Palace captain happy without VAR despite Salah ‘dive’

Virgil van Dijk earned the praise of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp following his stellar performance in the 2-0 Premier League win at Crystal Palace.

Milner's first half penalty and Sadio Mane's stoppage time solo goal was enough for the Reds to make it two wins from two.

James Milner believes that keeping more clean sheets will be the key to Liverpool's title challenge this season, according to a report on the Daily Mail. Even in the warmup I saw [Wayne] Hennessey and thought: 'Wow, that's really difficult!' "We are not in a race with other Premier League teams". I know we have to play much better but tonight I'm absolutely fine with that.

"You have to play it as it is and be a real challenger, play ugly, do all that type of stuff".

Hodgson's men made life a lot more hard for their opponents on Monday night, however, as they kept Klopp's attacking triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane quiet for large periods of the game. It is too strong to say anything after two match days. "We are not a team who will cry over that penalty, we just carry on".

Palace's attacking threat was evident from early on and winger Andros Townsend sent a warning when he rattled the bar with a thundering effort from distance after cutting on to his left foot.

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But if the first two games of the season are anything to go by, the Egyptian clearly isn't suffering from the hangover of last year's achievements, scoring in his first game against West Ham and winning a penalty and assisting Mane in Monday night's win against Crystal Palace.

Luka Milivojevic's free-kick forced a flying save from Alisson early in the second half, but hopes of a home fightback were extinguished with 15 minutes to go when Wan-Bissaka walked for bumping over Salah as the Egypt global raced through on goal.

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is happy to be treated as a "pariah" after insisting that Liverpool should not have been awarded their penalty.

The German also had some kind words for Alisson, saying: "The free-kick save was outstanding... it was quite impressive and I think the header from Benteke as well [was a good save]".

"He's got to try to get the ball, and he's close, in another game he maybe gets a touch on it but he pulls him down, he's the last man and I've no problem with the red card". OK we lost but we have to be proud. I've been in football a long time, if that's a penalty the game has changed beyond all recognition.

  • Lawrence Cooper