Roy Hodgson: it's clearly not a penalty, I don't accept that

Aug 22, 2018, 23:43
Roy Hodgson: it's clearly not a penalty, I don't accept that

The Reds are yet to concede a goal and carry a constant threat with their front three of Salah _ last season's top scorer in the Premier League - Mane and Roberto Firmino.

Van Dijk admits Liverpool had to work hard for the win and says he always knew Crystal Palace would be direct and tough.

He added: "But it was not a brilliant football game from us and we don't have to make it bigger than it is". More importantly, defensively, Joe Gomez put together a fantastic performance in central defense and may just be cementing his spot as a starter, and now Jurgen Klopp's squad has two clean sheets to begin the season. A goal for Keita would do the players confidence the world of good. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.

It's a bold claim, but there's no doubt Van Dijk has significantly improved Liverpool's defence since he joined, with the Reds keeping nine clean sheets out of 16 in the league when the Dutchman has started.

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"There's no way he's looking to get contact on the player himself".

Mamadou Sakho, the Palace centre back, was penalised for a challenge on Mohamed Salah in the 44th minute when the game was still scoreless. "Milly scored in the best minute of the first half". With almost all of the talent that took Liverpool to the Champions League final last season ready to contribute again, it makes sense that Liverpool look strong.

Liverpool's win leaves them second in the Premier League, while Palace drop down to 10th.

Full squad list for Palace by the Premier League without Ayew.

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You could also see the strength in depth Klopp is now working with as he brought Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana off a bench that still had Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri waiting in the wings.

This was a statement win for Klopp's team, installed as City's most likely challengers, and they move into second place after building on last weekend's rout of West Ham.

Visitors Liverpool had 63% of the possession, took 16 shots of which six were on target, and earned seven corners, according to BBC Sport.

"Aaron did his level best to try and get back in and stop Salah from going free with the goalkeeper". Made a couple more really important saves throughout along with some catches and punch outs that needed attention.

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