Liverpool vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction after Darwin Nunez red card

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Jurgen Klopp blanked Darwin Nunez as he trudged past him. He loved what he saw when the Uruguayan first played at Anfield, even though it damaged his team, but he was in Benfica’s colours that day. He was less happy with what he witnessed on the £64 million striker’s home debut as, once again, he harmed Liverpool.

While Nunez was sent off for a combination of foolishness and violent conduct, Klopp’s other big buy from Portugal this year spared Liverpool the rarity of defeat at Anfield. Luis Diaz’s was a superlative equaliser but theirs has been a stuttering start to the season. With two games gone, they are four points behind Manchester City.

The title race may not be over but, even with 108 points to play for, it is hard to make up such a deficit to Pep Guardiola’s side, especially when the eventual winners end up around the 95-point mark.

Once again, they paid for conceding first. Crystal Palace completed a capital double for Liverpool, following Fulham in taking the lead against them and two points off them. Like Fulham, they excelled with Wilfried Zaha following in Aleksandar Mitrovic’s stead, albeit with very different methods, by troubling them.

Follow all the action from Anfield as Liverpool take on Crystal Palace:

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

  • 79’ - Zaha hits the post to deny Palace the lead (LIV 1-1 CRY)

  • 61’ GOAL! - A scorcher from Luis Diaz levels the gam (LIV 1-1 CRY)

  • 57’ RED CARD! - Nunez is send off for headbutt on Andersen (LIV 0-1 CRY)

  • 45+3’ - Nunez hits the post with scuffed effort on stroke of half-time (LIV 0-1 CRY)

  • 32’ GOAL! - Wilfried Zaha scores on the counter-attack to put Palace in front (LIV 0-1 CRY)

  • 23’ - Liverpool pile on the pressure and Salah pulls a shot wide (LIV 0-0 CRY)

  • 9’ - Nunez misses great chance to give Liverpool the lead (LIV 0-0 CRY)

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Darwin Nunez sent-off as Liverpool are held at home by Crystal Palace

22:17 , Michael Jones

Jurgen Klopp blanked Darwin Nunez as he trudged past him. He loved what he saw when the Uruguayan first played at Anfield, even though it damaged his team, but he was in Benfica’s colours that day. He was less happy with what he witnessed on the £64 million striker’s home debut as, once again, he harmed Liverpool.

While Nunez was sent off for a combination of foolishness and violent conduct, Klopp’s other big buy from Portugal this year spared Liverpool the rarity of defeat at Anfield. Luis Diaz’s was a superlative equaliser but theirs has been a stuttering start to the season. With two games gone, they are four points behind Manchester City.

The title race may not be over but, even with 108 points to play for, it is hard to make up such a deficit to Pep Guardiola’s side, especially when the eventual winners end up around the 95-point mark.

Darwin Nunez sent-off as Liverpool are held at home by Crystal Palace

Reaction from Wilfried Zaha

22:15 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace’s goalscorer, Wilfried Zaha, spoke to Sky Sports after the match saying:

“We just knew it was going to be hard work and it was a case of taking our chances. We knew we would have to suffer but our plan was to soak it up and take chances, so I am happy with the point.

“They were pushing forward and I was looking for space in behind. It only takes one chance and I am glad I took it today.

“As soon as Eze played it through I had in my mind what I wanted to do. I didn’t want the goalkeeper to set himself so I just took it early.

“We are a good team and handling the big teams well, so I am very optimistic about this season, especially with the way we are playing.”

Manchester United could finish in bottom half of Premier League

22:09 , Michael Jones

Gary Neville believes Manchester United are in “special measures” and that they could finish in the bottom half of the Premier League if they do not address their “horror story” recruitment strategy.

The former United defender was vocal in his criticism of the club’s owners following a humiliating 4-0 loss at Brentford on Saturday.

The defeat left Erik Ten Hag’s side bottom of the table after the Dutchman lost his first competitive game in charge a week earlier at home to Brighton.

Manchester United could finish in bottom half of Premier League – Gary Neville

FT Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

22:06 , Michael Jones

Two missed chances and a red card for Darwin Nunez. Not the Anfield debut he would have dreamed about.

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FT Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

22:02 , Michael Jones

Nunez will now miss the match against Manchester United next Monday.

FT Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:59 , Michael Jones

Liverpool settle for another point but it’s the first time in 10 years that they’ve failed to win one of their opening two matches of the season.

After two games they are already four points behind Manchester City who top the table.

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Full-time: Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:56 , Michael Jones

90+5 mins: It’s a draw! Crystal Palace see out the game and Liverpool have to settle for another draw.

Darwin Nunez’s sending off was a key factor in why Liverpool couldn’t capitalise on the pressure they’d built up. The Reds will be thanking Luis Diaz for his spectacular solo goal that rescued them another point.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:52 , Michael Jones

90+2 mins: Fabio Carvalho attempts to take the ball off Palace substitue Michael Olise and stands on his foot earning himself a yellow card too.

Kostas Tsimikas isn’t happy with how long it’s taking the Eagles to take the free kick and has a go at the referee which puts him in the book for dissent.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:50 , Michael Jones

90 mins: Five minutes of added time to play. Vicente Guaita and Odsonne Edouard have both be shown yellow cards for time-wasting.

Is there going to be a winning goal?

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:47 , Michael Jones

87 mins: Close! Henderson chips a cross in from the right side of the pitch and sends the ball all the way over to Tsimikas. The left-back brings the ball down then shoots and has the effort deflected into the path of Salah.

Salah takes a touch then shoots on the turn and sends the ball mere inches wide of the left-hand post!

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:43 , Michael Jones

85 mins: It’s not happening for Liverpool. Crystal Palace are too strong in defence but the Reds keep on coming. Fabio Carvalho is on now but even his tricky footwork can’t set up a clear chance in front of goal.

Nunez’s sending off really has scuppered Liverpool’s chances of winning this game.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:41 , Michael Jones

82 mins: Salah goes down softly in the box but doesn’t get the penalty he is looking for. Liverpool keep the attack going and Henderson floats a cross over to Alexander-Arnold.

Guehi gets up ahead of the right-back and manages to head it away.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

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79 mins: Chance! Now Zaha’s missed a sitter!

Eze carries the ball into the right side of the Liverpool box and lays it off to Doucoure who fizzes a flat cross over to the back post. Zaha lunges at it with his right foot instead of the easier option to go with his left.

His effort comes off the outside of his leg and smokes into the post! Palace should be in front again.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:35 , Michael Jones

76 mins: Kostas Tsimikas swings a corner into the back but it’s competently headed away by Odsonne Edouard who finds Wilfried Zaha with his clearance.

Zaha looks to counter but Luis Diaz sprints back and shoves him off the ball to win it back for the Reds.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:33 , Michael Jones

73 mins: Mo Salah seems to now be playing as the sole striker and has come into a more central position. Alexander-Arnold is playing higher up the pitch on the right pulling double duty in defence and attack.

It’s difficult for Liverpool to find a way through though. Crystal Palace have enough men at the back to cover.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:30 , Michael Jones

70 mins: Chance! Fabinho fizzes the ball up to Mo Salah who backheels a flick into the box to set up Trent Alexander-Arnold with a shot at goal.

The right-back loses his composure though and blasts his effort high and wide. Then the offside flag goes up.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:27 , Michael Jones

67 mins: Even with an extra player Crystal Palace are leaving the ball with Liverpool. The Reds can’t quite make use of it though and Marc Guehi intercepts a pass meant for Mo Salah.

He sends it over to Nathaniel Clyne who sprints down the right wing and gets the ball deep into Liverpool’s final third.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

21:24 , Michael Jones

64 mins: Here come the changes. Odsonne Edouard replaces Jordan Ayew for Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp meanwhile makes three substitutions. Kostas Tsimikas, Jordan Henderson and Joe Gomez all come on to replace Andy Robertson, James Milner and Nat Phillips.

GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace (61’, - Diaz) ⚽️

21:21 , Michael Jones

61 mins: What a goal from Luis Diaz!

He receives the ball on the left wing and cuts inside with the ball. The Colombian beats four or five defenders as he works his way to the front edge of the box before blasting an effort right into the far corner of the goal.

What a strike! Liverpool are level.

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

21:20 , Michael Jones

60 mins: Joachim Andersen was also booked for his part in the scrap with Darwin Nunez but he’s only shown a yellow.

Jurgen Klopp is preparing substitutions on the sidelines.

RED CARD! Nunez is sent off!

21:17 , Michael Jones

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

57 mins: Elliott and Salah combine to keep the ball alive and Salah crosses it over to the left side of the box. Luis Diaz attempts an overhead kick but sends the effort wide.

Joachim Andersen isn’t happy with Darwin Nunez and shoves him in the back as the striker walks away. Nunez reacts, he turns heads Andersen in the chin.

The referee sees the entire incident and Liverpool are down to 10-men!

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

21:14 , Michael Jones

54 mins: Liverpool’s attacking qualities are also becoming sloppy. Too often the final pass is wide or misses the target with the forwards in the wrong positions.

The Reds are finding it tricky out there but they’re seeing most of the ball. Palace look very dangerous on the counter-attack though.

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

21:12 , Michael Jones

51 mins: Some scrappy defending from Nat Phillips almost sees Palace create another good chance to score but Jordan Ayew’s cross from the right side is blocked by Andy Robertson.

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

21:08 , Michael Jones

48 mins: The referee has a word with Joel Ward about the Crystal Palace players wasting time on throw ins and goal kicks. All the officials have been stricter on this side of the game this year.

Mo Salah feeds the ball into the box for Darwin Nunez, he shifts it onto his left foot and shoots but Ward flings himself in front of the effort and keeps it out!

Second half: Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

21:04 , Michael Jones

Kick off: How will the second half play out at Anfield? Neither manager has made a change at the break and Liverpool restart the match.

They trail by one goal and will come up against a sturdy Crystal Palace defence over the next 45 minutes.

Manchester United could finish in bottom half of Premier League says Neville

21:02 , Michael Jones

Gary Neville believes Manchester United are in “special measures” and that they could finish in the bottom half of the Premier League if they do not address their “horror story” recruitment strategy.

The former United defender was vocal in his criticism of the club’s owners following a humiliating 4-0 loss at Brentford on Saturday.

The defeat left Erik Ten Hag’s side bottom of the table after the Dutchman lost his first competitive game in charge a week earlier at home to Brighton.

Manchester United could finish in bottom half of Premier League – Gary Neville

HT Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

20:59 , Michael Jones

How important will his opener be at the end of the game?

HT Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

20:55 , Michael Jones

Wilfried Zaha’s opener is the only difference between the two teams at the break. He scored with Crystal Palace’s first effort on goal.

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Half-time: Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

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45+3 mins: Chance! How has Darwin Nunez not scored here?

Intense pressure from Liverpool to end the half sees Nunez wide open on the left side of the box. Harvey Elliott expertly picks him out but the forward scuffs his effort and knocks it into the far post!

A clear strike and that’s 1-1. Virgil van Dijk tries to rattle the follow up but also mishits it and skews his effort out of play.

Crystal Palace lead at half-time.

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

20:46 , Michael Jones

45 mins: Three minutes of added time to play at the end of the first half. Can Liverpool score and head into the break on level terms?

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

20:44 , Michael Jones

44 mins: Chance! Mo Salah makes a run over to the right of the Palace box and receives the ball from Alexander-Arnold. He flicks it into the penalty area and picks out Harvey Elliott who powers a header towards goal.

Guaita keeps it out but spills it and Joachim Andersen has to knock it behind to clear the danger.

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

20:41 , Michael Jones

41 mins: Save! Abdoulaye Doucoure slides a fine through ball up to Wilfried Zaha who makes another quality run into the box off the shoulder of the centre-back.

He checks to the right and lets fly but Alisson is sharply off his line and charges down the effort.

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

20:40 , Michael Jones

38 mins: Robertson shoves Ayew off the ball and wins the ball in what the referee declares is a fair challenge. He passes it up to Milner who whips over a cross trying to pick out Nunez in the box.

The ball swings in towards goal but Guaita comes out and grabs it off the forwards nose.

Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

20:37 , Michael Jones

35 mins: What can Liverpool conjure now? They’ve conceded first in their last six Premier League games but haven’t lost any of them.

They’re going to need to stage another comeback tonight.

GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace (32’, Zaha)⚽️

20:33 , Michael Jones

32 mins: Against the run of play! Crystal Palace take the lead.

Vicente Guaita boots a half-clearance up to Eberechi Eze who brings the ball under control and cuts into the middle of the pitch. He threads his pass in between Nat Phillips and Virgil van Dijk where Wilfried Zaha sprints through into the Liverpool final third.

He carries the ball into the left side of the box before opening up his body and coolly guiding the ball past Alisson into the far bottom corner.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:33 , Michael Jones

29 mins: Mo Salah has had a couple of chances already but hasn’t taken any. Liverpool are growing frustrated that they haven’t taken some of these chances.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:29 , Michael Jones

26 mins: Harvey Elliott has been an energetic force for Liverpool so far. Making runs, putting in tackles, recovering balls. He’s been a big part of the Reds’ consistent attacks.

Nathaniel Clyne is also worth mentioning and has marshalled Luis Diaz and Andy Robertson quite well so far.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:24 , Michael Jones

23 mins: Chance! Liverpool are getting closer. They’re sending balls into the box from all angles. Alexander-Arnold chips one over to Robertson who thinks about shooting but is under pressure from Nathaniel Clyne.

He cuts it back towards Darwin Nunez but Jordan Ayew sticks out a foot and manages to clear the danger.

Another attack quickly follows with a piercing pass from Alexander-Arnold to tee up Mo Salah this time. Salah takes the shot quickly but pulls it wide of the near post.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:20 , Michael Jones

20 mins: Crystal Palace knock the ball up to Wilfried Zaha who threads the ball through the middle and plays Eberechi Eze in behind the Liverpool lines.

Trent Alexander-Arnold chases him into the box but can’t stop the shot and is rescued by Alisson closing down quickly. The offside flag then goes up so the goal wouldn’t have counted anyway.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:18 , Michael Jones

18 mins: Chance! James Milner sends a diagonal ball over the top and picks out Andy Robertson’s darting run inside from the left wing.

Robertson brings the ball down, carries it into the box and shoots but sees his effort block. The ball bounces up and strikes a Crystal Palace hand. There’s a soft appeal for a handball but nothing comes from it.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:16 , Michael Jones

15 mins: Nat Phillips sends the ball long over the top of the Palace defence and Darwin Nunez makes a nice run to recover the ball. Luis Diaz is the only option in the box and Nunez tries to find him but his pass is too close to Vicente Guaita and the goalkeeper clings onto the ball.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:13 , Michael Jones

12 mins: Jeffrey Schlupp threads a decent ball up to Wilfried Zaha who is playing through the middle of Crystal Palace tonight. Zaha attempts to control the ball and shift it in behind Nat Phillips but Virgil van Dijk is covering and tackles the forward to recover possession for Liverpool.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:11 , Michael Jones

9 mins: Chance! Huge opportunity for Liverpool to take the lead here.

Virgil van Dijk switches the play over to the right wing where Trent Alexander-Arnold sprints forward and brings the ball under control. He sends in inside to Mo Salah who nudges the ball to Harvey Elliott.

Elliott shifts away from a defender before shooting but Joachim Andersen gets in the way and deflects the ball bacl to Alexander-Arnold. The right-back flicks one over to the back post where Darwin Nunez has dropped off his marker and volleys his effort over the crossbar!

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:08 , Michael Jones

8 mins: Alexander-Arnold looks to send Salah free down the right wing but Tyrick Mitchell sticks with him and uses his strength to hold the Liverpool forward at bay.

Nice defending. Palace are having to work hard in these opening minutes.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:06 , Michael Jones

6 mins: Nearly! Guaita is back on his feet and confidently comes off his line to pluck the ball out of the air after Mo Salah’s cross curls in towards Harvey Elliott.

Salah gets into another strong position on the right side and lays the ball off to Elliott inside the box. The 19-year-old has a dart at goal but his effort gets blocked and cleared.

Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:04 , Michael Jones

3 mins: Guaita has stayed down after those opening exchanges and needs a bit of wrapping on his right leg just above the shin pad. There’s a break in play but Liverpool will be encouraged by how quickly they’ve started.

Kick off: Liverpool 0-0 Crystal Palace

20:03 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace get the game going and boot the ball over to the left side where Nat Phillips leaps towards the ball and heads it away from the Liverpool penalty area.

The Reds recover the ball and work their way into midfield. Trent Alexander-Arnold pushes forward on the right and he swings in a cross towards Darwin Nunez.

Close! Vicente Guaita comes out to punch the ball clear and sends it straight to James Milner. He brings the ball under control and blasts one at goal but hoofs it over the crossbar!

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

19:56 , Michael Jones

Here come the players.

James Milner leads out Liverpool in the absence of Jordan Henderson and Joel Ward takes charge of Crystal Palace. Anfield is always a tough place to play and Palace will be under pressure from the get go tonight.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

19:54 , Michael Jones

It’ll be interesting to see how Liverpool go tonight. Their bench doesn’t look all that strong and if Crystal Palace get off to a good start the players may start to get worried.

The match is at Anfield though and the Reds supporters will lift them throughout the game.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

19:50 , Michael Jones

Since losing 2-1 to Crystal Palace in April 2017, Liverpool have won 10 consecutive Premier League matches against the Eagles. Palace have lost their last five Premier League games in a row at Anfield.

Liverpool haven’t lost their first home league match in any of the last 18 seasons (14 wins, four draws), winning their last nine in a row.

Will Salah match Gerrard?

19:45 , Michael Jones

Mo Salah has scored 119 Premier League goals for Liverpool. Only Steven Gerrard (120) and Robbie Fowler (128) have scored more.

Salah has been involved in 11 goals in 10 Premier League appearances against Crystal Palace (seven goals, four assists).

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Patrick Vieira lays down goalscoring challenge to Crystal Palace

19:40 , Michael Jones

Patrick Vieira has challenged Crystal Palace to break their Premier League goal-scoring record during the competition’s 30th-anniversary season.

The Eagles came close last campaign, matching their second-best haul of 50 set in the 2016/17 season, just one shy of their best Premier League tally, 51 in 2018/19.

Wilfried Zaha netted 14 of those 2021/22 goals, while Conor Gallagher, now back with Chelsea after his south London loan spell, contributed eight.

Patrick Vieira lays down goalscoring challenge to Crystal Palace

Tonight’s venue

19:35 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool tonight. Which way will this one go?

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

19:30 , Michael Jones

This is Liverpool’s first Monday night game since a 1-1 draw at Leeds United in April 2021, with their last at Anfield coming in September 2020 when they defeated Arsenal 3-1.

They have never lost a match played on August 15th, having won five and drawn two of the seven games played on this date.

Palace enjoy Mondays

19:25 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace were unbeaten in all five Monday Premier League fixtures last season.

They won one and drew four. How will they go this season?

Zaha’s away form

19:21 , Michael Jones

Wilfried Zaha scored in all four of Crystal Palace’s Premier League away victories last season at Manchester City, Watford, Wolves and Southampton.

Can he replicate that form this year too?

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The next step Luis Diaz must take at Liverpool is clear

19:17 , Michael Jones

Jurgen Klopp’s 2022 signing from Portugal scored in the Community Shield. He struck again at Fulham last week. Darwin Nunez has made an explosive impact. So, seven months earlier, did Luis Diaz.

But if two transformative cameos have suggested that Klopp’s golden run of attacking signings has continued with the £64m striker, there is a difference between the two South Americans. It lies in the scoring stakes.

If Nunez has followed in a tradition of potent players who were quick to make their mark, with Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota scoring early goals that set the tone for their Anfield careers, other comparisons came with the January buy.

Diaz arrived from Porto, Nunez from Benfica and both showed the pace and directness that made them look immediately at home in a Klopp side.

The next step Luis Diaz must take at Liverpool is clear

Injury crisis?

19:12 , Michael Jones

Liverpool’s midfield options look seriously thin after Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all missing through injury.

Nat Phillips starts at centre-back tonight after Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate are both absent.

“We have injuries, that’s how it is. It is a question of how long will the players be out,” said Klopp. “Thiago is good but the injury is not good. I read four to six weeks. I would prefer four.”

Experienced Reds

19:07 , Michael Jones

Liverpool had six players aged 30+ in their starting XI last week, the first time they had done so in a Premier League match since February 1994.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace team changes

19:03 , Michael Jones

Jurgen Klopp makes four changes to the Liverpool team that drew with Fulham last weekend. Nat Phillips comes in to replace Joel Matip at centre-back with James Milner and Harvey Elliott brought into the midfield in place of Jordan Henderson and the injured Thiago Alcantara.

Darwin Nunez starts in place of Roberto Firmino too.

Patrick Vieira make just one change. Joel Ward comes in to replace Odsonne Edouard.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace line-ups

19:01 , Michael Jones

Liverpool XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Van Dijk, Robertson, Elliott, Fabinho, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Diaz

Crystal Palace XI: Guaita, Clyne, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell, Doucoure, Schlupp, Ayew, Eze, Zaha

A worrying sign for Liverpool?

18:55 , Michael Jones

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have conceded first in each of their last five league fixtures but have not lost any of them. They’ve won three and drawn two.

Is the fact they keep conceding a worrying sign or should the recovery to win points from losing positions be seen as a bigger positive?

Liverpool’s startling form

18:50 , Michael Jones

Liverpool are unbeaten in all 20 Premier League matches in 2022 with 16 wins and four draws. They have also won their opening Premier League home game in each of the last nine seasons.

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Jurgen Klopp backs Luis Diaz to bring goals to Liverpool

18:45 , Michael Jones

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Luis Diaz can score 10 to 15 goals a season as he steps into the role vacated by the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich.

The Colombian scored six in 26 appearances after joining from Benfica in January as the transition of the Reds’ forward line began but now he is expected to start every week there is a greater responsibility on the 25-year-old to deliver.

Diaz had a goal ruled out for offside and hit the woodwork in the 2-2 draw with Fulham in their Premier League opener and he will be expected to supplement the goals from Mohamed Salah and new signing Darwin Nunez, who has scored twice in his first two appearances.

Jurgen Klopp backs Luis Diaz to bring goals to Liverpool

Can Palace keep Liverpool at bay?

18:40 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace lost against Arsenal in their opening match of the season but they haven’t lost their first two games in a Premier League campaign since 2017-18.

Can they keep Liverpool quiet tonight?

Landmarks for Firmino

18:35 , Michael Jones

Liverpool’s No.9, Roberto Firmino, would become the 15th player in the club’s history to score on all seven days of the week if he nets against Crystal Palace tonight.

Firmino can also bring up 200 Premier League starts for the Reds if he’s selected in the XI by Jürgen Klopp.

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Kouyate joins Nottingham Forest

18:30 , Michael Jones

Cheikhou Kouyate left Crystal Palace earlier this summer after failing to agree a new contract with the club.

The 32-year-old has recently signed for Nottingham Forest on a free transfer and the Eagles have sent well wishes to their former midfielder.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

18:25 , Michael Jones

Crystal Palace’s 10 consecutive Premier League defeats in this fixture is their longest top-flight losing run against another team.

But, Jurgen Klopp’s first competitive loss as Liverpool manager came against Crystal Palace when the Eagles inflicted a 2-1 defeat at Anfield in November 2015.

Who will triumph tonight?

Graeme Souness defends ‘man’s game’ comment after Chelsea vs Tottenham

18:20 , Michael Jones

Graeme Souness has defended describing football as a “man’s game” following Chelsea’s feisty draw with Tottenham on Sunday.

The Sky Sports pundit discussed the ill-tempered affair, with the two managers Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte twice clashing on the touchline.

Souness praised referee Anthony Taylor for letting plenty to go and allowing the game to flow.

Graeme Souness defends ‘man’s game’ comment after Chelsea vs Tottenham

‘Palace need to score more’ says Vieira

18:15 , Michael Jones

Following Crystal Palace’s season opening defeat to Arsenal, Patrick Vieira’s focus was about his team being more clinical in front of goal.

“The difference between the two teams today is that they scored those goals, and we created two really good chances to score,” he said after the match.

“We were in a really good period in the second-half and we didn’t take our chances.

“In games like that there is a key moment, and in those key moments we didn’t score that goal to lift the crowd and to build even more that momentum. This is something that we have to work on.”

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Tsimikas could return for Liverpool

18:10 , Michael Jones

Kostas Tsimikas could also be back for Liverpool tonight after a knock kept him out of the trip to Craven Cottage last weekend.

Jurgen Klopp spoke about his squad on Friday and said: “A couple of boys are coming back: Naby [Keita] will be back for Monday and Kostas will train today for the first time so he might be back as well.

“That’s the situation.”

Henderson on returning to Anfield

18:05 , Michael Jones

Jordan Henderson cannot wait to get back to playing at Anfield and is excited to get Liverpool’s first home match of the season underway.

Writing in the programme notes for the clash with Crystal Palace the Liverpool captain wrote: “The first home game of a new season is always one of the fixtures that anyone who is lucky enough to be involved in football just can’t wait for. It was the same when I was a kid, going to matches with my dad, and it applies even more now that I have the privilege of playing for Liverpool,”

He added: “It might happen every year, but you could never get bored of this feeling.

“There is always a different atmosphere in and around the ground. You can feel the excitement and there is a real sense of occasion. I have been here long enough to know exactly what Anfield will be like and the fact that we kick off with a night game only adds to the anticipation.

“These are the days we all live for as players, staff and supporters so hopefully between us we can make the most of it by getting off to the best possible start.

Early team news for Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

18:00 , Michael Jones

Thiago Alcantara injured his hamstring against Fulham last week and is likely to be out for a month so won’t feature for Liverpool tonight. Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain sidelined but Naby Keita has recovered from illness and may feature.

Crystal Palace are still be missing James McArthur and James Tomkins but Michael Olise has been training with the team and could be in the squad.

However, he may not be fit enough to play a part in tonight’s clash.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

17:25 , Michael Jones

Welcome to The Independent’s coverage of the Premier League as Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield.

The Reds came up against a resolute Fulham side in their opening game of the season but twice managed to come from behind and rescue a point. Goals from new signing Darwin Nunez and Mo Salah ensured Jurgen Klopp’s men left Craven Cottage with a draw but the manager wasn’t happy at the sluggish performances from his players and will want to set that right at Anfield tonight.

Crystal Palace meanwhile faced a reinvigorated Arsenal after the Gunners lost out on the Champions League last year. Mikel Arteta’s summer signings - Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus - helped them to a 2-0 victory in what was a brilliant outing for the north London side.

Patrick Vieira won’t be too disheartened though, his side put up a decent fight and created some decent chances of their own. Arsenal and Liverpool are two of the toughest matches to start a season with and even if the results don’t go Palace’s way Vieira will be focused on the fight and technical skills his side display.

Which way will this match go tonight? Will Liverpool get back to winning ways or will the Eagles shock the Reds and leave Anfield with three points of their own?