Mane rewards Liverpool perseverance against resilient Crystal Palace
- Author: Angelo Rivera Aug 21, 2017,
Aug 21, 2017, 6:15
"You know they're going to make good runs and you know when they get a chance they should put it away and Sadio's in great form just now, everything he hits seems to go in, so hopefully that continues and everyone else can start pitching in with goals".
The Brazilian is hands down the best player at the club, and his absence was telling as Liverpool were held to a 3-3 home draw to Watford on the opening day of the season.
Liverpool made five changes to its lineup, with this match coming between the two legs of its Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim, and record signing Mo Salah was among those to start on the bench.
Liverpool looked far more solid against Palace in their 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon, albeit against a weak attack spearheaded by Christian Benteke, and Klopp believes that his backline deserve more credit. Joe [Gomez] and Robbo (Andrew Robertson) were really good. Moreover, he was impressive for PSG in the second half of the last season as well.
Still missing forward Philippe Coutinho through a back injury, after Liverpool reportedly turned down a third offer from Barcelona for the Brazilian playmaker on Friday, the hosts struggled to break down a stubborn Palace. "I have no idea how much we had the ball but it was a lot". We played a little deeper but also that was because Liverpool are a team you have to respect. I saw a team who wants to fight for each other.
"At times they were frustrated but so were we and it was important we stuck together, which we did".
Chelsea loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek was instrumental in the build-up to that chance, and he stood out for a second week running as one of the Eagles' best players, with De Boer reserving praise for the midfielder.
The hosts had 72 percent possession and took 23 shots at goal against Palace's four.