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Good afternoon and welcome to The42‘s live minute-by-minute coverage of Liverpool v Crystal Palace at Anfield.

I think it’s fair to say that neither of these sides had the opening weekend they would have wanted – Liverpool proving their own worst enemies once again in a 3-3 draw at Watford, while Palace were routed by Premier League new boys Huddersfield.

Plenty of wrongs to be made right this afternoon, so.

Kick off is at 3pm.

38Mins

TEAM NEWS: 

Jurgen Klopp rings the changes, with Daniel Sturridge back in the starting XI and Mo Salah on the bench. No Trent Alexander-Arnold, but there is a debut for Andrew Robertson.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Sturridge.

TEAM NEWS:

Wilfried Zaha and Jairo Riedewald are both out, so Andros Townsend and James Tomkins start for Palace.

Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Tomkins, Ward, Milivojevic, Puncheon, Van Aanholt, Loftus-Cheek, Townsend, Benteke.

For the first time this season, You’ll Never Walk Alone rings out around Anfield.

KICK OFF: We’re up and running.

2Mins

Wayne Hennessy comes and claims the cross as Liverpool threaten for the first time. Comfortable.

5Mins

Nervy moments for the Palace defence as Robertson sends over a cross. It’s just too high for Sturridge, but van Aanholt swipes at his clearance initially and nearly puts Palace into even more trouble.

7Mins

Nice passage of play from Palace as they try to free Benteke in between Liverpool’s high line, but Matip wins the footrace against the former Reds man and tidies up.

8Mins

Little bit lazy by James Milner as he dangles a leg into the tackle and clips Andros Townsend. As good as a corner, this…

8Mins

Liverpool breathe. Free header for Tomkins but he couldn’t get the direction or power on it, and it floats wide.

10Mins

Hennessey scuffs his clearance along the ground, but fortunately, it goes to a team-mate rather than an opponent.

Milner attacks down the left and decides to go it alone, but the Palace keeper has his body behind the ball and takes the sting out of it.

39Mins

OHHHH! HUGE CHANCE! Liverpool really should be 1-0 up. They take a quick free on the left, Robertson sends in teasing cross that has Hennessey scrambling. He misses it completely, leaving Matip to head into an empty net. It’s awkward though and although he connects, he can’t steer it on target.

16Mins

Jason Puncheon is the first man into Kevin Friend’s notebook for a late challenge.

18Mins

Milivojevic lines up a free about 25 yards out but drives it straight into the Liverpool wall.

24Mins

(As you might be able to guess, not a huge amount going on at either end at the moment.)

28Mins

Daniel Sturridge buys himself a yard or two with some nice footwork. There aren’t too many options ahead of him, so he takes the shot on himself, but it’s way off the mark.

33Mins

Neither side really keeping the ball for long enough to manufacture anything meaningful. Mignolet and Hennessey could nip out for a few minutes and they wouldn’t really be missed.

38Mins

Another quick Liverpool free, another great cross from Andy Robertson, and another great chance for the hosts that slips by. This time it falls to Sadio Mané, but he can only get a brush of the studs on the ball from six yards out rather than any meaningful connection.

39Mins

Sturridge wins the debate and the right to hit a free from the edge of the area. It doesn’t clear the wall though.

42Mins

Palace make Mignolet work as Loftus-Cheek finds Puncheon on the overlap out left. He gets his shot away cleanly but it’s easily batted away by the Liverpool keeper.

45Mins

Gomes has a chance to put Palace under some pressure but Dann reads his intentions well and cuts out the low cross.

45Mins

Into first half stoppage-time. We’ll all need the break.

48Mins

SECOND HALF: We’re back underway. Hopefully something happens in this half.

47Mins

Again, Dann has to be sharp to snuff out the Liverpool attack. Firmino tries to pull the ball back to where Sturridge has peeled away, but Dann turns it behind for a corner.

48Mins

Mane tries to get on the end of a loose ball but Hennessey is alert and races out to gather.

52Mins

Chance here for Liverpool. Matip wanders forward and is clipped by Fosu-Mensah on the edge of the box. Five-man wall for Palace. It’s about 20 yards out…

53Mins

Milner this time – clears the wall, and clears the crossbar. Hm.

54Mins

HALF-CHANCE! Palace can’t really clear their lines from a corner and when the shot comes back in, Hennessey spills it before the flag goes up for offside.

56Mins

WHAT A CHANCE! Christian Benteke should have Palace in the lead at Anfield – but he’s skied it! Brilliant stuff from Loftus-Cheek who traps a long ball and then roasts Klavan. His cut-back is perfect, but Benteke puts it over the bar with the goal at his mercy. Big let off for Liverpool.

58Mins

That wasn’t too far away either! Roberto Firmino comes back in on his right and lets rip. It’s always rising though and so it’s just high and just wide of Hennessey’s goal.

61Mins

A bit better for Liverpool but still no breakthrough. Henderson forces Hennessey to get down low to push his shot out of the corner, and then Robertson blasts a shot over the bar.

62Mins

SUBSTITUTION: Sturridge is called ashore, and Mo Salah is on to replace him.

66Mins

I’m still here, don’t worry – just not much going on.

69Mins

Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Premier League - Anfield Liverpool's Roberto Firmino has a shot on goal blocked. Source: Martin Rickett

69Mins

Salah jumps underneath a cross and there’s a half-hearted appeal from about a dozen people in Anfield. Van Aanholt used his strength to ease Salah out of position, alright, but nothing that you could call a push.

70Mins

Booking for Jordan Henderson for clipping Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The away fans make their voices heard with a chorus of “You’re just a sh*t Steven Gerrard.”

73Mins

Mane, Wijnaldum, and Mane all have chances to break the deadlock in quick succession as the ball pings around the Palace area. The first two efforts are blocked, and then Mane’s tame effort is no bother to Hennessey. Still 0-0, as if you needed reminding.

73Mins

Liverpool sub: Solanke on for Wijnaldum.

Flag 72Mins

GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palce (Mane, 72′)

It’s not particularly pretty, by any stretch of the imagination, but Liverpool lead – and it’s Sadio Mané!

He drives in from the left and after the ball ricochets off a couple of Palace legs, and nick off Solanke, Mané slots past Hennessey.

78Mins

Palace have their first corner of the game. Don’t look now, Liverpool fans.

79Mins

Oh, Palace take it short, and it comes to nothing. Given Liverpool’s love of the set piece, that wouldn’t have been my chosen route.

79Mins

Another Palace corner, and they take it short again! This time, though, they do get the cross in and Mignolet does well to come and claim.

83Mins

Good effort from Salah. He outjumps Fosu-Mensah at the back post and gets a good connection on the ball, nodding it into the ground. Hennessey is able to deal with it though.

85Mins

Liverpool break and Hennessey delays for a second before coming out to clip the ball away from the onrushing Mane. It falls to Firmino – he can’t quite lift it high enough though and the Palace keeper is back in position in time to stop it.

87Mins

Oooooh. Hennessey launches a free into the Liverpool box, it breaks off Dann, and falls to Kaikai who thumps a shot that stings Mignolet’s palms. The whistle had already gone though – I think it might have come off Dann’s arm in the build-up.

90Mins

CHANCE! Great chance for Solanke to make the points safe but Hennessey is equal to it. Nervy final few minutes await at Anfield.

90Mins

Four additional minutes to be played.

90Mins

Salah! That could have been a beauty for the Reds. He tries to curl it into the far corner from the edge of the box but Hennessey gets across to claw it away.

90Mins

One last chance for Hennessey to launch the ball into the Liverpool area…

Liverpool free – that should be that!

So that’s it – it wasn’t pretty but Liverpool have their first win of the new season thanks to Sadio Mané.

Attention now turns to Wednesday night and the second leg of their Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim.

For Palace, it’s nought for two to start the season, and they’ll know they had chances to come away with a point or better – Christian Benteke’s miscue the most costly of all.

Thanks for reading and for commenting.

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