Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp: Nobody thinks about Virgil van Dijk's price tag now

Ruben Hill
August 21, 2018

Set to come up against some familiar faces when they visit Selhurst Park later today, Liverpool will look to make it two wins out of two outings as their Premier League campaign gets back under way in the Capital as the Reds square up with Crystal Palace.

"I thought we could have done better, but yes we expected Palace to be that strong and clear in their approach against us, playing a big number of long balls". I do think it's a penalty in the last minute when Max Meyer gets wiped out by Virgil van Dijk, but these things happen.

When asked on Sky Sports what would constitute success for Liverpool this season, Van Dijk was straight to the point.

"It is still very early to talk about it (title challenge)".

The game was imperative to start the season off on the right foot, and after Manchester City's drubbing of Huddersfield, we needed a statement win to match.

'We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend.

The hosts went close to opening the scoring when Andros Townsend struck the crossbar with a long-range effort, and Alisson Becker was forced to tip Luka Milivojevic's free-kick wide as they pressed for an equaliser before Wan-Bissaka's dismissal.

Klopp's men finally made the breakthrough just seconds before half-time.

Roberto Firmino's pass found Salah just inside the Palace area and when Sakho caught him with an out-stretched leg, the Egyptian's slightly delayed tumble didn't dissuade Oliver from giving the penalty. Michael Oliver had the flawless view and was quick to point to the spot when Sakho tripped Salah. I'm happy with a clean sheet.

Keita and Andy Robertson were next to have attempts on goal - Hennessey saving from the former, before the latter sliced Salah's hooked cross over.

While Egypt's Mohamed Salah, who is the talisman of Liverpool's attack was not on the scoresheet, he made major contributions to the Anfield side win.

As Palace threw men forward in the final moments, Senegal winger Mane put the result beyond doubt when he sprinted clear, rounded Hennessey and slotted home.

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