Published: Sun, August 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace - Sadio Mane goal provides vital home win

Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace - Sadio Mane goal provides vital home win

The Reds were held to a disappointing 3-3 draw by Watford FC last weekend.

And at free kicks too Coutinho's absence was felt more than ever when Palace were there for the taking.

Mane wasted another good Robertson cross by knocking the ball into Wayne Hennessey's hands from an excellent position 10 minutes before half-time.

Klopp has called on new signing Andre Robertson for the first time this season with the left-back finally getting his chance to impress his new fans.

Klopp changed three of his back four for the match, with only Joel Matip surviving from the first two matches as he brought in Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Andrew Robertson, and he was rewarded with a clean sheet.

According to Ladbrokes, Liverpool are frontrunners in the race to land Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez having identified him as top target should Philippe Coutinho leave.

This may explain why Klopp has rejected the latest offer for him from Barcelona even if his team selection can be a little confusing. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will continue to be key figures for the Merseyside club against a resilient Crystal Palace squad.

Luckily for Liverpool, their former striker Christian Benteke skied a shot over the bar after good work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek. He has scored more goals at Anfield as a visiting player (Five) than he did while with the club (Four).

Dominic Solanke was also introduced ten minutes later and his movement helped open up a stubborn Palace defence.

And he was joined in the directors' box by England manager Gareth Southgate.

Matt Le Tissier analyses Liverpool's win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League. If you lose this game then you are behind the eight ball already and I don't think they have been great in the transfer market. We didn't find the spaces in the first half often enough, but we could show the players at half-time where the spaces are.

And the visitors nearly made the Reds pay as a save from Hennessey following Roberto Firmono's powerful strike sent the Eagles away on a swift counter-attack - capitalising on the Reds lack of defensive numbers - which set up Jason Puncheon, but his shot was agonisingly straight at Mignolet.

The much maligned Hennessey was the Eagles' standout performer with some excellent saves, with two in as many minutes from long-range efforts, the first an acrobatic save, the second an excellent effort to get down low to Jordan Henderson's rasping drive.

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