Liverpool: Five things we learned from Jurgen Klopp’s 2-0 pre-season win over Crystal Palace

Darwin Nunez can thrive if given time, Harvey Elliott is coming of age and Luis Diaz is set to replace Sadio Mane… FIVE THINGS WE LEARNED from Liverpool’s win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool continued their pre-season preparations with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the National Stadium in Singapore on Friday.

Jordan Henderson and Mohammed Salah were on target in their second game of their pre-season trips – after losing 4-0 to Erik ten Hag’s Manchester United in Bangkok on Tuesday.

Here, Sportsmail’s James Cohen looks at five things we learned from the encounter.

Liverpool picked up their first pre-season win after a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace

SALAH’S LINER

After spending the 2020-21 season on loan with Blackburn Rovers in the Championship, many Liverpool fans were hoping Harvey Elliott was ready to step up a gear and be part of their first-team plans last year. A horrible ankle injury in September ruined everything.

The 19-year-old’s performance on Friday definitely backed up the suggestion that he is now fit for first-team football, as he tore the Crystal Palace side down the right side in the first half – acting as as principal architect of Jordan Henderson. opener.

The winger collected a cross pass well before entering the penalty area and picking off Henderson with a smart cut to help break the deadlock.

With Elliott sharing the same position on the pitch as Reds talisman Mo Salah, the youngster won’t expect to be in Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI this year but could become the perfect understudy for the Egyptian.

Harvey Elliott impressed the spectators with his performance in the first 45 minutes

Harvey Elliott impressed the spectators with his performance in the first 45 minutes

NUNEZ NEEDS TIME

Darwin Nunez has been stealing all the headlines in recent weeks. From his club-record move from Benfica to Anfield, to his debut for the Reds against Manchester United, there has been constant debate surrounding Liverpool’s new No.27.

A blatant failure against Erik ten Hag’s side on Tuesday left fans on social media wondering if the Uruguayan was the right man to lead their attacking force – but examples from both pre-season games suggest he just needs time to adjust.

After coming on in the second half against Palace, Nunez looked eager and determined in his game as he raced behind and constantly challenged for the ball, and it seems like a matter of time before he opens. his account for the Reds.

Darwin Nunez failed to open his account for his new club in their second pre-season game

Darwin Nunez failed to open his account for his new club in their second pre-season game

DIAZ READY TO REPLACE MANE

Seeing Sadio Mane force a move to Bayern Munich was a devastating loss for Jurgen Klopp’s side, but not one they weren’t prepared for.

Luis Diaz’s arrival in January can be seen as a pre-emptive measure taken by the club in case the Senegalese winger tries to leave – which quickly materialized in the summer.

Although he didn’t do much to turn heads during his 45-minute stint at the National Stadium in Singapore, the Colombian should fill Mane’s boots and solidify himself in the attacking trio alongside Salah and Nunez.

Sadio Mane left Liverpool for Bayern Munich despite the success he achieved with the Reds

Sadio Mane left Liverpool for Bayern Munich despite the success he achieved with the Reds

SALAH SET FOR THE NEW SEASON

Mo Salah has re-established himself as every Liverpool fan’s favorite player after signing a new long-term contract with the club in the summer following Mane’s dramatic departure.

The Egyptian has become the man in charge of the Merseyside club, and that doesn’t seem to be changing any time soon – having netted within minutes against Palace.

Having only been on the pitch for 60 seconds, Salah received the ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold before cutting to his left foot and breaking up an effort on goal – which was too powerful for Vicente Guaita to handle.

Liverpool fans can rest easy knowing that the current FWA Footballer of the Year and PFA Players’ Player of the Year looks set to pick up where he left off last season.

Mo Salah looks set to pick up where he left off last year - after scoring against Palace

Mo Salah looks set to pick up where he left off last year – after scoring against Palace

AVERAGE LIFE

Average is a harsh word when playing against one of the best football teams in recent history – but the Eagles left a lot to be desired after a subdued performance in Singapore.

Patrick Viera’s side were starved of chances in the first 45 minutes of the game, and only a real sight of goal came with Jordan Ayew’s second-half volley – which was blocked.

Although not a fair benchmark to gauge the Frenchman’s tactical decisions, Palace fans will be hoping for an improved performance when they take on Manchester United at the famous Melbourne cricket ground next Tuesday.

Palace were disappointing - but that's to be expected against a team as strong as Liverpool

Palace were disappointing – but that’s to be expected against a team as strong as Liverpool

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