Things We Learned From Liverpool's Narrow Victory Over Crystal Palace on Saturday

Palace defender Joel Ward says the Eagle

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit back at the recent criticism of his defence after seeing his side edge past Crystal Palace in the Premier League. Second half, we did it better, the first part was really good.

"You know they're going to make good runs and you know when they get a chance they should put it away and Sadio's in great form just now, everything he hits seems to go in, so hopefully that continues and everyone else can start pitching in with goals". This man (Mané) popped up with a goal when we needed him most and then I thought we were quite comfortable after that with the clean sheet and keeping the ball. It was a counter-pressing situation.

"The second half was much better and I loved the goal we scored because it was not our best one-two in the game. Anfield helps a lot, I think today it was the difference".

The pacy Mane took advantage of a double mistake by Palace midfielder Luka Milivojevic and steered the ball past Wayne Hennessey in the 73rd minute, after the Wales goalkeeper had made a string of good saves.

Palace has started the season with back-to-back defeats under new manager Frank De Boer, having lost 3-0 at home to Huddersfield on the opening weekend.

Liverpool looked far more solid against Palace in their 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon, albeit against a weak attack spearheaded by Christian Benteke, and Klopp believes that his backline deserve more credit.

'Respected by Everybody' - Arsene Wenger Heaps Praise on Gunners Supersub Olivier Giroud
Obviously I am going to be biased because he is French and he plays for Arsenal but I like his overall play. Why don't you play the other ball. "Very neat, very clean, he does whatever the game is asking him to do".

"He's a very important player for our team but we have to deal with it".

"We have to fight every minute together".

Liverpool have rejected three attempts to sign the 25-year-old Brazilian, who signed a five-year contract in January, and the club's owners remain adamant he will not leave Merseyside any time soon.

"Christian had the biggest one but for me the positive thing is we concentrated and really played as a team, stuck to the plan we planned for before the game".

"I am happy with how I have done in the first couple of weeks here".

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