Liverpool comfortably beat Crystal Palace 3-0 on Saturday afternoon. Here are three players who really stood out at Anfield.
Wow. Liverpool lose this game without the Brazilian, let alone beat Palace 3-0. He started things with a tip onto the post and it only really got better from him.
It was a difficult ball to judge as it fell for Wilf Zaha. The poor touch made things unpredictable but Alisson produced a strong hand to keep things level inside three minutes.
Alisson’s two saves from Odsonne Edouard in the second half were truly outstanding, though. A world-class performance from the world’s best goalkeeper.
Mane looked the freshest of the forwards – presumably because he only came off the bench vs Milan. His dribbling was fantastic at times, particular in one first-half moment where the no.10 embarrassed three or four defenders in one move.
He showed wonderful instinct to get his goal, too, drifting to the far post for an easy finish. It’s his 100th for Liverpool – what a player he’s been.
Mane hasn’t been flying for a while now but this was a great sign that he’s approaching his best once again.
Henderson played his 200th game as Liverpool captain here and put in a noteworthy performance. He helped control the midfield against a fairly intense Palace press but it was his work going forward that really stood out.
We know Liverpool want more attacking aggression from midfield this season. The fact Jurgen Klopp kept selecting Harvey Elliott in midfield shows that – the teenager is an attack-first kind of player.
His absence meant Henderson had to provide that at Anfield and he delivered. The captain’s work on the right flank was wonderful, linking with Mohamed Salah and James Milner as well as you can imagine.
He was unfortunate not to create a goal, too, as Thiago’s header was magnificently saved. A captain’s performance then on a milestone game.