Palace went closest in the first half, with Jean-Philippe Mateta striking the crossbar from close range after a mistake from Trent Alexander-Arnold. Mohamed Salah then hit the woodwork himself in the opening moments of the second, but Liverpool never really looked like scoring aside from that. Trent Alexander-Arnold — Lucky not to be punished for some big blunders, and couldn't argue with Klopp's decision to withdraw him in the second half. Virgil van Dijk — 6/10Much more like it from Van Dijk. Stefan Bajčetić — N/AGave the ball away in his own half but Liverpool dealt with it, then redeemed himself by snuffing out Olise's late counter.
Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp are more than aware that a big summer of transfer activity lies ahead, and the Reds boss has not hidden from that fact in recent weeks. Sign up for our EXCLUSIVE Liverpool.com newsletter! Sign up to the Liverpool.com newsletter here — it only takes a few seconds! "It's still about bringing in the right players; it's not about bringing in a lot. And thank God in the world of football there are a lot of right players.1 month ago Liverpool.com
That was until 18-year-old Stefan Bajčetić emerged as a genuine option, forcing his way into the side and excelling. He's done enough to convince Liverpool not to sign another attacker this summer, unless Roberto Firmino leaves (via The Athletic's James Pearce). But the club has also been careful not to do too much and risk waiting for its smart academy moves. Indeed, Doak and Gordon were regarded as excellent coups when they were signed from Derby County and Celtic respectively. In that sense, the management of the frontline is a model for the rest of the squad, with Liverpool prepared for the short, medium and long-term future.1 month ago Liverpool.com
Klopp wanted a reaction from his Liverpool side against Crystal Palace after the demolition at Anfield by Real Madrid. Despite making some changes in midfield with James Milner and Naby Keïta coming into the side, it was just the same recipe. Once again, the Liverpool midfield struggled to control the game, especially in defensive transitions, and allowed Crystal Palace to cause their defense problems time and time again. Palace youngster Michael Olise seemed to evade Liverpool's midfield time and time again. He brushed past Jordan Henderson with ease on multiple occasions and completed five out of his six attempted dribbles in the game.1 month ago Liverpool.com
Sign up for our EXCLUSIVE Liverpool.com newsletter! Sign up to the Liverpool.com newsletter here — it only takes a few seconds! Without him, Liverpool did not look like forcing anything through in the final third, and their intricate passing went awry. It is always hard to read exactly what people are thinking and things can change quickly, but Alexander-Arnold looked furious from the off. The only way things drastically improve is by a couple of additions to the squad, which cannot arrive until the season is over.1 month ago Liverpool.com
Sign up to receive the best LFC opinion direct to your inboxLiverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been enjoying an improved run of form in recent times. But for that incredibly clumsy moment, which rather encapsulates Liverpool's season, we might well have been praising Alexander-Arnold here. Sign up for our EXCLUSIVE Liverpool.com newsletter! Sign up to the Liverpool.com newsletter here — it only takes a few seconds! Off the back of a dismal display against Palace, it will highlight the absence of a meritocracy in that position.1 month ago Liverpool.com
But Jürgen Klopp vowed a reaction from his team and that's seeming what he was expecting with the Liverpool starting XI which included Naby Keïta. There was the promise and hope at the start of the game; the opportunity to offer something new. Sign up for our EXCLUSIVE Liverpool.com newsletter! Sign up to the Liverpool.com newsletter here — it only takes a few seconds! Sure, Liverpool has made it clear the club's stance to allow Keïta to leave on a free in the summer.1 month ago Liverpool.com
Like Núñez, he instigated chaos on the field, which is why Rio Ferdinand sees the comparisons between the pair. Sign up for our EXCLUSIVE Liverpool.com newsletter! Sign up to the Liverpool.com newsletter here — it only takes a few seconds! He’s aggressive, he’s strong, he likes to run in behind, he’s a nuisance, he’s a bit unpredictable.”Indeed, Virgil van Dijk has touched on his qualities, having faced him as an opponent in the Champions League. Overall, when neither Ferdinand nor Van Dijk want to defend against you, it can't be a bad sign.1 month ago Liverpool.com