Liverpool continued their unbeaten start to the season with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keïta were all on the scoresheet as the Reds claimed victory without ever really getting out of second gear.
The hosts lined up with four changes in defence from the midweek European win against AC Milan, with Ibrahima Konaté making his professional debut for the club.
It took time for the newly-formed back four to settle into the game with the away side almost finding the back of the net in just the second minute.
Fortunately, the Anfield club could count on Alisson Becker to bail his teammates out when they needed him to.
Despite the home-side scoring three goals, it was the Brazilian who was the man of the match and his highlight of the game was that excellent save in the opening minutes.
After Kostas Tsimikas cleared the ball, the clearance landed to Conor Gallagher. The midfielder launched the ball back into the box and the path of Wilfred Zaha – the Ivorian managed to connect with the ball, seemingly looping it over the onrushing Alisson.
The No.1 scrambled back, got a strong hand to the ball and pushed it off the post for a Crystal Palace corner. It was a superb recovery from the ‘keeper to prevent his side from going behind in a period of the game where they started poorly.
Across the 90 minutes, the 28-year-old also showed outstanding decision-making, often coming off his line to reach the ball before the Eagles attackers. In doing so, the Liverpool goalkeeper made more clearances than anyone else on the pitch with a total of six.
He was vocal and dominant in his box, making two high claims and has been a large reason to why Jürgen Klopp’s side have kept four clean sheets out of five league games so far this season.
The man who was bought for £67m has certainly been worth every penny. He is now regarded as one of the world’s best in his position and his performance against Crystal Palace showed why.
Alisson will be given a much deserved rest with Caoimhín Kelleher confirmed to make his first appearance of the season when the Reds travel to face Norwich City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.
That means the Brazilian’s next outing is likely to be the away trip to the capital to take on Premier League new boys Brentford at the weekend.
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