MATCH REPORT: Sadio Mané Heroics Help Liverpool Kick-Start The Season

MATCH REPORT: Sadio Mané Heroics Help Liverpool Kick-Start The Season
Aug 19, 2017

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Liverpool have recorded their first Premier League win of the season after star forward Sadio Mané struck in the 73rd minute to double his league goals tally. The home side had wasted a string of chances earlier on and looked to be set for another frustrating result before Mané’s timely intervention, while the visitors had their own chance when ex-Red Christian Benteke fired over from eight yards out despite being unmarked.

Despite the narrow win margin, the three points and the resulting clean sheet comes as a welcome result for the Reds after a particularly intense week of speculation over Philippe Coutinho’s Anfield future.

After all the clamour amongst Liverpool fans last season and through the summer for their club to sign a left-back, the Reds did finally sign a proper left-back. While hardly being the amongst the flashy signings of the summer so far, new left-back Andrew Robertson impressed today when thrown against a team that has so often caused problems for the Liverpool back-line in successive meetings.

The £10 million signing from Hull hardly put a foot wrong throughout the game and caught the eye with his encouraging surges forward and accurate crossing. It looks like Milner can now revert back to his original midfield position.

It’s only two games into the season and much too soon to be talking about pressure, but Frank de Boer’s managerial entry into the Premier League has not been all rosy. Two defeats in two have left the London club with no points and near the foot of the table. However, they can take pride in their improvement from last week’s shock defeat to newly-promoted Huddersfield.

Palace have re-found their organisation and stubbornness at the back as they evidently held Liverpool at bay throughout the first half. Going forward today was a much tougher task against a Liverpool side that dominated possession, but with what little possession they had they did manage to carve out a huge chance only for the usually lethal Benteke to fluff his lines. However, De Boer can perhaps take hope in the fact that they made a similar opening last season before proceeding to bounce back strongly and finish in 14th place.

Liverpool will now turn their attention back to their Champions League campaign as they entertain Hoffenheim on Wednesday at Anfield. Jürgen Klopp’s side lead the Bundesliga club 2-1 going into the second-leg and will look to secure a place in the Champions League group stages. Palace, on the other hand, will see midweek cup action as they face Ipswich Town in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

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