Player Ratings: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace - August 20th 2018

Mohamed Salah v Crystal Palace

Mohamed Salah v Crystal Palace

Adding insult to injury for Palace, Salah was involved in another controversy in the second half when he went to ground after a challenge from Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who was sent off even though there was minimal contact. They shouldn't be our No. 10s but they should be options. "I don't think that's a penalty". We don't know what will happen in the future (with transfer fees), but it's not important to us. We had some good chances.

"We've got to try to win everything".

Palace boss Roy Hodgson, meanwhile, felt referee Michael Oliver's decision to award the visitors a penalty late in the first half was a turning point in the game.

The 25-year-old Brazil global made the move to Liverpool from Roma in the summer for £66.8million (BBC), arriving with the reputation of being a world-class shot-stopper and someone that can play out from the back.

"There is some comfort or pride in the team's performance, but it's not going to change my anger at the way we came in at half-time a goal down", Hodgson told reporters after the game. I don't think he was intending to. I do think it's a penalty in the last minute when Max Meyer gets wiped out by Virgil van Dijk, but these things happen.

'They tried to cause us problems with the long balls. It felt like a game Liverpool teams of years past would have folded in whether it be blundering in defense or giving up a penalty it just felt like a very easy game to lose.

James Milner slotted the spot kick past Wayne Hennessey but, in the Sky Sports studio, analyst Gary Neville couldn't believe what he had seen: "A lot of people won't like it", he said. There's no way [Sakho] is looking to foul the player.

With Salah sprinting clear and nearly one-on-one with Hennessey after being played through by Roberto Firmino, the defender risked a tackle on the edge of the area and brought the Egyptian down without winning the ball, making his dismissal inevitable. I shall never accept that's a penalty.

The Premier League remains the only major, top-flight division in European football in which VAR will not contribute to the refereeing of matches, but despite his sense of injustice Milivojevic said: "I do not want VAR in this league".

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