Senegal's Mane seals Liverpool win: Salah proves to be the difference

Senegal's Mane seals Liverpool win: Salah proves to be the difference

Javier Howell
August 22, 2018

Luka Milivojevic's free-kick forced a flying save from Alisson early in the second half, but hopes of a home fightback were extinguished with 15 minutes to go when Wan-Bissaka walked for bumping over Salah as the Egypt worldwide raced through on goal.

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

Though Liverpool controlled the early stages, Jurgen Klopp's men had a scare when Andros Townsend hit the bar with a speculative left-footed shot from distance in the 23rd minute.

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Liverpool's win over Palace means Klopp's side have started the season perfectly and will face Brighton on Saturday with the chance to make it three from three and it's my hope that the Reds can make it three games on the trot without conceding.

While the Senegal worldwide is likely to be instrumental once again for the Reds, his team-mate Mohamed Salah usually takes all the plaudits.

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Palace boss Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, felt referee Michael Oliver's decision to award the visitors a penalty late in the first half was a turning point in the game. "I don't think that's a penalty". Sakho is a defender and he has to try and defend.

"If I don't say that those are not penalties both for and against my team I will be very disappointed in myself".

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. After conceding plenty of possession in the first half, the Eagles sprang forward on the counter-attack to eventually defeat the newly promoted side.

"In this country you have the best referees in the world".

Miliovjevic believes Salah went down without any contact from former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho - despite replays showing otherwise.

"And then at the end we have a penalty and it's not given, when (Virgil) Van Dijk clears out my player Max Meyer when he's about to get a flick on the ball".