Liverpool Top Crystal Palace, Advance to 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy Final

Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace highlights Salah rapid Solanke clinical

Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace highlights Salah rapid Solanke clinical

Whoever comes out victorious today will face off against West Bromwich Albion or Leicester City in the final of a tournament that is far more about building match fitness and carrying out a manager's plans than it is about the silverware on offer. New signing Mohamed Salah fired his effort just over the bar as Liverpool carved out their best chance of the game after 22 minutes.

Sturridge might have opened the scoring in the 13th minute after Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold linked impressively down the right, but the England striker did not make a clean contact and Scott Dann blocked his effort behind.

Another lovely move saw Sturridge flick a ball over the top from Henderson to Adam Lallana, but the midfielders skied his strike.

Simon Mignolet was called upon to make his first save before the half-hour mark, closing down the space to deny Anderson's attempt after the attacker's one-two with Andros Townsend.

Wilfried Zaha also showed flashes of his quality as he looked to get forward for the Eagles, but it was Liverpool who finished the half with another good chance when Sturridge cut onto his right foot and fired in a low effort that Wayne Hennessey got down well to claw out.

Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace highlights Salah rapid Solanke clinical		Posted by Biscan's Boots
Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace highlights Salah rapid Solanke clinical Posted by Biscan's Boots

With the competition's rules stating that only four changes could be made at any one time, Liverpool changed their entire back-four at half-time, with another six changes all coming before the 50th minute. Coutinhoalmost made an instant contribution, but curled over the bar after coming inside from the left in trademark fashion.

They nevertheless continued to dominate proceedings, and after Philippe Coutinho fired off target they took the lead through Solanke.

Liverpool are back in the Champions League next season and will need a few more new faces in order to challenge both domestically and in Europe.

In front of a sell-out, 40,000-capacity Hong Kong Stadium, with the majority of spectators present to watch Liverpool after their decade-long absence, the opening 45 minutes were fairly uneventful. Milner found Coutinho driving into the middle of the box but though the playmaker's effort was blocked, Origi was on hand to slam home the loose ball.

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