Liverpool ended up with a fairly comfortable 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon. Here are three players who gave us all something to talk about with their displays.
Konate certainly had eyes on him here. This was his official Liverpool debut and he’s got to be thrilled with a clean-sheet.
No, he wasn’t perfect. Konate’s positioning was off at times and he made a couple of errors. Absolutely nothing to worry about, though – he was 22-year-old on his debut. Bound to be teething problems.
But all in all, this was encouraging. We expect Konate to get better and better the more he plays and, hopefully, his next game comes against Norwich City in midweek.
Liverpool look to have a good one, here.
Not Jota’s finest hour, unfortunately. The 24-year-old started as Liverpool’s centre-forward, operating in the Roberto Firmino role.
As we’ve talked about before, though, Jota isn’t a perfect fit here. Liverpool rely on Firmino to drop deep and link with midfield but that’s not Jota’s speciality.
Divock Origi showed a different way of playing the role against Milan, too, as he used pace and strength to offer an out-ball. Jota, though, doesn’t really have the physique for that.
He’s all about movement and looking to get in behind – a goalscorer, really. That’s great when he’s at his best but Jota struggled in front of goal at Anfield. Liverpool beat Palace 3-0 in spite of that but the lack of a constant out-ball in the role did hurt the side.
But we’ll back him to learn the role a bit more. Jota’s pressing there is certainly valuable and he offers a bigger goal threat than Firmino. Until he masters linking with midfield, though, Liverpool won’t quite be as effective with Jota up top.
Milner came into this one at right-back after Trent Alexander-Arnold felt ill ahead of the game. He deserves a round of applause for his performance.
Milner isn’t a recognised right-back, nor did he have much time to prepare for this one. He played wonderfully well, though, rarely looking threatened by Wilf Zaha and linked with Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson all game long.
The 35-year-old certainly has lots left to give. He’s the ultimate squad player, capable of filling in gaps at short notice and keeping Liverpool solid.
He got the full 90 minutes here and didn’t look out of place for a moment, despite the unnatural position. Don’t write Milner off this season – he could prove key.