Liverpool 3 – 0 Crystal Palace: Post Match Analysis

Bertrand Traore

Liverpool earned an impressive 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Thanks to goals from Sadio Mane, Mohammad Salah and Naby Keita. Liverpool continued their unbeaten run in the Premier League campaign. They are level on points with Chelsea and are in the second position on the table due to goal difference.

Sadio Mane scored his 100th goal for Liverpool against Crystal Palace on Sunday. Mane put Liverpool in front in the first half. Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita scored after the break to continue their unbeaten start to the Premier League campaign.

Mane also set a Premier League record to become the first player to score in nine successive games against the same opponent. Jurgen Klopp’s side goes top of the table after the result while Palace slips to 14th position.  Summer’s newly signing Ibrahima Konate started his first match of the season but Trent Alexander-Arnold was left out of the squad with illness. While Andy Robertson started on the bench.

Liverpool outclassed Crystal Palace and remains unbeaten in the Premier League

Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane were recalled to the starting lineup after being rested for the midweek Champions League win over AC Milan. However, it was Crystal Palace who started attacking first and struck the woodwork in the opening two minutes. The Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker tipped the ball onto the post. Two minutes before the break, Liverpool broke the deadlock when Guaita could only parry Salah’s header into Mane’s path for a tap-in.

Mane has now scored 13 goals in 14 appearances against the south London club. Liverpool controlled the second half and doubled their lead in the 78th  minute when Salah struck home following van Dijk’s flicked header from a Konstantinos Tsimikas corner. Keita grabbed a third with a fine looping volley with a minute remaining to seal the points for Liverpool.

“It is one of the most hard-fought 3-0 wins ever. Physicality was immense and we had to be ready. It is massive in games like this. These are the games you have to win when you are not brilliant. This is one of those important games for us,” said Jurgen Klopp in a post-match interview with Sky Sports.

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