Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool: Match Report

Liverpool make it two wins out of two games against ten-men Crystal Palace thanks to Milner’s spot-kick and Mane’s late goal.

Mohamed Salah was brought down on the stroke of half-time with Mamadou Sakho dangling his leg out in an attempt to stop the Egyptian. Replays show that the penalty was very soft and that Salah was already starting to fall over before the contact was made.
Angry protests from the Palace players were calmed down before James Milner converted his penalty to Wayne Hennessey’s left giving the Reds the lead going into the interval.
The half-time whistle was met with an array of boos from the home crowd as Michael Oliver made his way to the tunnel. The drama didn’t stop here as Oliver had another huge decision to make in the 75th minute when Aaron Wan-Bissaka tripped Salah just before he could produce an effort against Hennessey. With Wan-Bissaka being one of the last men back, the youngster was sent off meaning that he will miss Palace’s clash against Watford on Sunday.
10-men Palace were still pushing for an equaliser as Christian Benteke came close when his header produced a smart stop from Alisson. Wilfried Zaha influenced Palace when going forward and his solo-runs lifted the fans but the options in the box just weren’t quite there when they needed it the most.
The Eagles would soon come undone by their efforts to push for an equaliser when Sadio Mane rode a challenge from Patrick Van Aanholt and managed to round Hennessey before slotting it home to secure a successful away trip for the Reds.
It was a fairly quiet half until the 23rd minute when Naby Keita nicked the ball off of Andros Townsend and clipped the ball towards Salah whose attempted chip flew over the bar.
Palace looked comfortable in the first-half and they had a decent chance of their own when Townsend cut inside on his left and curled his effort onto the crossbar before Zaha’s rebounded effort was blocked by Joe Gomez.
Shortly after, Salah picked up the ball from Roberto Firmino’s flick, only to have his effort blocked. The ball then deflected nicely to Keita whose near-post effort was comfortably saved by Hennessey to concede a corner. Palace then had a half-chance just before the 30th minute when Jeffrey Schlupp drilled his shot past the post with Alisson untroubled.
The first-half would end with controversy as Salah won his side a penalty following a challenge from Sakho. The decision was met with disagreement from the Palace players and fans but Oliver shooed away their protests before Milner calmly converted from the spot.
The second-half was end-to-end and Zaha was causing Liverpool problems winning a free-kick just outside the area in the 52nd minute. Luka Milivojevic stepped up and came so close to equalising with Alisson tipping his effort past the post. Benteke also came close two minutes later when his header was pushed away by the Brazilian shot-stopper.
With fifteen minutes left to play, Salah ran clean through on goal only to be brought down by Wan-Bissaka who clipped his legs just before he could shoot. Oliver then had a decision to make and he decided to send off the Palace youngster and leave Palace with ten men in the final fifteen minutes.
Liverpool looked for another goal to secure the win and they managed to find it when Palace’s corner was cleared straight to Salah who slipped through Mane. Mane managed to escape the tackle from Van Aanholt and somehow manage to keep his balance to round Hennessey and secure all three points.

Team News

Both sides had an unchanged eleven from their opening day fixtures. New signings Max Meyer and Jordan Ayew were named on the bench for the first time while Fabinho and Loris Karius missed out on the matchday for Liverpool.

Statistics

  • Mane has scored six goals in his eight Premier League appearances against Palace, more than any other side.
  • The Reds have only lost one of their past 10 Premier League games, winning six and drawing three.
  • Wan-Bissaka is the youngest player to receive a red card in the Premier League (20 years, 267 days).
  • Roy Hodgson suffered his 100th defeat in the Premier League as a manager (W87 D65)

Man of the Match – Virgil Van Dijk

It was another clean sheet for Liverpool and some of it goes down to the solid display from the Dutchman.
Palace had a fair amount of chances especially in the first-half and he was key into making headers, tackles and blocks to keep Liverpool’s 100 percent record intact.

Up Next?

Crystal Palace are live on Sky Sports away to Watford on Super Sunday. Liverpool will be in action this Saturday, welcoming Brighton to Anfield for the evening kick-off.

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