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Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace

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Liverpool ended a run of three successive Premier League home defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane earned Liverpool their first Premier League win of the season as Crystal Palace suffered a second straight defeat despite an improved display at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp's side were heading for a frustrating draw after wasting a string of chances when Mane prodded past Wayne Hennessey for his second league goal of the campaign.

Palace, beaten 3-0 at home to Huddersfield in their opening match, should have scored when the game was goalless.

Christian Benteke was unmarked and eight yards out but blazed over the bar from Ruben Loftus-Cheek's pass.

Welcome clean sheet for Reds

This was far from vintage Liverpool who, for once, struggled in front of goal despite peppering the Palace defence with 16 shots - half of them on target.

Joel Matip headed a great chance wide, while Mane missed a glorious opportunity before he scored - both chances created by debutant Andrew Robertson.

The full-back impressed going forward while helping Liverpool produce a much-needed clean sheet after the defensive horror show in the 3-3 draw at Watford last week.

Klopp made five changes to the team that started the Champions League play-off win at Hoffenheim in midweek and surprisingly left summer signing Mohamed Salah on the bench.

Daniel Sturridge produced flashes of his best form in Salah's place before the £34m signing came on to help his team - who were much better in the second half - to a hard-fought victory.

Mane's goal punctured the frustration which was building inside Anfield.

A one-two with substitute Dominic Solanke seemed to have been dealt with by Palace, only for the ball to roll kindly for the Senegal forward to poke past Hennessey.

Improvement from Palace

Benteke scored both goals in Palace's 2-1 win at Anfield in April and the former Liverpool striker will surely still be wondering how he failed to find the net in this game.

Matip did a fine marking job on Benteke throughout. However, Benteke was well placed to give Palace a 57th-minute lead after excellent work by Loftus-Cheek but somehow hammered the ball over the bar. It was a huge let-off for Liverpool.

Christian Benteke and Joel Matip challenge for the ball
Christian Benteke has scored one goal in his last seven Premier League games

Nevertheless, this was a much-improved performance by Frank de Boer's team after their Huddersfield defeat, and they were well organised and solid at the back in the first half.

They also lost their opening two games of last season before bouncing back to finish seven points above the relegation zone in 14th spot.

Man of the match - Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)

Liverpool defender Andrew Robertson is congratulated by his manager Jurgen Klopp
No wonder defender Andrew Robertson was smiling after his Premier League debut for Liverpool. He produced two wonderful crosses which should have resulted in goals, before being denied himself late on from long range.

'We defended brilliantly' - manager reaction

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp:

"It was difficult. We could have played a little clearer in the first half. We defended brilliantly and we had the ball all of the time - it felt like 85% possession. You need to make the right decisions and in the first half we didn't. We could have finished more often than we did, but had our moments.

"The second half was much better and I loved the goal we scored because it was not our best one-two in the game. It was a nice goal and we deserved it a lot.

"At 1-0 up we made the ball do the work. We could have closed the game earlier, we didn't. It was an all-inclusive package."

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Watching Liverpool is an all-inclusive package - Klopp

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer:

"We were quite concentrated for almost all of the match. I saw a team who wants to fight for each other. It could be a draw, a Liverpool win or the other way - with our two chances it could have been different.

"A lot of times they were frustrated because we played very organised.

"Today this was the best tactic to get the result, but the coin could have fallen the other way."

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Eagles tactics frustrated Liverpool - De Boer

'Impressive debut' - the stats

  • Robertson, who made his Premier League debut for the Reds, created more chances (three) and had more touches of the ball (134) than any other Liverpool player.
  • De Boer is only the second Dutch manager to suffer defeat in his first two Premier League games after Martin Jol, who lost his opening three in the competition.
  • Liverpool have kept five clean sheets in their past six Premier League games, as many as in the previous 21.
  • Crystal Palace have lost six of their past seven games in the Premier League, failing to score in each defeat.
  • The Reds kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace for the first time in 14 competitive matches.
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their past 14 Premier League matches - this fixture last season.

What's next?

Liverpool will now look to finish off the job against Hoffenheim and secure a place in the Champions League group stage. The Reds lead the Bundesliga club 2-1 going into Wednesday's deciding play-off leg at Anfield (19:45 BST).

Palace are also in midweek cup action. They entertain Ipswich Town in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday (19:30 BST).

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 12Gomez
  • 32Matip
  • 17Klavan
  • 26Robertson
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forSolankeat 71'minutes
  • 14HendersonBooked at 69mins
  • 7Milner
  • 19Mané
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forSalahat 61'minutes
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forLovrenat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Karius
  • 6Lovren
  • 11Salah
  • 23Can
  • 27Origi
  • 29Solanke
  • 38Flanagan

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 24Fosu-Mensah
  • 6Dann
  • 5Tomkins
  • 2Ward
  • 8Loftus-Cheek
  • 42PuncheonBooked at 15minsSubstituted forMcArthurat 73'minutes
  • 4MilivojevicSubstituted forKaikaiat 77'minutes
  • 3van AanholtBooked at 63minsSubstituted forSchluppat 84'minutes
  • 10Townsend
  • 17BentekeBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 7Cabaye
  • 15Schlupp
  • 18McArthur
  • 25Kaikai
  • 28Lokilo
  • 34Kelly
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
53,138

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home23
Away4
Shots on Target
Home13
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 0.

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Sadio Mané (Liverpool).

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Crystal Palace. Andros Townsend tries a through ball, but Scott Dann is caught offside.

Booking

Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ragnar Klavan (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Attempt saved. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominic Solanke.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joel Matip.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Dejan Lovren replaces Roberto Firmino.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

Attempt saved. Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roberto Firmino.

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Dann (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Roberto Firmino (Liverpool).

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Patrick van Aanholt.

Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joseph Gomez with a cross.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Andrew Robertson.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Dominic Solanke.

Foul by Dominic Solanke (Liverpool).

Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Liverpool. Joseph Gomez tries a through ball, but Mohamed Salah is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Sullay Kaikai replaces Luka Milivojevic.

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. James McArthur replaces Jason Puncheon.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 0. Sadio Mané (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Dominic Solanke replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

Joel Matip (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man Utd22008086
2West Brom22002026
3Watford21105324
4Liverpool21104314
5Southampton21103214
6Huddersfield11003033
7Man City11002023
8Tottenham11002023
9Leicester21015413
10Everton11001013
11Arsenal21014403
12Burnley21013303
13Stoke21011103
14Swansea201104-41
15Chelsea100123-10
16Newcastle100102-20
17Bournemouth200203-30
18Brighton200204-40
19Crystal Palace200204-40
20West Ham200227-50
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