Crystal Palace v Liverpool: Premier League – live! | Football
August 20, 2018
Half-time: Crystal Palace 0-1 Liverpool
That James Milner penalty, right on the brink of the interval, is the difference. Salah made the most of it, but it was a little silly from Sakho, who was struggling to contain the Liverpool forward wriggling away from him. Hodgson, clearly, is not a happy bunny about it, gesticulating with the fourth official. In truth, Liverpool probably deserved a goal for their efforts, though Andros Townsend hit the bar.
45 min: Roy Hodgson stands hands on hips in his technical area. It was fairly soft but Sakho is clumsy, he gets his hands tangled, claws at Salah and the Liverpool forward falls under the challenge.
GOAL! Crystal Palace 0-1 Liverpool (Milner, 45 pen)
Milner slams home, sending Hennessey the wrong way.
43 min: Penalty for Liverpool! Salah fouled, tugged down by Sakho.
41 min: A couple of pesky fouls. Patrick van Aanholt with a bit of a lunge on James Milner, and he earns a booking. Ronald Koeman, sat alongside his wife, Bartina, is up in the stands at Selhurst Park watching on.
40 min: Milivojevic swings in a deep free-kick but Benteke is penalised for clattering Alisson.
39 min: Sadio Mané is slipped in, just inside the 18-yard box but ambitiously shoots. Moments before, Zaha appeared to wrap his arms around James Milner. They both have a little go at each other but Roy Hodgson would not have been best pleased if anything came of that.
37 min: Wan-Bissaka gets to the byline and plays a devious low ball across goal .. but no one’s there to meet it. Without overdoing it, the Palace defender has been utterly superb, in both boxes. And now Palace look to build, with Townsend making life difficult for Gomez.
36 min: Sadio Mané and Naby Keïta combine on the edge of the box, the latter drifts inside nicely but his overhits his ball in. Liverpool have seen plenty of the ball, 70% of it in fact.
34 min: Robertson has a brilliant chance, but fluffs his lines. From the right, Milner plays a lovely dinked ball into Salah, who lofts it across goal. Firmino cannot get any contact on it but there’s Robertson behind him, who revs himself up for a piledriver. But his volley is wayward.
32 min: Firmino turns on the style a little, with a cute flick inside the box but Palace clear their lines. It keeps coming back at them, though, with Schlupp cutting out Wijnaldum’s cross. Hennessey then claims Milner’s cross. It’s right down his throat. Palace could do with some respite.
31 min: A long ball is played downfield and Zaha looks to be in, but Gomez showed a turn of pace to nick the ball back. Selhurst Park collectively gasps.
30 min: Schlupp has a go from distance, driving wide. Benteke does well to hold the ball up, dragging Joe Gomez out with him. Palace pass the parcel on the edge of the box before Schlupp elects to fire at goal. It was always going wide but they’ll take encouragement from that.
29 min: No goals, but a very lively start. And now Wan-Bissaka holds off Sadio Mané. The young full-back has been absolutely brilliant so far.
27 min: Hennessey saves from Naby Keïta! Salah dances his way past Tomkins on the edge of the box, before the ball falls wide to an unmarked Keïta. He shoots from an acute angle but Hennessey’s legs keep it out. The resulting corner comes in but it’s cleared. Then Salah goes head-to-head with Zaha, but the Palace winger comes out on top.
26 min: Liverpool attempt to go straight up the other end through Salah but it’s not quite coming off for him – yet.
24 min: Townsend rattles the bar! A sensational effort. Keïta gifts the ball to the Palace winger, who cuts inside and Liverpool afford him time and space on the edge of the box to wrap his left foot around the ball. He sends a curling effort at goal, and it smashes the bar. The rebound falls to Wilfried Zaha but it’s deflected away.
22 min: Salah is in, after a wonderful swivel and then pass by Naby Keïta over the top. Salah’s through, all he has to do is dink it over Hennessey but he gets too much on it and it sails over. It feels a matter of time. Palace need to weather the storm, as they say.
20 min: Liverpool have the ball in the net … but it’s disallowed by Michael Oliver. Alexander-Arnold swings in a cross towards the back stick, where Mané is lurking. He goes up for it, with Wan-Bissaka for company and between them, they clatter Wayne Hennessey, as the ball rolls in. It was never going to count, but Liverpool are upping the stakes. Palace, meanwhile, are camped inside their own half. Christian Benteke has been totally anonymous.
19 min: Sakho plays a poor ball out from defence, and straight to Naby Keïta. The Liverpool midfielder sprays a pass into Salah, and suddenly he’s virtually one-on-one with Wayne Hennessey. But when it boils down to it, his effort is unusually tame. And the Palace keeper collects.
18 min: From a standing start, Sadio Mané bursts beyond Andros Townsend and then Wan-Bissaka. The Palace full-back looks in trouble, to have been beaten but does absolutely brilliantly to claw back at his man, win the ball, and in the process a goal-kick.
16 min: It’s more of the same from Liverpool, who are stroking the ball about lovely, left-to-right and back-and-forth. They’re dictating the tempo, as are Liverpool’s supporters on the terraces, making a wonderful racket.
14 min: McArthur snaps into a challenge on Wijnaldum to snuff out a lazy Robertson pass. Back come Liverpool …
13 min: Liverpool are probing, Palace are pressing. Alexander-Arnold’s deep cross falls to Milner at the back post, who swings a ball back in but Hennessey punches clear. Palace look to break on the counter, with Gomez forced to pull back Zaha. It was probably a wise move.
12 min: Townsend comes to the edge of the centre circle to grab the ball, fending off van Dijk before Liverpool nab it back. Liverpool go straight up the other end with an incisive move culminating in Robertson sliding a ball across goal after collecting a tidy cut-back by Keita. But Hennessey gets there to claim it and avert the danger.
10 min: The atmosphere cranks up as van Aanholt skips around one challenge before Keita dives in to seize back possession. Milner attempts to free Salah but he’s flagged offside. Liverpool just need to think a little bit smarter.
9 min: Every Palace player is inside their own half, men behind the ball and all that. They’re pretty nifty on the counter, in fairness. Liverpool, without pulling up any trees, will be more than happy with this start though.
8 min: Salah drops into a hole on the edge of the box, but Palace are quick to suck the ball up, with Sakho and Milivojevic sniffing around him. Palace clear, but back it comes, with Liverpool again opting to go down the left. They obviously fancy testing Wan-Bissaka.
6 min: Schlupp’s challenge on Milner is a little late, but things are bogged down on halfway, so there’s no real danger. Liverpool take a patient approach to rebuild things, with Robertson scooping a pass infield from van Dijk.
5 min: Liverpool switch the ball to the right flank, where Alexander-Arnold is in bags of space, but he wallops it straight out play. It’s a chance for Palace to settle.
4 min: Busy start by Liverpool, but the final pass has been lacking so far. Now Firmino overhits a ball into Mane.
3 min: Sakho wins the ball on halfway but the ball doesn’t stick up front. Liverpool pour forward through Keita and then Salah, who faces up Sakho inside the box. It looks dangerous, and inevitable, for a moment but Palace clear.
2 min: Robertson probes down the left but Wan-Bissaka is there to hoover it up. Palace look to go again …
1 min: Alexander-Arnold makes an early break down the right but Palace counter through Zaha. He drives forward, pulling the crowd up off their seats with him.
The teams are out of the tunnel, with Glad All Over belting out and the Palace cheerleaders doing their best to distract Liverpool’s front three. Kick-off’s imminent.
Roy Hodgson speaks. “I think the word momentum is difficult at this stage of the season, we have only played one [game],” he says. “When you play Liverpool at home, it’s always going to be a tough test.” Klopp goes on to refer to the “famous atmosphere” at Selhurst Park.
Jürgen Klopp can also call on Joël Matip if need be tonight, with the defender back on the bench. Dejan Lovren is again absent with a pelvic problem. “Palace are a good team,” Klopp said pre-match. “No spectacular transfers – unless you count Zaha as one. Roy has calmed the whole situation down there in a difficult moment, used all his experience, and now they are playing football.”
This fixture four years ago served up a real classic, with Liverpool crashing at 3-0 up to depart Selhurst Park title-less, feat. Tony Pulis, Scott Dann and Dwight Gayle:
Fancy basking in the weekend’s action before kick-off? From Burnley to Brooks, and Wagner to Wolves, feast your eyes on this lot:
It’s coming home! Remember that? Anyway, a gentle reminder that Gareth Southgate is set to be in attendance at Selhurst Park tonight, taking an interest in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, the impressive young Palace full-back. He’ll have his hands full tonight, you’d imagine. It’s also a chance to take a look at Alexander-Arnold and Gomez.
Meaningless pre-match stat: this is Liverpool’s 73rd match on a Monday night, more than any other side (W33 D20 L19).
Headline team news: both Liverpool and Palace are unchanged from their respective opening-day victories, but Max Meyer is part of Roy Hodgson’s squad for the first time, while Jordan Ayew could make his debut off the bench.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp; Zaha, Benteke
Subs: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Kouyate, Meyer, Sorloth, Ayew
Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson; Milner, Wijnaldum, Keita; Mane, Salah, Firmino
Subs: Mignolet, Henderson, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Matip
Referee: Michael Oliver
The big news pre-match? Loris Karius is heading off to Turkey to forget all about that night in Kiev. He will join Besiktas on not a one-year loan but a two-year stint. The German goalkeeper is with the Liverpool squad in south London this evening, but the deal is expected to go through soon after. On that note, team news is imminent:
What better way to test Liverpool’s title credentials than a trip to Selhurst Park. They may have won on their past four visits, but as Crystal Palace proved against Fulham on the opening day, Roy Hodgson’s side are a difficult proposition, particularly at home.
Palace will play without the usual thumping backdrop from the Holmesdale End owing to a seating dispute with a group of fans, but they do have Wilfried Zaha, who scribbled his name all over another new contract last week.
At the back, Mamadou Sakho will feature against his old club, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be tested by Liverpool’s purring front three but the same can be said for Trent Alexander-Arnold facing up to Zaha.
Kick-off: 8pm BST