Liverpool’s Milner and Mane secure victory at Palace

Tanya Simon
August 22, 2018

Liverpool made it back-to-back wins to start the Premier League season with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park this evening.

The Eagles started well and nearly took the lead with Andros Townsend seeing his superb curled effort coming back off the crossbar.

And during Monday night's clash between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park, match official Michael Oliver's athleticism was on display. Once again, his distribution was unreal, he was nearly a field player today with the way he knocked the ball around, and that is something so new to this Anfield side and will really add a special dynamic throughout the season.

However, Milner crucially converted from the penalty spot after a foul on Mohamed Salah at the end of the first half, with Mane's breakaway goal wrapping up the points deep into stoppage time.

But the match turned on a refereeing decision when Mohamed Salah was adjudged to have been tripped by former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho.

Was Oliver correct to award Liverpool the penalty or should it have been disallowed?

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"That's my opinion and I think VAR will not help". This is one of the best referees in the country, they are human beings.

"If I don't say that those are not penalties both for and against my team I will be very disappointed in myself". He's trying to defend. More importantly, defensively, Joe Gomez put together a fantastic performance in central defense and may just be cementing his spot as a starter, and now Jurgen Klopp's squad has two clean sheets to begin the season.

"When he gets the ball at his feet, he can drive past people and he makes it look so easy. I'm more interested in the fact we played really well".

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

"Quality costs a specific price, it's with cars like that, with a lot of things like that and with players as well, that's why we paid it", he said referring to Van Dijk's fee.

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