Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Anfield win wasn’t easy but the Reds powered through for three points.
Things are certainly easier in defence this season. After a year of forced changes and dealing with scraps, Jurgen Klopp was able to comfortably change his entire back four today.
We got a debut for Ibrahima Konate alongside Virgil van Dijk, James Milner at full-back and Kostas Tsimikas back in the XI. Was it perfect? No – but it was never going to be with so much change.
But Liverpool proved their depth in defence.
A frustrating injury
Thiago started this one but left prematurely – his calf appeared to take him out of the game at the hour mark.
It’s a real shame. The Spaniard played wonderfully well until that point but his rhythm is interrupted once again.
We’ll just have to hope this one isn’t a serious issue.
The problem with Jota
Diogo Jota didn’t have his finest game, particularly in front of goal. But there’s a bigger issue with him as a striker.
The 24-year-old offers nothing like the link-play that Roberto Firmino does, preventing Liverpool from moving up the pitch with ease. There were times here where Palace had the Reds pinned back but the lack of link with the forwards prevented a break.
When Jota is scoring goals, this problem isn’t as difficult. In a close game like this, though, the difference was clear.
Naby Keita scores a goal
What. A. Goal. Incredible stuff from Keita as he powered a volley into the net with his weaker foot, from a vertical ball. Just fantastic.
It’s the kind of magic everyone knows Keita is capable of. We just don’t see anywhere near as often as we’d like. This, though, was something special and it continues a decent run of form from Keita.
Back to back to back
The game against Leeds United last week was intense as Marcelo Bielsa’s side pressed like mad. Then the game against Milan was as hectic as it gets, taking everything Liverpool had.
So this was never going to be easy. A rotated side, exhausted players and a Palace team that played to win.
Three wins from three is fantastic, then, particularly as Liverpool ended up with a comfortable 3-0 win over Palace. Jurgen Klopp and co. deserve all the plaudits coming their way after this one.