Liverpool's deadly attack seal victory over Crystal Palace

Roberto Firmino

The Eagles started well and nearly took the lead with Andros Townsend seeing his superb curled effort coming back off the crossbar.

Mamadou Sakho, the Palace centre back, was penalised for a challenge on Mohamed Salah in the 44th minute when the game was still scoreless.

The Egypt global won a spot-kick following a challenge from Mamadou Sakho late in the first half, which James Milner duly scored to give the visitors a 1-0 lead heading into the break.

Eagles' boss Roy Hodgson handed Max Meyer his debut on 83 minutes, hoping the German could create something for the hosts.

This was Liverpool's fifth straight win at Selhurst Park, helping them banish the memories of the 2013-14 title slip up and convince even more people that they will be genuine challengers to Manchester City this term.

Mane wrapped things up in the final seconds of the match to put the score 0-2.

"It was really, really good", Klopp said of Van Dijk's performance against Palace.

He said: "I told (Salah) "say to the referee it was not a penalty". We won it because we scored in two very decisive moments.

The young full-back, who had been left alone as the last line of defence, hardly made contact with Salah, but again Oliver ruled in Liverpool's favour.

Michael Oliver's decision to award the penalty seemed generous, but Hodgson was strong in his condemnation.

But the £75million defender ensured Liverpool kept a clean sheet. "In my opinion in this country you have the best referees in the world".

"Still, around the goal we had, I think, three or four situations, good passes around the box, bit unlucky and then the penalty situation". He's trying to defend. He definitely touches him so there's no question it was a sending off, but I don't think he was looking to clip his heels - he was genuinely trying to get his foot on the ball but didn't succeed.

"We've only played two games, it'll be a very long road and a tough year".

While Klopp avoided overly praising any of his players, as he clearly expects more, he highlighted the lack of scrutiny over Van Dijk's fee as testament to his ability.

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