The Reds were back in action this evening with a tough outing against a spirited Crystal Palace side, here The Anfield Talk’s Anthony (@anthonymarkmcav) with the winners and losers as Liverpool keep their 100% record.
WINNER: Naby Keita
Just like last week, the man most talked about is the Guinean maestro in the middle of the park. Naby Keita had another worldy performance this evening, completely bossing Crystal Palace on all fronts.
Highlights included an amazing chop turn followed by a forty-yard pass to put Salah through on goal.
The thing is with Keita, he is so impact-ful on the ball. He gets it and his first instinct is to drive straight at the defence and cause havoc.
If I was a Premier League defender this season, and I had to deal with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, THEN had to think about Naby Keita running full-pelt at me, I’d just give up. No point in resisting it.
LOSER: Mamadou Sakho
Where to start? Mamadou Sakho had a shocker against his former employers, giving away the penalty for the first goal and really not helping himself with his brainless decision making at the back.
There was actually a time where people considered him the best centre-back at Liverpool, now he’s not even the best at Palace.
The only redemption in his performance was the one, sole time, that he kept his cool, and chested the ball down to Wayne Hennessey in goal, but still, that was it.
WINNER: Joe Gomez
BJG IS FIRMLY BACK.
After people raised questions as to the validity of Joe Gomez’s quality, he has firmly silenced those critics with an excellent outing in London.
Benteke, and then Sorloth, were both not a problem for Gomez (and van Dijk).
To be fair to everyone though, the whole team put on a defensive clinic, from Alisson to Gini Wijnaldum, everyone contributed and that togetherness is ultimately, the reason we got away with a 2-0 win.
LOSER: Michael Oliver
Michael Oliver, yes, the referee, had a mare as referee. Despite getting both the penalty and red card decisions correct, overall he had a poor game.
If Oliver is the best referee in England like he is supposed to be then there should be serious worries about the quality of officials through the entirety of the system.
The FA should be clamouring at someone like Mark Clatternburg to come back into the fray because the refereeing in the Premier League has been abysmal for the past few years now.
WINNER: Mo Salah
He may not have had his best game in Red, but by sure this is one of my favourite Salah performances, and I can sum it up in two words:
Goes down softly for the penalty, although it was still a penalty, then gets one of the best young full-backs in the league sent off.
Dealt with Palace fans well, didn’t rise to their chants of “CHEAT!” and “Mo Salah, you’re a c*$%”
WINNER: Sadio Mane
The first ever Liverpool player to score in each of the first three games of a season, and he’s absolutely bossing it.
The Senegalese winger brought most of the attacking potency for the Reds against Palace and most of what was a largely tame attacking performance came through Mane.
The Reds could well have had 3 or 4 but then Palace could have had a few for themselves too with Andros Townsend nearly scoring a belter from 35 yards.