The best photos as Liverpool get hard-earned win at Crystal Palace

20 August 2018

Liverpool earned a crucial 2-0 victory away to Crystal Palace on Monday evening, digging deep and displaying their new-found grittiness.


A 4-0 win at home to West Ham last weekend was the perfect way for the Reds to begin their Premier League account, but a trip to Selhurst Park looked tricky.

On paper, there are few tougher grounds to visit outside the top six and Liverpool would have to work very hard to pick up maximum points.

Jurgen Klopp and former Reds boss Roy Hodgson were cordial with one another prior to kick-off – it’s fair to say the current man in charge at Anfield is faring better than his predecessor ever did!

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 20, 2018: Crystal Palace's manager Roy Hodgson and manager J├╝rgen Klopp shake hands before the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mohamed Salah wasn’t at his best throughout the evening but he was still making things happen, winning a penalty just before half-time.

James Milner tucked away the spot-kick in his own ice-cool manner and the veteran celebrated with his Reds teammates.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 20, 2018: Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal from a penalty kick with team-mate Roberto Firmino (centre) and Naby Keita (right) during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 20, 2018: Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the first goal from a penalty kick with team-mate Roberto Firmino (centre) and Naby Keita (right) during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Salah raced through on goal with 15 minutes remaining but was brought down by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with the Palace defender given his marching orders by Michael Oliver.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 20, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

In the dying seconds it was Sadio Mane‘s turn to be sent clean-through on goal and the Senegalese finished well to send the away fans into raptures.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 20, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane on his way to scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, August 20, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was a huge signal of intent by Liverpool, as highlighted by Klopp’s happiness after the final whistle.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk after the Premier League match at Selhurst Park, London. Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Next up is the visit of Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday evening, as the Reds aim to make it three wins out of three this season.

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