The best photos as Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 1-0

19 August 2017

Liverpool ground out a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon, with Sadio Mane again showing what an influential figure he is.


The Reds entertained arguably their biggest bogey side at Anfield, with the Eagles prevailing on their last three visits there.

Jurgen Klopp made five changes to the side that beat Hoffenheim in midweek, with Andrew Robertson handed his official Liverpool debut in front of an expectant home crowd.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Liverpool supporters on the Spion Kop with a banner remembering the 96th Hillsborough victim Tony Bland during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Respects were paid to those who lost their lives in Barcelona this week, with everyone inside Anfield observing a minute’s silence.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Liverpool players stand in silence to remember the victims of the Barcelona car crash before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Former Red Christian Benteke led the line for Palace, but Joel Matip enjoyed an impressive game up against the burly striker.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Liverpool's Joel Matip and Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Robertson enjoyed a tremendous first appearance for his new club, adding pace and quality down the left flank throughout proceedings.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Liverpool's Andy Robertson during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After a frustrating opening 73 minutes, which saw chances coming and going, it was Mane who again proved to be Liverpool’s hero.

The Senegalese got his second goal of the season from close-range, with huge sighs of relief evident around Anfield.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mane was a menace all afternoon, and with Philippe Coutinho missing, he stepped up to the plate when his side really needed him. What a footballer.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 19, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Next up for Liverpool is Wednesday’s vital Champions League playoff second-leg at home to Hoffenheim, as Klopp’s men look to seal a place in the group stages.

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