21st August, 2018
When a team is serious about its ambitions in a race, it shows that right from the beginning. And that is exactly what Liverpool F.C. did last night as they went to Crystal Palace, worked their asses off and came back home with the sweet three points that were on offer for that game.
Liverpool F.C. have now started the season with two wins from two, thereby making sure that they keep up the pace with reigning champions Manchester City.
This was very important for the Klopp side if they are to keep up their hope of upstaging the reigning champions at the end of the season.
The team had to really fight hard for the win as Crystal Palace is proving to be a side that is improving match by match and getting difficult to handle. The team surely will get better if it continues on this path.
Credit be given to them as they came out smoking right the very beginning of the game taking it to the Reds showing signs of a team full of confidence.
Unfortunately for them, they were up against a Liverpool team that is surely a notch above their level and a team that is very consistent in their performances of recent. Even at that, it took Liverpool until the very end of half time for them to find a break through with James Milner putting the visitors ahead from the penalty spot after Mohamed Salah was adjudged to have been fouled by Mamadou Sakho.
This was definitely a dampener for the home team who had done everything possible to hold their own against the elite visitors until that point.
They definitely had to rue the missed chances that came their way in the course of the game as they had several good attempts on goal but were thwarted every single time, and in the dying minutes of the game, Sadio Mane scored with virtually the last kick of the game to wrap up the points and send Liverpool F.C. joint top of the table.
Crystal Palace will now have another tough game in their next match as they go up against Watford, while Liverpool prepares to host a Brighton & Hove Albion side that has just celebrated a huge victory against a lackadaisical Manchester United.
The line-up for this game was as follows:
Crystal Palace: Hennessey (6.5), Wan-Bissaka (6), Tomkins (6), Sakho (6.5), van Aanholt (6), Townsend (6.5), Milivojevic (6.5), McArthur (6), Schlupp (6.5), Benteke (6), Zaha (6.5)
Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (7), Gomez (6.5), van Dijk (7), Robertson (6.5), Milner (7), Wijnaldum (6.5), Keita (6.5), Salah (7), Firmino (6.5), Mane (7.5)