Mané, Mané, Mané! Sadio fires Liverpool to three points against Palace

With Sadio Mane netting the vital strike in Liverpool's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp highlighted the winger's importance.

Liverpool, with a much changed line-up, beat Crystal Palace at Anfield in their first home game of the season.

Hennessey was by far the busier of the two keepers throughout, though Palace will look back on a couple of chances of their own - not least the one which fell to former Reds striker Christian Benteke when the sides were still level.

Klopp believes it was a hard match given Palace's desire to sit back and praised his players for their performance.

Robertson replaced Alberto Moreno in the starting line-up and was Liverpool's most unsafe player in the first half with a number of threatening crosses.

"When we think a little bit about how we would feel playing our first game at Anfield, you can not be full of joy because there's a lot of pressure on yourself". Maybe a pragmatic, counter-attacking system is the way to go? I don't really know what happened but I think we were in control at that moment, and suddenly it was at Mane's feet.

"For me the positive thing is we were really concentrated and played as a team, and stuck to the plan that we planned for before the game".

Mane's goal came after a loose touch from Luka Milivojevic was blocked into his path inside the penalty area, leaving goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey - who had been excellent throughout - with no chance of making a save. "I enjoyed every minute playing with all the boys for the first time competitively". Liverpool could not find a way to break down a well organised side.

The London side began the season with a shock 3-0 home defeat by promoted Huddersfield Town in the Dutchman's first league game as manager since replacing Sam Allardyce in the close-season.

He said: "We played nearly 90 minutes very solid".

Using youngster Dominic Solanke as a substitute added more height to the team, whilst Dejan Lovren's late arrival meant that Liverpool finished the game with seven of their eleven players being six foot or over. "I can imagine the 31 August will be a busy day, but if the transfer window had ended yesterday I would not be too unhappy".

  • Rogelio Becker