Simon Donnelly impressed with Virgil van Dijk display for Liverpool

Lawrence Kim
August 21, 2018

Klopp stuck with the same starting XI for the trip to Palace and James Milner broke the deadlock from the penalty spot.

Palace were reduced to 10 men in the 75th minute when Aaron Wan-Bissaka denied Salah a clear goalscoring opportunity before Sadio Mane netted Liverpool's second deep into injury off a counter-attack.

Liverpool made it two wins in two against Crystal Palace, following up their 4-0 opening day win over West Ham with a 2-0 victory at Selhurst Park.

The second half was just as tense as the first, with even more chances by Crystal Palace coming down the stretch.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson was furious with the theatrics of Salah, saying after the game: "My frustration is I don't think that's a penalty". Everyone is entitled to their opinion.

No team has retained the Premier League title since neighbours United did so in 2008/09.

"I take some comfort and pride in that, but it's not going to change my disappointment and anger at how we came in at half-time losing 1-0". It's not a penalty. That would have been a career I'd have been unbelievably proud of, to have a career at one club and to be as much of an icon and to be as well loved and as well respected at that club as he is, and furthermore to have the respect of everyone in football. It felt like a game Liverpool teams of years past would have folded in whether it be blundering in defense or giving up a penalty it just felt like a very easy game to lose.

'There's no way he's looking to foul the player.

"Sakho is a defender and he has to try and defend". There is no way he is looking to get contact on the player at all.

"If people can't see that I'll be the pariah who only sees what he wants to see and all you guys will see something different and I will accept that". I didn't see it.

"As a result he caught the player and the referee was right to send him off".

Meanwhile, Klopp insisted he had no interest in discussing potential title challenges so early in the season after his side made it two wins from two games to start the new season.

"At the end of Pep's time we could be talking about one of the great teams seen in this country". That's good - a big step for us.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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