In a game where defending was seemingly lost on both sides, the neutral was served up an absolute treat as the goals kept coming including two in stoppage time to put an end to a thoroughly bizarre encounter.
There were only 12 shots on target over the course of the 90 minutes, yet superb finishing resulted in an extraordinary nine goals with six of those coming in the second period.
Lineker’s comments suggest an easy pick for MOTD’s opening match while Carragher instead focussed on Liverpool’s mental strength and highlighted how winning when not playing well is the sign of a good team.
What a game at Carrow Road. Will take some kicking off top spot on #MOTD— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) enero 23, 2016
Unbelievable! Liverpool 5-4 in the last seconds.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) enero 23, 2016
Sign of a good side they say when you win when not playing well!!!!!!!!!!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) enero 23, 2016
That was madder than Alaves!— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) enero 23, 2016
With Christian Benteke dropped to the bench, the Reds opted to go with Firmino as the lone striker and the gamble immediately paid off as the Brazil international gave the visitors an early lead.
But Norwich hit back, with goals from Dieumerci Mbokani and new signing Steven Naismith – making his debut after joining from Everton - giving the Canaries a justifiable 2-1 lead at half-time.
When Wes Hoolahan put Norwich 3-1 up via a penalty early in the second period, it looked as if Alex Neil’s side would record a rare victory over Liverpool and on the balance of play there could be few complaints.
Yet a tactical switch from Jurgen Klopp, moving James Milner out to the left, sparked a crazy comeback with Jordan Henderson, Firmino and Milner each scoring within 12 second-half minutes.
At 4-3 the game looked done, yet Sebastien Bassong’s superb 92nd minute equaliser erupted Carrow Road before jubilation turned to despair as Adam Lallana scored a dramatic winner one minute later.
It was a topsy-turvy encounter which illustrates exactly why the Premier League is so fondly thought of. The defending on show, however, will no doubt cause plenty of concern for both managers.