Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace: Mane is the man

Premier League
Saturday 19 August 2017 - 3:00 pm
Anfield
Liverpool1
0Palace
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15'Puncheon
63'van Aanholt
Henderson68'
⚽️ Mane73'
Possession %
7228
Total Shots
234
Shots on Target
131
Shots Blocked
51
Offside
24
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Liverpool, with a much changed line-up, beat Crystal Palace at Anfield in their first home game of the season.

The reds had made three defensive changes as well as two further ones, but despite an average display, Sadio Mane popped up in the second half to create and finish a move to put Liverpool into the lead and secure all three Premier League points.

In came Klavan, Gomez and a debut for Andy Robertson - Lovren, Moreno and Alexander-Arnold were all rested/dropped.

Emre Can and Mohammed Salah moved to the bench - with James Milner and Daniel Sturridge returning to replace them.

Sturridge had little impact though on his return from a relatively mini-injury - with his main involvement being the drilling of a free kick straight into the wall.  Mane was involved twice in some early domination by the reds but Hennessey and a tightly packed Palace defence kept Liverpool at bay.

The reds ended the first half having had almost 3x times the number of touches as Palace but it remained, stubbornly, level.

Second half and both teams looked to bag all three points - Palace after all were looking for an amazing 4th straight win at Anfield! Benteke was in acres of space in the Liverpool area but drilled over.  At the other end Hennessey spilled a Sturridge shot but Firmino was flagged offside when he went to collect it.

Klopp made changes - Salah and Solanke came on for Sturridge and Wijnaldum.

And inside the final 20 minutes the reds made the breakthrough.  Mane starting the move that saw a ball head towards the goalkeeper - but Sadio had continued his run and lashed the ball into the net in front of the Kop.

Relief and jubilation around Anfield.

Liverpool saw out the remaining game without collapsing under the pressure and despite a below-par performance came away with the maximum points and can now focus fully on the midweek crucial Champions League decided v Hoffenheim.

Andy Robertson enjoyed a decent debut - not troubled too much from a defensive aspect and able to show off some of his attacking prowess with decent delivery into the box.

Man of the Match: Sadio Mane.

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