Match Preview: Liverpool 1 – 0 Crystal Palace – Reds banish Palace hoodoo

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Liverpool got their first Premier League win of the season thanks to an opportunistic finish from Sadio Mané.

Although Christian Benteke could have opened the scoring at Anfield, Liverpool were the eventual winners as Mané scored the winning goal just after 70 minutes.

It was a game which Liverpool dominated, with Jordan Henderson pulling the strings from deep once more. The skipper played a great pass for Mané in the first half with a lofted pass over the Palace defence close to finding the former Southampton man.

It must be said that, although most of Liverpool’s players performed quite well, new signing Andrew Roberson was head and shoulders above all his teammates on the afternoon.

His crosses into the box from out wide and from the byline were flawless and one found Jöel Matip after 14 minutes and the Cameroonian should have done better to score, although he might have been unsighted by Wayne Hennessey.

The most notable moment from Crystal Palace  in the first half was when their fans sang: “Mamadou Sakho, he’s one of our own.” The Frenchman spent six months at the London club last season but has returned to Liverpool as he looks for a new club.

Roberto Firmino had a pile driver saved by Hennessey just before half time but the Brazilian was always going to struggle to find the opposite top corner from 30 yards.

Liverpool began the second half with increased tempo as it was clear the hosts were looking to take the initiative and the three points.

After ten second half minutes, Benteke missed an absolute sitter as he failed to capitalise on brilliant work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The young Palace midfielder forced his way to the byline and squared for Benteke who cleared the bar comfortably.

Mohamed Salah was introduced on the hour and the Egyptian made a massive impact, using his pace and surprising strength to help Liverpool find the edge that was missing in the first half.

Dominic Solanke was also introduced ten minutes later and his movement helped open up a stubborn Palace defence. Within minutes of his introduction, Manè opened the scoring for Liverpool playing off several rebounds to prod the ball past Wayne Hennessey.

Salah was denied by the Palace ‘keeper as what is best described as an “Arjen Robben-esque” effort on goal. Jinking past a defender, Salah looked to curl the ball into the top corner but Hennessey beat the ball away.

After two games of the 2017/18 Premier League season, Liverpool have four points and will be encouraged by a robust display at Anfield.

Hoffenheim visit the hallowed stadium in just three days as the Germans look to overcome a one goal disadvantage in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League playoff round.

Klopp rested Emre Can, Alberto Moreno and Trent Alexander-Arnold for the game against Palace as he looks to have them fit for Tuesday.

Michael Mongie
Just like you, I am a hugely passionate Liverpool supporter. I started Rousing the Kop in January 2015 and since then it has grown tremendously and has even been nominated as 'Best New Football Blog' in the Football Blogging Awards.


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