Post match: Liverpool v Crystal Palace (EPL 18/9/21 3pm)

Man of the match
  • Alisson BECKER
  • James MILNER
  • Ibrahima KONATE
  • Virgil VAN DIJK
  • Kostas TAIMIKAS
  • Jordan HENDERSON
  • Thiago ALCANTARA
  • Sadio MANE
  • Mohamed SALAH
  • Diogo JOTA
  • Naby KEITA
  • Curtis JONES
  • Divock ORIGI

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Unused Subs: Kelleher, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Robertson, Phillips.

:arrows_counterclockwise: 62’ Naby KEITA on, Thiago ALCANTARA off
:arrows_counterclockwise: 76’ Curtis JONES on, Diogo JOTA off
:arrows_counterclockwise: 88’ Divock ORIGI on, Divock ORIGI on

:soccer: 43’ Sadio MANE (Assist Mohamed SALAH)
:soccer: 78’ Mohamed SALAH (Assist Virgil VAN DIJK)
:soccer: 89’ Naby KEITA

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Never in doubt.

Six- count ‘em- six changes for the Tricky Reds for this afternoon’s visit of Crystal Palace to Anfield. We had a completely new back four, compared to the defence against Milan midweek, with Virgil returning to marshal the back line. Alongside him, there was a first start for our only major summer signing, Konaté, and much was expected of the (hopefully) heir apparent. Trent was absent with an unspecified illness, so Milner was chosen to face the visitors’ danger man, Zaha, in the right back position. Robbo was rested, according to Jürgen, but Tsimikas has already shown he is an adept replacement this season.

There was almost a dream start for Palace, as Gallagher looped the ball into the box and Zaha drew a very sharp save from Alisson, who somehow clawed the ball onto the post. (As an aside, it was good to see our goalkeeper in green, as it should be.) Benteke headed against the upright soon afterwards but was offside. At the other end, Milner burst forward and crossed to Jota but the forward could only head over under pressure from Andersen. A cracking start!

Mané found Tsimikas but Jota’s shot was wayward, to be polite; Benteke tried to release Zaha but Milner intervened easily.
Tsimikas found Henderson but the captain’s volley was turned around the post by Guaita. No tried to release Jota but Andersen just managed to get his head to the ball.

Zaha might have had a penalty when Konaté got a bit too close for comfort (I’ve seen them given) but the game then hit a bit of a lull after an enthralling opening twenty minutes. Benteke had a shot deflected behind by Konaté and Liverpool had a chance to break from the resulting corner but Mané got his attempted pass to Salah all wrong.

Thiago had a drive blocked on the half hour mark; Salah volleyed into the turf at the far post and the ball looped harmlessly over the bar. Mané had an improvised volley blocked; Benteke thought he was tripped by Tsimikas at the far post. Thiago had a header saved by Guaita and Jota inexplicably hoofed the rebound over from four yards with an empty goal at his mercy.

Tsimikas sent in a corner which Salah nodded goalwards; Guaita saved brilliantly but Sadio was on hand to tuck away the rebound. 1-0 to the good guys on 43 minutes and that meant he became the first player in Premier League history to score in nine consecutive games against the same opponents. It was also Sadio’s 100th goal in all competitions for the Reds.

As the players trudged off for their halftime oranges, the Reds deserved the lead but Palace had had a couple of credible penalty shouts and looked dangerous on the break. Let’s hope that Jota’s shocking miss- it really is a contender for miss of the season so far- wasn’t going to come back to haunt us.

The second stanza started slowly but Zaha burst through five minutes in and squared to Gallagher, whose touch was heavy and let our bearded Brazilian in to collect. Good job the Chelsea loanee didn’t see the unmarked Ayew behind him.

Soon afterwards, Mo did extremely well tracking back to help Milner deal with Zaha; those who say the Egyptian never defends should be fed a replay of this incident on loop.

Thiago had a shot deflected harmlessly into the air and Guaita collected easily; Fabinho blasted a 30-yard free kick straight into the wall. Thiago was down with a knock when Palace had a rare foray forwards; Jota brought down Gallagher literally six inches outside the box or it would have been a definite penalty. Fortunately, Ayew did what Fabinho had gone a couple of minutes earlier and just blammed it into the wall.

Thiago was unable to continue and was replaced by Naby. Virgil headed a Tsimikas free kick over when he might have done better; Palace made a double substitution with the danger man Odsonne Edouard replacing Benteke and Reidewald coming on with McArthur parked on the bench.

Keïta had a drive spilled by Guaita but Salah was unable to beat the excellent Palace ‘keeper with the rebound. Ayew blasted wastefully over and Edouard was thwarted by Alisson; Zaha looked for a penalty as Palace sought an equaliser.

Jones replaced Jota with fourteen minutes remaining; shortly afterwards, Salah smacked home a volley after Palace failed to clear properly and Virgil’s header, after Tsimikas’ cross, fell to the Egyptian. 2-0 with just over ten minutes to play.

Edouard was again denied by Alisson and Zaha blasted well over; Milner had to use all his experience to frustrate the promising Palace substitute, Oliseh. Henderson was ready laced by the lesser-spotted Origi for the last few minutes.

Jones had a shot deflected wide for a corner and from the resulting corner, Naby unleashed an unstoppable strike with his left foot from the edge of the box. 3-0 in stoppage time. Divock cleared from Zaha and had his chant sung by the Anfield faithful.

And that was just about that. A comfortable win, top of the table and looking good for the future, with a very promising debut for Konaté and Tsimikas once again proving that he is a more than able deputy for Robertson.

Next up is a trip to East Anglia to face Norwich in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening. I’d imagine we’ll field some youngsters and fringe players with a sprinkling of more experienced heads; much will depend on how seriously our hosts take the match.

MOTM: Raymond Blanc OBE. I was fortunate enough to be invited to a friend’s birthday party at Le Manoir Aux Quat’ Saisons earlier this week and it was absolutely superb. The food, wine and service were all of the very highest standard, yet the atmosphere was relaxed and not at all stuffy. It’s clear that the celebrated chef patron runs a very tight ship but the staff are all so friendly and accommodating; I simply can’t recommend Le Manoir enough for a special occasion.


Well in Palace. On another day they would have won that. Great game of football. Crystal Palace are a club with integrity in the way they go about things. I like Viera too and hope he does well there.

Big risk from JK, but thankfully paid off. I guess he’s going to have to do this a lot if we’re going to compete with the squads the wealthy clubs have. We were much more assured in the 2nd half. Great result, Naby worldie, double happy :smiley::+1:


More proof of the 2019/20 mojo is coming back nothing vintage but win 3 nil.



Very happy with three points. With the never played before back 4, clean sheet was a surprise. But, Alisson has a huge credit for that. Makes things so simple, but we would have even drawn the game without him despite scoring 3. Crystal Palace déjà vu eh?

Henderson was an absolute beast. He dictated the game and indirectly was involved in all our attack. Salah mane looked sharp and hungry. Glad both of them got their goals. Tsimikas put in a good shift, very good going forward. Konate’s first game and he gets a clean sheet. And finally Naabyy lad! So happy he finally got a goal and what a thunder it was. Hope signs of things to come.

We look sharp. We have depth and we have players who are hungry, competitive and have a point to prove. And we have fans now to push them if they need. I am incredibly optimistic and happy right now
:star_struck: :grin: :partying_face:


The announcers of the feed I watched said the match was closer than the score indicated. Hard to see it that way, especially after the last twenty minutes of the first half when Palace were lucky to only concede one. Very crisp football from us, especially in that period. I thought the midfield was just outstanding today. Quickly moving the ball, cutting off counters. And that ageless Milner.


Not comfortable for a long time, but never really in doubt. Zaha was kept quiet. Obviously delighted for Mané and Naby after recent criticism for both.

My motm was Alisson who made some really important saves at the start of the game and after the first goal.


Alisson mom. Was class today.


Top of the fucking league boys and girls :slight_smile:


In light of this prediction, I’m going to go further and say, with Harvey out, Naby is going to finally show what he’s got…


Get in Naby Lad! Hopefully it is a springboard


Huge huge win! Usually have a European hangover…

Even better shitty dropped points.


We rode our luck at times.
How Hendo and Milner managed not to pick a red :man_shrugging:


:notes: We ain’t got no money we’re still gonna win the league :notes:

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:


Favourite moment of that match was definitely Naby’s deadpan celebration after belting in the 3rd.

City dropping points is the icing on the cake there.

Robbo got a rest, ibou looks a beast, Milner evergreen.


Looked too tight for my taste all day - they turned it into a stroll in the end. Courtesy an on point MOTM performance by Ally.

With this line up it borders on trolling. Cheeky Kloppo.

Totally over the moon for Naby. Hopefully another booster to his confidence.

Motm : Allison with a capital A , Mo and Virgil.
Celebration of the season this far: Naby “wtf just happened” Keita


We’re yiu watching Aussie feed.