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Three things Jurgen Klopp got right in Crystal Palace win – but one thing he got wrong

Liverpool secured back to back Premier League victories with a comfortable 3-0 win against Crystal Palace.

It is the second time of the season Jurgen Klopp’s side have recorded consecutive victories in the League this season.

Sadio Mane put the Reds on their way by reacting quickest to Vicente Guaita’s save from Mohamed Salah, to put Liverpool ahead from close range.

Salah provided the second-half’s catalyst by reacting instinctively to Virgil Van Dijk’s header, to volley in from close range in 78th minutes.

Reds secured victory in the final minute when Nabykeita, who was replacing Thiago Alonso Alcantara in halftime, added a third.

Daily Star Sport takes a look at three things Liverpool got right and one thing they got wrong against Palace…

Konate impresses on his Liverpool debut



Ibrahima Konate enjoyed an impressive debut for Liverpool
Ibrahima Konate enjoyed an impressive debut for Liverpool

Reds fans have been eager to see their only signing of the summer make his first competitive start at Anfield.

The Frenchman partnered Virgil Van Dijk for his first Premier League appearance since signing for the Reds for £36m this summer.

The Frenchman was up against Christian Benteke, and it was a hard challenge.

The 22-year-old defenseman was more than capable of the task, shackling Benteke, and covering for James Milner, when Zaha slipped in behind.

The defender made a strong and convincing debut, and will be a huge player for The Reds in the coming season.

Henderson’s Liverpool return



Jordan Henderson returned to the starting line-up, having began last week's contest against Leeds United on the bench
Jordan Henderson returned to the starting line-up, having began last week’s contest against Leeds United on the bench

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Liverpool had to ride out an early yellow storm as Crystal Palace came flying out of the blocks at the beginning.

But the Reds were able to wrestle the control from the visitor’s hands, and much of that was to do with the incredible passing and recovering from their midfield.

It was also crucial to bring Jordan Henderson and Thiago alcantara back into the starting eleven.

The Liverpool captain’s ability to read the game, intercept, and cut out counter attacks helped pen Palace into their own penalty area.

The midfield three appear to be building a rock-solid understanding, and their efforts resulted in Liverpool commanding 92% of the possession in the 34th minute.

Although they won’t record the most assists or goals, they will make sure that the Reds always have the ball.

Their outstanding understanding and command of the game, resulted in the Liverpool midfield overwhelming Palace’s midfield.

Milner right-back rescue



James Milner covered for the ill Trent Alexander-Arnold perfectly
James Milner covered for the ill Trent Alexander-Arnold perfectly


Three things Jurgen Klopp got right in Crystal Palace win - but one thing he got wrong

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Trent Alexander-Arnold was expelled from the contest because of illness that wasn’t related to Coronavirus.

Klopp turned his attention to Milner, as Liverpool had no other options at right back.

Despite a shaky start which saw Zaha sneak in behind the 35-year-old, before hitting the post; Milner used his experience and defensive nous to keep out Palace’s dynamic wingers.

Milner also gave Liverpool the service and crossing from the right-handside that Alexander-Arnold was famous for.

Once again, he proved why he is Klopp’s Mr Reliable.

Jota’s day to forget



Diogo Jota missed an absolute sitter to put Liverpool ahead in the first-half
Diogo Jota missed an absolute sitter to put Liverpool ahead in the first-half

Jota has been excellent since signing for Liverpool from Wolves.

The £41m man started the season in mercurial form hammering two goals in the first two games.

He did not have his best day at the goal line for the club.

The Portuguese star completely missed a golden chance to give Liverpool the lead in the first period.

Vincente Guaita saved Thiago Alcantara’s powerful header after he ghosted into goal.

Jota was only three yards from goal. Guaita tried to get his feet up on the floor but Jota misjudged the bounce, and his effort went over the bar.

An athlete of his calibre should have taken advantage of an opportunity like that, but he somehow missed it.

The likes of Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all on the bench for Klopp’s side.

Jota could have started any of those three earlier, but it would have been a brave move. There is a strong argument that Klopp should have taken him off to one of those sooner.

Three things Jurgen Klopp got right in Crystal Palace win - but one thing he got wrong
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