Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League (5), Anfield
September 18, 2021
Mane 43′ (assist – Salah)
Salah 78′ (assist – Van Dijk)
It meant that Milner was up against Wilfried Zaha – the player who he had fouled on both of the two occasions he’d been sent off for Liverpool previously.
It was a very lively, quick-paced opening to the game, with Palace actually hitting the Reds’ post twice inside the opening three minutes – although the latter was ruled offside. The first required a superb claw away by Alisson on the line.
Liverpool dominated proceedings but had some sloppy moments – not least when Jota inexplicably hammered over the bar from five yards out after Thiago‘s header had been parried to him.
The deadlock was broken just before half-time when Salah superbly met Tsimikas’ corner and his header was rebounded for Mane to finish from close range.
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It meant that Mane became the first player in the history of the Premier League to score against the same opposition in nine consecutive appearances! It was also his 100th goal for Liverpool in all competitions.
Half time: Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
Chances were few and far between in the early exchanges of the second half and Palace brought on Odsonne Edouard – who last week became the quickest ever goalscoring debutant in the Premier League.
Curtis Jones later replaced Jota after a poor display from the Portuguese.
Some sloppy play had encouraged the visitors into attack, but Liverpool got the second goal they needed when Salah expertly volleyed past Vicente Guita off a corner at the back post.
‘The Reds have got no money, but we’ll still win the league,’ chanted the Kop.
Another superb Alisson block denied Edouard minutes later. The Brazilian had earlier denied the same player from close range and was unflappable throughout.
The icing on the cake arrived when Keita volleyed home superbly from the edge of the box after Guita had once again punched another corner into a dangerous area.
In the end, a comfortable win and an impressive scoreline. Four wins from the opening five games puts Klopp’s side top of the table.
TIA Man of the Match: Alisson Becker
Referee: Andrew Madley
Subs not used: Kelleher, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Robertson, Origi, Phillips
Crystal Palace: Guaita; Ward, Guehi, Andersen, Mitchell; Kouyate, McArthur (Riedewald 65′), Gallagher; Ayew, Benteke (Edouard 65′), Zaha
Subs not used: Butland, Tomkins, Kelly, Clyne, Hughes, Milivojevic, Olise