Premier League 2019-20: 3 reasons why Liverpool beat Crystal Palace
#2. Sadio Mane continued his impressive goal-scoring streak
Sadio Mane put up another spirited performance as he made things happen for his team again. Despite missing an easy chance created by captain Jordan Henderson early in the second half, the pacy winger made amends a few minutes later as he latched on to a loose ball in the box for Liverpool's first goal of the game.
Star forward Mohamed Salah was unfit to start the game, and therefore the onus of scoring the goals today fell to his fellow teammate, who did not disappoint. It was Mane's 8th goal of the Premier League season, and he is in the contention for the player of the season so far. It was also the Senegalese international's third goal running in three Premier League games, and it gave his team the much-needed boost they needed in the game.
Jurgen Klopp will be happy with the performance from his player, who is currently Liverpool's leading goalscorer this campaign. Mane himself will be looking to continue his good form as the Reds strengthen their bid for a league title.
#3. Liverpool are truly the mentality monsters
Manager Jurgen Klopp described his squad as one filled with "mentality monsters". What he meant by this quote is that the team is so strong mentally, that they do not know the meaning of giving up. For the past few games, the Reds have been showing just that.
It was not a particularly good performance from the league leaders, who looked disoriented and hungover after the international break. However, the team made the defensive stops when needed, and the forwards showed up when needed. A few weeks ago against Aston Villa, Liverpool came from 1-0 down to score two goals in quick succession to get all 3 points. Against Leicester City earlier on this season, the team scored the winner in injury time.
Although the winner did not come as late as injury time today, it did come late. After Zaha scored Palace's equaliser in the 82nd minute, the visitors started to attack with more urgency. The home crowd was raucous, but Klopp's men did not get intimidated. It was Roberto Firmino who scored from a set-piece in the 85th minute, as the Reds yet again snatched away a victory from a resilient team.
It is due to their never-say-die attitude and the mentality of the team as a whole that Liverpool is at the top of the league. No matter the challenge, it seemsthe team simply cannot lose right now. It remains to be seen whether any club will be able to catch up with the rampant Reds in the future.