Liverpool made a rapid start to the new Premier League season at home to Norwich City on Friday, scoring three times inside the opening 30 minutes for the first time in over five years.

The crowd at Anfield were treated to goals from Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk after Grant Hanley inadvertently sent Divock Origi's cross into his own net in the seventh minute.

With Salah sliding a cool finish past Tim Krul in the 19th minute and Van Dijk powering home a header nine minutes later, Liverpool were three goals to the good in the opening half hour of a Premier League match for the first time since February 2014.

On that occasion the Reds had four inside 20 minutes, with Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge notching after Martin Skrtel's early double in a 5-1 thrashing against Arsenal.

Liverpool went into half-time against Norwich at Anfield leading 4-0, with Origi heading in a sumptuous right-wing delivery from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson went off injured in the opening game of the Premier League season against Norwich City on Friday.

The Brazil international slipped when taking a goal-kick and immediately signalled for some treatment in the first half of the game at Anfield.

Alisson left the pitch in discomfort 39 minutes in to be replaced by debutant Adrian, who joined on a free transfer after leaving West Ham at the end of last term.

Liverpool were leading 3-0 at the time thanks to an own goal from Grant Hanley, a Mohamed Salah strike and a header from Virgil van Dijk.

Divock Origi added to their tally by nodding Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross home before half-time.

Manchester City have signed young forward Ryotaro Meshino from Gamba Osaka, the Japanese club have announced.

Gamba confirmed the 21-year-old completed a move to the Premier League champions after travelling to England.

City have not released details of Meshino's deal but reports indicate he will join their development squad.

Meshino has scored three goals in 12 appearances in the J.League this season.

Pep Guardiola and City avoided a busy transfer deadline day after wrapping up the signing of Joao Cancelo from Juventus on Wednesday.

Left-back Angelino and midfielder Rodri moved to the Etihad Stadium earlier in the window and could make their Premier League debuts at West Ham on Saturday.

Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will be absent from Arsenal's Premier League opener against Newcastle United on Sunday due to security fears.

The Arsenal team-mates were the victims of what appeared to be an attempted carjacking in July.

Footage of the incident showed Kolasinac confronting and scaring off two masked attackers who approached a vehicle driven by Ozil, just days before the clash with Lyon at Emirates Stadium.

After missing that match and a friendly against Angers, with Unai Emery saying they were not mentally ready to play, the duo returned for the 2-1 Joan Gamper Trophy loss to Barcelona last Sunday.

However, they will not be available this weekend after "further security incidents".

An Arsenal statement read: "Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac will not be part of the squad for our opening match against Newcastle United following further security incidents which are being investigated by the police.

"The welfare of our players and their families is always a top priority and we have taken this decision following discussion with the players and their representatives.

"We are liaising with the police and are providing the players and their families with ongoing support.

"We look forward to welcoming the players back to the squad as soon as possible."

Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic has signed a new four-year contract at Selhurst Park.

The 28-year-old was an ever-present for Palace in the Premier League last season and scored 12 goals - 10 of those from the penalty spot - to top the club's scoring charts for the second year running.

Milivojevic was into the final year of his existing deal, but the Serbia international has agreed to stay on until June 2023.

Palace chairman Steve Parish hailed the news, telling the club's official website: "Luka has been a fantastic player and leader for the club for two and a half years. 

"His contribution really has been immense and I am delighted that he has agreed to pledge his long-term future to Crystal Palace."

Milivojevic joined Palace from Olympiacos in January 2017 and has made 93 appearances for the London side in all competitions.

He is in contention to feature for the Eagles in their opening Premier League fixture of the season against Everton on Saturday.

Brendan Rodgers says Leicester City were priced out of buying a replacement for Harry Maguire, who has earned praise from his former manager for his conduct while he waited to join Manchester United.

Maguire became the world's most expensive defender on Monday when United's reported bid of £80million was accepted by Leicester, ending a transfer saga that lasted throughout the transfer window.

City spent the final few days of the window looking to fill the void left by Maguire, with Bournemouth's Nathan Ake and James Tarkowski of Burnley said to have been their two main targets.

But Rodgers claimed the Foxes were quoted prices that did not reflect the value of the club's targets and is hoping others already in the squad can now step up.

"We looked but the market proved too difficult. But we're equally comfortable working with the players we have," Rodgers said.

"It was always going to be a very difficult market. But the club prepared for that eventuality a year ago by bringing in two outstanding young centre-halves in Caglar [Soyuncu] and Filip [Benkovic].

"We knew we had those guys there, along with Jonny Evans, who is a top centre-half. Wes Morgan as well, who is a great leader and great captain."

Maguire had been the subject of intense interest from United prior to the big-money deal going through this week, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola also admitted to being a big fan of the England international.

Speaking ahead of Leicester's opening Premier League match of the season against Wolves on Sunday, Rodgers was keen to thank the outgoing defender for the professionalism he showed in the final stages of his Foxes stint.

"We lost a very important player in Harry, who was a very good man," he said.

"What Harry did over the course of the summer was show how to conduct yourself with professionalism and respect for your club and your team-mates. He showed that good guys get what they want in the end."

Manchester United and Chelsea began last season with Jose Mourinho and Maurizio Sarri as their touchline leaders, but the Premier League giants have traded a weight of experience for conspicuously risky appointments.

It means that Sunday's Premier League match between the teams will see two of the most powerful clubs in England led from pitchside by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Frank Lampard.

Both have enormous goodwill behind them after stellar playing careers with their respective sides, but they must achieve results as managers this term to maintain such bonhomie.

The opening-weekend meeting of the teams at Old Trafford will provide an early indication of how both are shaping up after challenging close seasons.

Here is a look at how United and Chelsea have reached this point, and in what direction they might be headed.

Boardroom belief

United turned to their former striker Solskjaer last December after Mourinho's reign ended in deep disappointment. The team stagnated under a manager whose erstwhile dynamism deserted him in the north-west and Solskjaer was considered a canny interim replacement. His arrival lifted the club from the doldrums, results perked up and a remarkable Champions League comeback to knock out Paris Saint-Germain was followed by a clamour to give the Norwegian the job permanently.

United were swept along by the feelgood factor and acceded to those calls, only for results to tail off as performances dipped alarmingly. If United were not back at square one, they were not far off.

Solskjaer has been backed this summer to bring in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James, so the team should have a certain freshness, but many underachievers remain. The club - and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward - need this appointment to work, but the bedding-in period is over and for Solskjaer's United must step up a level.

Lampard is a similar yet delicately different story. Chelsea's record goalscorer left the club five years ago and broadened his education with playing spells at Manchester City and New York City, before spending a year as Derby County manager, guiding the Rams to the Championship play-off final. He came in just five weeks ago to replace Sarri, who left for Juventus, and unlike Solskjaer has been unable to dip into the transfer market, owing to Chelsea's FIFA-imposed ban on doing deals.

The former England midfielder has a strong relationship with the club, from the stands to the boardroom, and can rely on a generous response if Chelsea take a while to find their stride under his leadership. Managers during the Roman Abramovich era have rarely lasted longer than two seasons but there are high hopes for Lampard, and a certain expectation he will be given time.

Squad strength

Some United supporters feel there is a dangerous level of dead wood in the squad, but those players who faced criticism last season have a chance to show they deserved to remain. The club have retained David de Gea along with fellow star turn Marcus Rashford and the often infuriating yet plainly gifted Paul Pogba. Maguire, Wan-Bissaka and James look strong signings, but it would be a surprise to see United finish in the top four, especially having lost the firepower of Romelu Lukaku.

Far from being left threadbare by the transfer ban, Chelsea remain jammed with quality, so much so that Lampard allowed his squad to be pruned on deadline day. They signed up Christian Pulisic before being punished by FIFA, with his arrival offsetting at least partly the blow of losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

The likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori could enjoy breakthrough seasons, with Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek set to be prominent once they return to fitness. But the established brigade, including Jorginho, Olivier Giroud, N'Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Willian, will also be heavily involved.

Fighting for fourth?

There is a reasonable perception these teams will be jostling for Europa League places come next spring. Manchester City and Liverpool are streets ahead, with Tottenham and Arsenal seemingly also better equipped for the coming nine months. It makes a strong start imperative if United or Chelsea harbour serious ambitions of making a top-four breakthrough. Sustaining any early momentum will be key, and United may need to invest again in January to stay in the hunt for success.

If these clubs are sensible, both will consider this moment a turning point and plan accordingly. With a reasoned, long-term strategy, either could be back on top of English football inside the next five years and stay there for even longer.

Yet both institutions find themselves in a pickle and both see going back to what they know as a means to move forward. If Solskjaer and Lampard succeed as the figureheads, they will need unequivocal support and unwavering patience. A major gear change from clubs that have been too easily distracted by the sweet temptation of short-term success, in other words.

Lucas Moura has extended his Tottenham contract through to 2024, the Premier League club have announced.

The Brazilian attacker inked a 12-month extension to his existing deal on the eve of the club's Premier League season opener at home to Aston Villa.

Lucas joined Spurs from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2018 and the London outfit have seen fit to reward him with fresh terms following his starring role in the run to last season's Champions League final.

An exceptional second-half hat-trick inspired a remarkable second-leg comeback against Ajax in the semi-finals as the 26-year-old finished an impressive European campaign with five goals from 12 appearances.

He also notched 10 times in the Premier League, having occasionally filled in at centre-forward amid Harry Kane's injury enforced absences.

"I feel really like [the squad is] a family here," Lucas said.

"My team-mates have been fantastic since my first day here. That's why I think the adaptation was really fast.

"I am so happy here, I hope to stay here a long time and to be happy always."

Unai Emery expects more players to follow Laurent Koscielny and Alex Iwobi out of the Arsenal exit before the European transfer windows close.

Arsenal had a busy close season before the English transfer window finished on Thursday, strengthening with the arrivals of Nicolas Pepe, Dani Ceballos, Gabriel Martinelli, Kieran Tierney and David Luiz, the latter two signing on deadline day.

Many more players left the club, however, with Petr Cech retiring, Danny Welbeck, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Aaron Ramsey departing on free transfers, and Carl Jenkinson, Koscielny and Iwobi sealing moves.

Former captain Koscielny left on sour terms after refusing to go on their pre-season tour, while Iwobi went to Everton in a deal reportedly worth up to £40million.

Mohamed Elneny and the much-maligned Shkodran Mustafi have reportedly been made available for transfers, and while Emery did not mention any names, he does expect more players to leave for overseas clubs.

"We were changing players at the last moment," he said of Arsenal's deadline day deals.

"We had with Laurent Koscielny the first captain, but just five days ago he left. Other players came in, we finished our market, but it is at the moment open in other countries.

"In the next 20-25 days some players will leave. It's the reason, I want to close [complete] our squad, clearly."

The signing of David Luiz from Premier League rivals Chelsea came as a surprise to many, but after the experienced Koscielny departed, Emery is adamant the Brazilian is an important addition.

"We worked together for two months at PSG," Emery said of David Luiz. "After three matches [at PSG], the club and he decided to sign for Chelsea.

"He's a big opportunity for us, he decided to join Arsenal. He wants to do something important with us.

"He has experience, quality in build-up, he is a good defender and he is coming here to help us with his capacity and quality."

Roy Hodgson confirmed Wilfried Zaha is available for Crystal Palace's season opener despite his disgruntlement over being denied a move to opponents Everton.

Zaha handed in a transfer request before the window closed but Palace refused to budge on their reported £100million asking price and rebuffed Everton's interest.

The Ivory Coast international will get a taste of what might have been when Marco Silva's men visit Selhurst Park on Saturday.

After sending him home from training on deadline day, Hodgson said Zaha is "absolutely" in contention for the club's first Premier League fixture of the new season.

"Wilfried Zaha is as I expected he would be," the Eagles manager told reporters.

"He's a professional and committed to the club and helping us do what we need to do to stay in the league.

"He trained today just as he did on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I can't say he's jubilant or delighted. The outcome he wanted was to be sold and leave, but it was the last thing we wanted. It was a good outcome for us.

"It's not even worth discussing replacements for players of his calibre."

Zaha, 26, was heavily linked to Arsenal before Everton emerged as contenders for his signature.

The winger could still leave south London if a club elsewhere in Europe successfully agrees a fee with Palace.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been harshly criticised since being appointed by Manchester United, according to Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard.

The Norwegian was propelled into the job on a caretaker basis last December following Jose Mourinho's sacking and won 14 of his first 17 matches in charge.

But United's form turned after he was handed the top job on a permanent basis as they ended the 2018-19 campaign with one win in nine matches, leading to some questioning the decision to hand him the role full-time.

Ahead of Chelsea's opening-weekend trip to Old Trafford, however, Lampard insisted the criticism Solskjaer has faced is not justified.

"I am aware of it and it comes with the territory," he said at his pre-match news conference. "It can be excessive, for everyone in football. I think it is possibly harsh as it is something that he came in to.

"You have to look at him this season and what he gets to do. I don't listen too much to things."

Like United, Chelsea have been written off for the title by many before a ball has been kicked this season after losing star player Eden Hazard to Real Madrid.

But Lampard, whose job has been hindered by Chelsea's two-window transfer ban, was relishing the prospect of silencing his side's critics - starting with victory at United on Sunday.

"I love hearing predictions when we're not in the top four and there isn't anything better than proving people wrong," he said.

"I love playing at Old Trafford. It is a big game for both teams. We are both huge clubs that have had a lot of success. 

"We both have the same idea that we want to be successful. We want to be competing."

Chelsea finished 26 and 25 points off top two Manchester City and Liverpool respectively last season, but Lampard is aiming high ahead of his first campaign as a Premier League boss.

"Manchester City and Liverpool showed there was a gap, everyone has to make it up," he said. "We will aim to win and of course we want to be in the Champions League every year. We are realistic and we just have to work our hardest.

"The gap [is bridgeable] because this is football. One of the beauties is that you start again fresh."

Lampard also confirmed he will make a late decision on whether to use fitness doubts N'Golo Kante, Willian and Antonio Rudiger at Old Trafford. 

New Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe and striker Alexandre Lacazette are unlikely to start their Premier League opener against Newcastle United on Sunday, coach Unai Emery has hinted.

Arsenal broke their transfer record to acquire Ivory Coast international Pepe from Lille in the close season, shelling out a reported £72million on the winger.

Pepe had been attracting significant interest from many of Europe's top clubs, with Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Napoli and Liverpool all said to have been keeping tabs on him.

Arsenal made the move and he joined an exciting Gunners attack, though fans might have to wait a week or two before they see him in the starting XI, while Lacazette is struggling with an ankle injury.

"We played progressively in pre-season, including some players later," Emery told reporters in his pre-match news conference. "We are going to start on Sunday with the players I am very, very convinced are 100 per cent [fit].

"For some players it's impossible to achieve that performance for us because they arrived later, they're starting training with us after one injury. Lacazette, for example, he started training with us yesterday [Thursday].

"For Sunday, I don't know now [whether Lacazette will be fit], tomorrow [Saturday] we will check.

"The same with Pepe, he is working and training with us for a week. Progressively I want them to feel good with their partners, with their coaches, with us.

"It's different to how he was training in Lille. I want to give him the best moment to make his debut with us. Maybe it can be Sunday, I will decide [on Saturday]."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino fears the early end to the transfer window in England could create a "mess" for Premier League clubs.

Tottenham squeezed Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso through the door on deadline day and kept hold of Danny Rose after reportedly rejecting an offer from Watford.

Pochettino confirmed left-back Rose remains a "very important part" of his plans but did not delve into Christian Eriksen's situation.

Linked to both Madrid clubs, the creative midfielder could still leave for LaLiga as the transfer window in Spain does not shut until September 2, consistent with France, Italy and Germany.

"It is not right to talk about personal situations. It is all rumours. We cannot waste time talking about every single rumour," Pochettino told reporters when asked about Eriksen.

"The players who are here, I am more than happy to have.

"Of course, we are at this point where European clubs have 20 days more and I think that was a big mistake.

"We open the door to other clubs to cause a confusion within your squad. I think we need to go back and change to operate in the same way [as the rest of Europe].

"The Premier League cannot give this advantage to the European clubs. It can create a mess in clubs in England."

One of the clubs said to be interested in Eriksen, Atletico Madrid, took Kieran Trippier away from Spurs last month.

That deal and the loss of Juan Foyth to an ankle injury until September leaves Pochettino with a decision to make at right-back, not that the manager is concerned.

"We can create players who can play in different positions," he said. "We try to find the best solution and I love the challenge to try and create that dynamic."

Tottenham begin their Premier League campaign at home to Aston Villa on Saturday.

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has denied David Luiz went on strike to force through a move to Premier League rivals Arsenal.

The Brazilian centre-back made the switch across London on Thursday in a shock deadline-day transfer, with Arsenal paying in the region of £8million.

David Luiz was a regular under Maurizio Sarri last season and was used by Lampard in five of Chelsea's seven friendlies ahead of the new campaign, but reports emerged on Wednesday alleging that he refused to take part in training as he wanted to leave.

But Lampard has clarified the situation by suggesting it was a mutual decision to bring an end to the 32-year-old's second spell at Chelsea.

"We had some conversations over the last week, honest ones and the conclusion was that he should move on," he said at Friday's pre-match news conference. 

"It's a position that I have a lot of competition in. Everyone has to understand that. He has moved on and we wish him the absolute best, because he has been a big part of our history.

"There wasn't any strikes. No fall-outs, just honest conversations. As a player I want that as a manager and I think I got that from David. Him not training was a decision I made."

David Luiz only signed a two-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge in May, but he will now spend the next couple of seasons with rivals Arsenal.

Asked if Chelsea have directly helped to strengthen the Gunners, Lampard said: "You can't dictate too much what happens at times. 

"The decision was that he moves on to Arsenal and I focus on here. Yes, he is a good player."

Chelsea also said goodbye to skipper Gary Cahill and star attacker Eden Hazard during the close season, while Christian Pulisic - signed in January - was the only player to arrive due to their two-window ban on registering new players.

"It is what it is," Lampard said of the transfer restrictions. "We have to remain competitive while we are in this position. 

"With the ban it has been easy to write off this squad, and I don’t write off this squad at all. I think that what is important is that you have a target within the group. What matters is how we approach things. We will see how we go."

David Silva has been named the new captain of Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has confirmed.

The experienced former Spain international, who signed from Valencia in 2010 and has won 10 major trophies at the Etihad Stadium, takes over the armband from Vincent Kompany, who joined Anderlecht as player-manager at the end of last season.

In June, Silva announced 2019-20 will be his last with City.

Guardiola said the 33-year-old playmaker, who was elected by team-mates, will be supported by vice-captains Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.

"A captain has to be what he is," the City manager said ahead his side beginning their quest for a third consecutive Premier League title at West Ham. "It's an incredible, big respect from his mates. The decision they have to take is the best thing for the club.

"David has to be himself, make decisions for the team. Normally, it depends what the captain is like when [in] the locker room. They are nice guys, they know each other, they laugh a lot. It will not be a problem. He will be a good captain."

Champions City are likely to hand a Premier League debut to club-record signing Rodri on Saturday, although the match comes too soon for Joao Cancelo, whose move from Juventus in a part-exchange deal involving Danilo was only confirmed on Thursday.

"Cancelo is not going to play, not yet," Guardiola said. "He's going to settle good, he has experience, especially in Turin with a very important team.

"Rodri, every day I'm more convinced that this deal we have done with him will be one of the best this club has done in the last years. He will be an incredible holding midfielder."

City will also have Aymeric Laporte back from a knock, and Riyad Mahrez is available after he skipped the Community Shield clash with Liverpool due to concerns that medicine he took while on international duty with Algeria could complicate a doping control test.

Guardiola is expecting a difficult test against a side managed by former City boss Manuel Pellegrini, especially given the Hammers' form towards the end of last season, when they claimed three consecutive wins over Tottenham, Southampton and Watford.

"Last season, they finished well," he said. "Manuel has quality in identifying the way he plays. At the start, it was not easy: they lost the first three of four games. But he's a calm person and the board supported him. He made good results at the end of the season.

"The quality in his teams and the quality of the players up front, they've got many good players. It's the first game. Playing away is tricky but we are ready."

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