Roy Hodgson rages over Liverpool penalty

Angelo Anderson
August 21, 2018

Liverpool's second successive win of the season leaves them in second place in the Premier League table, level on points with five other clubs and trailing reigning champions Manchester City on goal difference.

The Reds earned a convincing 4-0 win over West Ham last weekend at Anfield in their EPL opener.

Klopp stuck with the same starting XI for the trip to Palace and James Milner broke the deadlock from the penalty spot.

The German also admitted that Mohamed Salah - last season's Premier League Golden Boot victor - was nowhere near his best against Palace, although he still praised the Egyptian's performance. However, Liverpool will pose a much sterner test of Crystal Palace's mettle.

After Wilfried Zaha's run earned a second-half free-kick in a unsafe position, Palace captain Luka Milivojevic whipped the set-piece goalwards, only for Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker to make a superb save low to his left.

Former Celtic star Simon Donnelly has praised the performance of Virgil van Dijk for Liverpool against Crystal Palace on social networking site Twitter. "Today we weren't brilliant but we won".

Firmino said: "I think we have a better team than last season and that the new players will improve the performance of the team".

"I thought we could have done better, but yes we expected Palace to be that strong and clear in their approach against us, playing a big number of long balls". "I couldn't care less really", he retorted. 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.

"Still, around the goal we had, I think, three or four situations, good passes around the box, bit unlucky and then the penalty situation".

'What would people expect me to say to that decision?

No team has retained the Premier League title since neighbours United did so in 2008/09.

'At the end of the game Van Dijk clears out Max Meyer and we didn't get a penalty.

The Dutch defender has been a colossus at the back for Liverpool so far this season, organising and cajoling his fellow defenders in a manner that many haven't seen since Sami Hyppia, and the statistics back up his impressive displays.

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