Mane strikes as Liverpool scrape 1-0 win over Palace

LIVERPOOL ENGLAND- AUGUST 19 Jurgen Klopp manager  head coach of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace at Anfield

Mane strikes as Liverpool scrape 1-0 win over Palace

Yet despite Palace's poor showing last weekend, they went to Anfield with hope of becoming the first team to win four consecutive matches at the ground since Arsenal managed the feat 82 years ago.

A great result for the Reds today as they battled to a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

"We were not 100% happy, but it's not a general problem". We have to work on it.

Speaking following his side's defeat, he was asked if there were some positives from the game, despite some missed chances - he said, via "Yeah of course, I think we played 95 minutes very concentrated. I have no idea how much we had the ball but it was a lot", the German said after Liverpool had 72 per cent of the possession and took 23 shots, of which 13 found the target.

"[Ragnar] Klavan and [Joel] Matip did really well in the protection".

The changes give opportunities to Andrew Robertson and Joe Gomez to impress in defence with the former making his debut for Liverpool after a summer move from Hull. You can not defend it differently, to be honest.

"We had moments in the first half but had to be more patient because they were deep".

Robertson finally made his debut on Saturday after Klopp had previously opted to start fellow left-back Alberto Moreno with 2016/17 mainstay James Milner on the subs bench for earlier games.

"Everybody can now see how good Robbo - with a few more sessions - can be, especially in offensive situations". If Klopp can hold on to Coutinho then Liverpool will not really need to sign another attacking player.

"When we think a little bit about how we would feel playing our first game at Anfield, you can not be full of joy because there's a lot of pressure on yourself".

They can now prepare for Wednesday's Champions League second leg against Hoffenheim without the recriminations that would have followed anything but victory in this game.

The Reds lead the tie 2-1 after winning away in Germany last week.

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