A win against Crystal Palace is always a big thing. A 3-0 win (and note that 0) is even bigger. With goals from Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita, Liverpool’s excellent start to the season continues apace. For the boss, the game was just business as usual.
“We were not here today for sending any kind of signs to the outside world,” Jurgen Klopp said after the match. “We were here to fight a real strong Crystal Palace team, that was really a tough one. We could have scored from other situations but didn’t so we needed our set-pieces. That Mo scored should not be a massive surprise. Sadio scored for the ninth time in a row against Crystal Palace, which is exceptional, and he scored his 100th goal for Liverpool in all competitions, which is exceptional. Naby Keita scored the most wonderful goal of all three, so that’s all important for us.”
The 3 goals and the clean sheet were deceptive, per Klopp.
“I told the boys after the game that this was one of the most hard-fought 3-0s I ever saw,” he said. “We had to give absolutely everything. So, I’m really pleased, I’m really pleased. In a season, when you are Liverpool, you win football games from time to time. When you win, usually you are really good or brilliant. Today we were not brilliant but we were good. We accepted the battle Crystal Palace was here for and that’s why I am really happy about the result, really happy about the performance. This Sunday-Wednesday-Saturday rhythm is just the most tricky one in the Premier League and so that we came through that now in the moment is very important, with all the changes we had to make and one we didn’t want to make but that worked out really well with Millie on right-back. So, it was not brilliant, but really good and I liked that.”
Liverpool will hopefully continue this fantastic streak when they take on Norwich in the EFL Cup on Tuesday, and Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday.