effort stunned Anfield to give Norwich an early second-half lead, before Mane acrobatically volleyed in Liverpool’s equaliser.
Salah struck with a composed finish moments later after a brilliant 70-yard ball from goalkeeper Alisson, with new signing Diaz rounding off the scoring after tucking away Jordan Henderson’s slide-rule pass.
“Norwich have a very different style but played a proper game, defended deep, had their counter-attacks, made it really tricky for us,” Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the win.
“We had moments and then the game can look completely different, then a deflected ball can be pretty decisive, but these boys just don’t give up.”
Norwich boss Dean Smith was not happy with the goals they conceded but admitted they did not warrant any more than they got.
“I have to be honest and a realist and ultimately we got what we deserved – nil points,” he said.
After a Liverpool 3-1 defeat, Norwich manager Dean Smith said his team can take great belief and learn from their performance going into the next game
“We asked some serious questions of a good team and it took a front three of Salah, Mane and Diaz to ultimately take the points away from us. Certainly there are some things we could have done better.”
Liverpool have now claimed victory in five straight games in the Premier League and have won their last eight matches in all competitions.
Klopp’s decision to make seven changes, including defender Joe Gomez’s first league start in 15 months at right-back, from the midweek Champions League win over Inter Milan could have affected the fluency but there was little sign in a first half which resembled attack versus defence at times.