The first game for Liverpool at Anfield this season ended in victory for the hosts, who managed to salvage a goal in the 73rd minute through Sadio Mane (scoring his 2nd of the season). Mane’s goal came as a relief for the Liverpool fans as it was looking like this encounter might be heading towards a draw as the game stood at 0-0 heading into the final quarter.
The score line however arguably should have been telling a different story. Liverpool had chances (many from set pieces) but the score remained at 0-0 in the first half, due to Liverpool failing to be more clinical in the box. Most notably Joel Matip, who missed a header from close range early on to put the hosts in front.
On a positive note however for the Liverpool fans, debutant Andrew Robertson, had a very impressive first game, setting up multiple opportunities and looking very lively throughout the game trying to find Liverpool’s front men. Robertson has potentially earned himself another start for Liverpool next week in their mid-week fixture against Hoffenheim in their bid to cement a place in the group stages of the Champions League.
Despite being on the wrong end of the result the visitors Crystal Palace can take encouragement from their performance at Anfield. Benteke held the ball well up front, but should have converted a chance on goal when he found himself unmarked at close range, but instead sent the shot flying over the bar. It was however a much more organised display around the field from the Eagles, compared to last week’s 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield.
This said however they are still yet to score a goal in this season’s campaign and will be looking to change this as they are experiencing a slight drought in the goal department having only scored in one of their last seven Premier League games.
De Boer will be looking to change this statistic sharply if Palace are to be competitive in Premier League this season, and more importantly so that he might look to register his first win as their new manager.
Next week the Eagles are back at home to face Swansea who are also yet to record a win in this season’s campaign. Whilst Liverpool face Arsenal at Anfield in what could be a pivotal game in the race for the top four.
Written by Cameron Harrison