Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season after Sadio Mane scored his 100th goal for the club in a victory against Crystal Palace.
Jurgen Klopp’s side created numerous chances against a resilient Palace before Mane pounced on a rebound at the back post in the first half.
Mohamed Salah doubled their lead with just over 10 minutes remaining when he smashed home a flick-on from a corner, before Naby Keita’s late curling strike made it 3-0.
Liverpool were wasteful in the first half as Diogo Jota fired over the bar from a few yards out in a glorious opportunity, while Thiago and Jordan Henderson were also denied by keeper Vicente Guaita.
Palace had started brightly – hitting the post twice in as many minutes as Liverpool failed to clear their lines in the box – but Liverpool’s persistence eventually paid off.
In the end it was a comfortable victory that capped a good week for Liverpool at Anfield, following their dramatic 3-2 win over AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.
And it means Liverpool go top of the table with four wins from their opening five games, while visitors Palace remain outside the top 10.
Mane continues to haunt Palace
Mane was one of six changes to Klopp’s side from their win over AC Milan, and it must have been an unpleasant sight for Palace fans to see him return.
Having scored twice against Palace on the final day of last season, Mane’s opener at Anfield this weekend made him the first player to net in nine consecutive league matches against a single opponent.
It took his total to 13 against Palace in the Premier League – the most anyone has scored against them – and was the perfect way to notch up his 100th goal in all competitions for Liverpool.
Palace had attacking threat of their own from Wilfried Zaha – making his 250th Premier League appearance – but he was dealt with by the physicality of Fabinho and debutant Ibrahima Konate.
And while Palace continue to adapt and learn under new boss Patrick Vieira, they were given a humbling reminder of the ruthlessness of Liverpool’s attacking quality.
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- 4van Dijk
- 21TsimikasBooked at 75mins
- 14HendersonBooked at 40minsSubstituted forOrigiat 88′minutes
- 6Thiago AlcántaraSubstituted forKeïtaat 62′minutes
- 11SalahBooked at 79mins
- 20JotaSubstituted forJonesat 76′minutes
- 2WardBooked at 83mins
- 8KouyatéSubstituted forOliseat 82′minutes
- 18McArthurSubstituted forRiedewaldat 65′minutes
- 9J Ayew
- 20BentekeSubstituted forÉdouardat 65′minutes
- Andy Madley
Match ends, Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 0.
Second Half ends, Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 0.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jairo Riedewald.
Offside, Liverpool. Mohamed Salah tries a through ball, but Sadio Mané is caught offside.
Goal! Liverpool 3, Crystal Palace 0. Naby Keïta (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner following a corner.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Joachim Andersen.
Attempt blocked. Curtis Jones (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Jordan Henderson.
Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jairo Riedewald.
Foul by James Milner (Liverpool).
Conor Gallagher (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.
Konstantinos Tsimikas (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).
Substitution, Crystal Palace. Michael Olise replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Alisson.
Attempt saved. Odsonne Édouard (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.
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