With the Phillipe Coutinho situation compounded by shaky defensive displays, it hasn’t been too much fun for Liverpool fans recently. Jurgen Klopp thanked Liverpool’s supporters for delivering a fine atmosphere at Anfield to get a much-changed Liverpool side over the line against Crystal Palace. With a UEFA Champions League playoff second leg against Hoffenheim on Wednesday coming up, also at Anfield, Klopp rested five players for the game against Palace.
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has his first and second Premier League goals since 2014 to open his account as a West Ham United player, though the Hammers lost 3-2 to Southampton at St. Mary’s on Saturday. Both arrived in fitting fashion, and with West Ham down to 10 men. Mexico’s first-class poacher was in his office to finish with ease after Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster pushed a Michail Antonio shot onto his path, and then did it again in the closing stages. [ STREAM: Live PL matches/full match replays ] Hernandez raced past his marker to finish and give the 10-man Irons a chance at a St. Mary’s comeback following a red card to Marko Arnautovic. Dusan Tadic, Charlie Austin, and Manolo
It certainly was not pulsating, nor was it particularly convincing, but Liverpool have their first victory in the Premier League this season after beating an opponent they have historically struggled against, while fielding an under-strength side. In choosing to make five changes ahead of the Champions League qualifying stage, second-leg tie against Hoffenheim on Wednesday night, Jurgen Klopp called his decision, “rotation”. This Liverpool win was a fortuitous one, ceded to them by Luka Milivojevic, whose mistake in front of the Kop afforded Sadio Mane with the type of opportunity he seldom misses.