Liverpool go top of Premier League with 3-0 win over Crystal Palace

2021-09-19 12:56:49
Liverpool go top of Premier League with 3-0 win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool went top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, while champions Manchester City were held to a goalless draw at home to Southampton.

Arsenal picked up their second straight win with a 1-0 victory at Burnley, while promoted Brentford posted an impressive 2-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Everton's unbeaten start to the season came to an abrupt end as they crashed to a 3-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

With Chelsea and Manchester United not in action until Sunday, Juergen Klopp's side moved to 13 points from five matches after goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Naby Keita at Anfield.

Liverpool had been well on top against Patrick Vieira's Palace but struggled to turn their dominance into goals until Mane turned the ball in from close range just before halftime for his 100th goal for the club.

His strike followed a shocking miss by Portugal international Diogo Jota, who blazed over the bar from two yards out.

Salah added a second to kill off the contest on 78 minutes as Virgil van Dijk flicked on a corner and the forward supplied a neat finish.

But there was still time for Keita to add a magnificent third when he volleyed into the net from the edge of the box as the clock ticked into injury-time.

"When you win, usually you are really good or brilliant. Today we were not brilliant but we were good," said Klopp.

"We accepted the battle Crystal Palace was here for and that’s why I am really happy about the result, really happy about the performance," he said.

City were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Southampton at the Etihad Stadium.

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