The Anfield Wrap podcast after LFC 3 Crystal Palace 0, Ibrahima Konate’s debut, James Milner, 100 goals for Sadio Mane, and 200 games for Henderson as Captain.
John Gibbons hosts Lizzi Doyle, Jay McKenna and Jamie Webster
Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at the weekend to continue our unbeaten start to the season. It wasn’t all plain sailing though. TAW talks Jurgen’s backline rotation, James Milner and Kostas Tsimikas’s performance.
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Liverpool 3 Crystal Palace 0 at Anfield
The panel discusses a fully changed backline against Crystal Palace from the squad that played AC Milan in midweek. Kostas Tsimikas fills in for Andy Robertson at left back whose comeback from injury is still being managed by Liverpool. The panel discuss his performance, especially going forward.
Ibrahima Konate made his Liverpool debut. He put in a good shift alongside Virigl Van Dijk. The 22 year old centreback couldn’t ask for a better mentor than big Virgil. TAW discusses potential CB partnerships with Van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate and Nat Phillips all fit.
James Milner only received word he would be starting against Palace the morning of the game. A consummate professional at every level of his career, he put in a Man of the Match performance vs Palace. Milner topped his team’s statistics for touches (117), passes (73), passes in the opposition half (44), possession gains (15), crosses (13), tackles (four) and interceptions (three). The panel discuss his influence from an unnatural position for the reds.
Alisson Becker made a series of key saves to keep the clean sheet. He’s started the season really well once again as one of the best goalkeepers in the world.
Thoughts on Thiago, Henderson and Fabinho in Midfield
Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Fabinho was a midfield three that many wanted to see, the panel discusses how they faired during the match.
Notable that both Henderson and Thiago had good chances in the box from crosses. Second Thiago header in two games after the one disallowed at Leeds. Thiago is also in the box to set up Mane’s goal at Leeds late on. Something the team are clearly working on.
Jordan Henderson’s 200th Game as Liverpool Captain
Jordan Henderson is the seventh Liverpool captain to reach the double century, following in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard, Emlyn Hughes, Sami Hyypia, Donald Mackinlay, Alex Raisbeck and Ron Yeats. Not bad company!
Manes’s 100th Goal for Liverpool & The Hardest 3-0 Win Ever