Salah in diving storm as Liverpool win at Palace

Kristopher Nichols
August 22, 2018

Palace's task was made harder 15 minutes from time when defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka was sent off for bringing down Salah in a goalscoring position.

Roy Hodgeon has a fully fit side to choose from, and are looking to equal their best ever run in the Premier League of eight games unbeaten set from November to December 2017.

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The centre-back arrived from Southampton for £75 million - a world-record fee for a defender - in January, with Klopp now believing the 27-year-old is worth every penny Liverpool paid.

After Wilfried Zaha's run earned a second half free-kick in a unsafe position, Palace captain Luka Milivojevic whipped the set-piece goalwards, only for Alisson to make a superb save low to his left.

"Nobody thinks about that now, which is good".

Despite Liverpool's victory, Klopp said his side's performance was "not brilliant" and the German manager admits he expects more from full-backs Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold. It is too soon to say anything after two match days. Everyone knows that when we are not brilliant, we usually lose. We are just disappointed with the performances of the officials because it has had a direct impact on us'.

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He reserved special praise for Mateo Silva , son of David, who appeared in his dad's arms as mascot prior to the match. Silva started the season well, putting Arsenal to the sword with a well-taken goal in the opening game of the season.

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But Neil Etheridge was the hero for the Bluebirds, blocking Kenedy's unconvincing spot-kick to secure a share of the spoils. Ayoze Perez made a vital block when Cardiff defender Sol Bamba headed Joe Ralls' corner goalwards in the 10th minute.

An angry Hodgson disagreed with Michael Oliver's decision to award Salah a penalty and said Palace should have had a spot-kick of their own when Max Meyer went down in the box. If that's a penalty, then the game has changed beyond all recognition.

Taking advantage of their numerical superiority, Jurgen Klopp's side then made sure of extending their 100 percent start to the Premier League season thanks to Sadio Mane's goal in stoppage-time.

"What would people expect me to say to that decision?"

"We've only played two games, it'll be a very long road and a tough year".

He did seem a step slower than the rest of his teammates, but he also hasn't been playing much football.

Liverpool are in good shape heading into the Brighton game at Anfield on Saturday and I think there is a lot more to come from this team as they move through the gears.

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