Premier League Statistics: Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace
- Date – 19th August 2017
- Venue – Anfield
- Attendance – 53,138
- Referee – Kevin Friend
- Bookings – Puncheon, van Aanholt, Henderson
- Goals – Mane (73)
- Star Eagle – Wayne Hennessey (9.0)
The reaction from the Palace players was just what the fans had hoped for and it could have been quite different had Christian Benteke taken an excellent chance that came his way. Still work to do but impressively frustrated the hosts for long periods with a performance that de Boer will be pleased with. Something to build on.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
13 Wayne Hennessey (9.0) – An early flap could have led to the opening goal but pulled off a string of fine saves as the game went on which kept the Eagles in with a chance right until the final whistle.
5 James Tomkins (7.0) – First start of the season for the former West Ham man and slotted into the formation with apparent ease.
6 Scott Dann (6.9) – Looked much more comfortable compared with opening day and even had a late stint up front in an attempt to get something from the game.
24 Timothy Fosu-Mensah (7.2) – United fans were disappointed to learn of his loan and after just two games we can see why. Strong in the tackle and an excellent turn of pace.
2 Joel Ward (6.3) – A clear problem area at the moment as he unfortunately struggles with the new role rather than just being a full back in a straight back four.
3 Patrick van Aanholt (7.0) – A good showing from the pacey defender who is as comfortable going forward as he is working back. Replaced by 15 Jeffrey Schlupp (6.1) on 84 minutes to give the side some fresh legs to press for an equaliser.
28 Luka Milivojevic (5.6) – Initially looked like an error that lead to the goal but the replay suggests it was a harsh bounce and series of ricochets that fell kindly for the hosts. Improved showing in this one though for the Serb. Replaced by 25 Sullay KaiKai (6.0) on 77 minutes who impressed in the short time he was on the pitch. Hoping to see much more from him this season.
42 Jason Puncheon (6.3) – The captain struggled once again but had an excellent effort on goal in a break at pace but well saved by the goalkeeper. Replaced by 18 James McArthur (6.2) on 73 minutes who provided that box-to-box runner for the latter stages.
8 Ruben Loftus-Cheek (7.4) – Impressed in both games this season and looks to finally be a loan from Chelsea that may just work out for us. Very good on the ball and strong with it too. Superb work to create a chance which was the best opportunity for Palace to score.
10 Andros Townsend (6.1) – Struggled to make a real impact in the game particularly in the absence of Wilfried Zaha but continued to work hard.
17 Christian Benteke (5.7) – Missed a great chance to give Palace the lead in what was a poor showing from the lone front man against his former side. Needs to be more clinical.
Unused substitutes – Julian Speroni, Martin Kelly, Yohan Cabaye, Jason Lokilo
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WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
“We were quite concentrated for almost all of the match. I saw a team who want to fight for each other. It could be a draw, a Liverpool win or the other way – with our two chances it could have been different. A lot of times they were frustrated because we played very organised. Today this was the best tactic to get the result, but the coin could have fallen the other way.” – Frank de Boer courtesy of BBC Sport.
“It was difficult. We could have played a little clearer in the first half. We defended brilliantly and we had the ball all of the time – it felt like 85% possession. You need to make the right decisions and in the first half we didn’t. We could have finished more often than we did, but had our moments. The second half was much better and I loved the goal we scored because it was not our best one-two in the game. It was a nice goal and we deserved it a lot. At 1-0 up we made the ball do the work. We could have closed the game earlier, we didn’t. It was an all-inclusive package.” – Jurgen Klopp courtesy of BBC Sport.
Not the greatest spectacle, we lacked creativity in midfield. Was impressed by Loftus-Cheek, thought Benteke was poor though.
— Hari Sethi (@Hari_Sethi) August 20, 2017
An important 3 points. You defended well throughout. Thank God for Sadio Mané!
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) August 20, 2017
The Who Scored man of the match was Wayne Hennessey (9.0) while Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane had the most shots (5). Joel Matip made the most tackles (5) and Daniel Sturridge had the most dribbles (4).
- Team rating: 6.97 – 6.62
- Total shots: 23 – 4
- Shots on target: 13 – 1
- Possession: 72.7% – 27.3%
- Pass success: 85% – 65%
- Dribbles: 13 – 7
- Aerials won: 21 – 13
- Tackles: 21 – 21
- Corners: 4 – 2
- Dispossessed: 18 – 17
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 19th in the table, ahead of West Ham United in 20th and level with Brighton & Hove Albion in 18th who also have yet to gain any points.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 22/08/2017 – Ipswich Town (h)
- 26/08/2017 – Swansea City (h)
- 10/09/2017 – Burnley (a)