Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Sadio Mane punishes profligate Christian Benteke as Liverpool beat Palace

Sadio Mane punishes profligate Christian Benteke as Liverpool beat Palace

The Senegal winger's 72nd minute strike ensured Jurgen Klopp's side did not fall afoul of an Eagles side chasing a fourth successive league win at Anfield.

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has questioned whether some Premier League clubs are conforming to Financial Fair Play.

Andrew Robertson was playing like your modern day full-back should.

A foray into the box by Mane resulted in a chance for Georginio Wijnaldum, but he fluffed a shot from eight yards out, much to the Kop's audible frustration.

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.

Matip did a fine marking job on Benteke throughout.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Riedewald; Ward, Milivojevic, Puncheon, van Aanholt; Loftus Cheek, Benteke, Townsend. It was a huge let-off for Liverpool. The last three times Palace have visited Anfield, they have come out victors, so Klopp's Reds were looking to end the hoodoo.

Robertson replaced Alberto Moreno in the starting line-up and was Liverpool's most risky player in the first half with a number of threatening crosses.

"We defended brilliantly and we had the ball all of the time - it felt like 85 percent possession". Second half we did it better, the first part was really good. We could have finished more often than we did, but had our moments.

In fact, in the previous meeting, it's only the last game that Liverpool managed to win at home. It was a nice goal and we deserved it a lot. We have to work on it.

There was also plenty of change from the side that played against Watford, so continuity could have been a problem, but all the players understood their positions and played their roles perfectly. "It was an all-inclusive package". And I know we can get better. "We know it is a very hard situation with Philippe and at the moment there is nothing new to say".

The pundits did touch on the Eagles' display though, with former Reds man Danny Murphy praising the Eagles. However, with Frank De Boer at the helm, Palace will inevitably plays a passing game, and that will play right into Liverpool's hands. "It was a good performance defensively and a clean sheet was pleasing".

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

"Of course we saw the match and we saw the pre-season games of Crystal Palace, not just our match but all we could get". And, while they won 2-1 in Hoffenheim in the Champions League in midweek, Liverpool could easily have drawn or lost the match.

The Reds lead the tie 2-1 after winning away in Germany last week.

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