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31 minutes I know he’s not the best defender in the world, I know, but Alexander-Arnold’s passing range is unreal.

30 min: Chance of Salah! Alexander-Arnold finds himself in the middle of the field, turning away from Schlupp and throwing a glorious pass over the Palace defence. Salah hits him on the run, 10 yards from the target, but heads straight for Guaita. It was another good chance and a ridiculous ball from Alexander-Arnold. He and Elliott have looked very good for Liverpool.

28 minutes “Liverpool have had nine tries in 24 minutes,” said Richard Hirst. “Does Knowledge Know the Report?”

Is that my new nickname? I think I’ve had worse.

27 minutes Clyne takes the ball from Elliott’s toes in the area. It’s all Liverpool, as it always has been. According to the official Premier League site, Liverpool have 77 percent possession of the ball.

24 minutes van Dijk has a pop of 30 yards. It hit well, but off target.

24 minutes “This has 0-1 everywhere (Robertson OG, 86′),” Matt Dony cries.

23 min: Chance for Salah! Alexander-Arnold receives the ball into the space on the right. He takes a touch and shoots a brilliant low pass into Salah, which opens his body and shoots a few yards wide of the nearest post. It wasn’t the easiest opportunity, but he should have worked with Guaita.

22 minutes Salah plays Alexander-Arnold, whose sting is blocked by Guehi from the edge of the area.

21 minutes Alexander-Arnold’s deep cross is pushed back over the goal by Robertson, under pressure from Clyne, but Ayew comes in front of Nunez to kick the ball away.

20 minutes Palace has calmed things down a bit, although the game remains very one-sided.

18 minutes Eze goes one-on-one before being rejected by Alisson, although deep down everyone knew he was offside. The flag went up as soon as Alisson made the save.

17 minutes Robertson makes an excellent run in the field, on a long pass from Milner, and a shot is blocked by Ward. Diaz picks up the loose ball and eventually makes room for a shot that also hits Ward before spinning into Guaita’s arms.

15 minutes Nunez runs into space on the right, on a long pass from Phillips, and shoots a low cross well held by Guaita.

13 minutes Palace are already on goal kicks, which caused some booing from the home crowd.

10 minutes Palace can’t get out of their third, let alone their half.

9 min: Two chances for Liverpool! Elliott danced past a pair of defenders on the edge of the area and drove a low shot that would have gone without Andersen’s protruding block into the six-yard box. Moments later, Nunez volleyed the far post from a tight angle.

6 minutes Palace’s 5-4-1 formation already seems to be changing to 9-0-1. I don’t think Palace fans appreciate the juxtaposition of 9 and 0 during a game at Anfield.

5 minutes Liverpool have got off to a lively start. Salah dodges Mitchell on the right and passes the ball back to Elliott, whose shot from the edge of the area is blocked by Andersen.

3 minutes “Matip and Konate are injured and Gomez is still hitting the gym?!” sniffs Peter Oh. “That’s not good news for the Liverpool defence. Good thing Klopp could find a Phillips, er, screwdriver in the toolbox to try and suppress the Palace attack.

2 minutes Milner caught Guaita in his sequel after slashing that shot over the bar — I think he stomped on his shin — and there’s a pause in the game while Guaita is dealt.

1 min: chance for Milner! The old man almost gives Liverpool the lead after 55 seconds. A dangerous cross from Alexander-Arnold was beaten away by Guaita under pressure from Nunez. Milner squeezed Ayew’s loose ball just outside the penalty area, then fired a left footed shot over the bar.

1 minute Beep beep! Palace starts the game.

Jurgen Klopp’s pre-match interview

“Because we don’t have another striker”

Jurgen Klopp on why he gave Darwin Nunez his first Premier League start. pic.twitter.com/fp4eVEmaDm

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 15, 2022

The players stroll onto the field, all with their game faces on. It’s looking a little gloomy on Merseyside, with something called ‘rain’ in the sky.

“Nunez looked really good so far‘ says Brendan Groot. “Is this the new first-choice for three for Liverpool?”

Yes!

“I have a bad feeling about this (from Liverpool’s point of view),” says Niall Mullen. “And looking at the other contenders, it feels like if the Reds don’t take up a challenge, we can just send the First Division trophy to the Etihad before August is out.”

I expected Liverpool to get off to a frighteningly fast start, just like the last time they lost the title to City on the last day of last season. I still think they will, despite last week’s minor fiasco. They are going to win 12-0 next Monday, we already know that.

Patrick Vieira’s thoughts before the match

“We can create chances, we can score goals”

Patrick Vieira looks ahead to a tantalizing #MNF clash between Liverpool and Crystal Palace tonight pic.twitter.com/qvtdrCB8Ob

— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 15, 2022

Thirty years ago todayThe Premier League got underway. For richer and poorer, it has dominated our lives ever since. The most famous images have been everywhere in recent days, so our photo editors went looking for something a little more unusual. And they have found rare gems.

“I’m in your old stomping ground” of that in London and I hope I don’t have to walk to a Palace supporter’s pub wearing my double King Kenny/Ken Dodd tribute outfit,” said Ian Copestake. “It’s best to have a tickle stick to defuse any vibrancy.”

Patrick Vieira starts tonight without a recognized striker. But he may soon have a new toy to play with.

Team news

Some interesting selections on both sides. Jurgen Klopp has left out Jordan Henderson, with Harvey Elliott and James Milner in midfield. Nat Phillips, who played so many games in the 2020-21 season, will start as a central defender. Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate are injured, while Joe Gomez is only fit for the bench. And record contractor Darwin Nunez starts up front.

It looks like Patrick Vieira has switched to a back-five, with Joel Ward Odsonne replacing Edouard. That is the only change from the Palace team that lost to Arsenal ten days ago.

Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, van Dijk, Robertson; Elliott, Fabinho, Milner; Salah, Nunez, Diaz.
Substitutes: Adrian, Gomez, Tsimikas, Bajcetic, van den Berg, Keita, Henderson, Carvalho, Clark.

Crystal Palace (possibly 5-4-1) guaita; Clyne, Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Ayew, Doucoure, Schlupp, Eze; zaha.
Substitutes: Johnstone, Richards, Milivojevic, Olise, Hughes, Ebiowei, Plange, Mateta, Edouard.

Referee Paul Tierney.

Preamble

The fixture computer can be quite a sick twist. Looking to build on a solid first season under Patrick Vieira, Crystal Palace have had the toughest start of any team in the Premier League: opening match against New Arsenal last week, Liverpool tonight and Manchester City at the end of August. Of course they also have a game to win at home against Villa on Saturday, but please don’t dwell on that. I’m trying to sell a story here!

The point is that nobody gives Palace much of a chance tonight. If you like betting, you can get 16/1 on a Palace win and 6/1 on a draw. Since they had the audacity to win three consecutive games at Anfield between 2015-17, Palace have lost ten times in a row, at home and away, to Liverpool.

This game looked formidable even before Liverpool started the season with a sloppy, slow 2-2 draw at Fulham. Such an act has consequences. The Liverpool players have spent nine days listening to those questioning their commitment to a new season of heavy metal football. The recoil starts at 8 p.m.


The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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