Liverpool FC 2-0 Crystal Palace: Henderson and Salah earn Reds first win of pre-season against exhausted Eagles

Jurgen Klopp made eight changes for the clash in Singapore after suffering a humiliating loss to Manchester United to start his tour, while Patrick Vieira picked just about every senior player available for his depleted squad.

The Eagles started brightly as Odsonne Edouard threatened down the left and seized a header opportunity from a free-kick from Luka Milivojevic, which was obediently headed towards Adrian.

Liverpool took over after ten minutes and led Henderson after the Reds recycled a corner and Harvey Elliott found his captain for a fine finish on Vicente Guaita.

The goal breathed life into Jurgen Klopp’s side as Palace struggled to get Jean-Philippe Mateta into the game.

The striker, moments after Elliott deflected an effort from an excellent position, fired his only chance on goal into the stratosphere after battling Kostas Tsimikas.

Liverpool were forced to withdraw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before the break when the winger came to a stop as he fired into the arms of the goalkeeper, adding to injury concerns for Diogo Jota and Alisson Becker.

Darwin Nunez, Salah and Fabio Carvalho were among a brand new Liverpool XI introduced for the second half and it didn’t take long for the Egyptian, clearly the star of the show for the hosts, to make it 2-0.

A cut inside the right flank led Salah’s effort to deflect via Joachim Andersen, with Guaita’s attempt to save the left proving grossly insufficient.

Vieira presented two groups of youngsters from his bench, for the last 30 and 20 minutes respectively, but Palace were a yard away from their sharper opponents throughout the second half as Nunez and Carvalho both tested Guaita at looking for a third.

The Eagles next face Manchester United in Melbourne on Tuesday while Liverpool return to Europe for a game against RB Leipzig.


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