Player Ratings: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace - August 20th 2018

Roberto Firmino

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And the Belgium centre-back says he was not anxious that the desire for more success would diminish when the players returned after a summer that also included the World Cup.

'Palace play a system they play all the time with high-quality players.

"Sometimes refereeing decisions go against you and it's disappointing and a cause for frustration and anger, but if you ask me about the team's performance I think it was very, very good".

'I don't think we gave away a penalty, and I don't think Liverpool deserved to be leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to that penalty. "I don't know a lot of centre-backs in the world who can deal with Christian Benteke like Virgil van Dijk did".

In addition, the 51-year-old was full of praise for Virgil van Dijk's display, which he described as "really, really good", explaining: "I don't know a lot of defenders in the world that can defend Christian Benteke in almost 100 per cent of the situations".

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From simple passing that builds fluid football, to incredible calmness under pressure and those classic long-ranged diagonals, his distribution was at its very best against Palace. Crystal Palace wanted to strike back, so that was all clear.

But Klopp refused to talk up Liverpool's title chances. I couldn't care less, it's not important. We are not in a race with other Premier League teams each weekend. (We) have to take it like it is and be a real challenger, and that's what we are.

"In these moments [the closing stages of the game] the fuel is really low and maybe the players need a bit of help from an angry manager - "run or I will kill you" - and they did that with a fantastic counterattack". Our target is to be a hard opponent. Gomez, who has played primarily as a fullback since making the move to Anfield under former boss Brendan Rodgers, looked solid throughout pre-season playing in a central role and while he's unlikely to shift Lovren out of his starting spot when the Croatian is fit, he's sure to challenge for a place in the match-day squad over the coming months. "I want to win football games and that's what we did tonight".

Of course, they'll also have to venture forward at some point; the Hammers approach of trying to contain the Reds never-ending attacks didn't work out that well so Hodgson could shift his usually stodgy approach and open things up a touch.

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