Liverpool were made to sweat by Crystal Palace before eventually running out 1-0 winners at Anfield.
The Reds huffed and puffed but had to wait until the 73rd minute before taking the lead, Sadio Mane firing home from close range.
It’s too early to say that the Reds needed to win following last week’s 3-3 draw at Watford but three points against a Palace side that were beaten 3-0 by Huddersfield on the opening day of the season was entirely expected.
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But Jurgen Klopp’s side got the job done, eventually.
The Liverpool boss made five changes to the team that defeated Hoffenheim in their Champions League play-off first leg on Tuesday.
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Daniel Sturridge, Ragnar Klavan, Joe Gomez, James Milner and Andrew Robertson all came in, with Mohamed Salah, Alberto Moreno, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dejan Lovren and Emre Can making way.
And it was a decision that prompted criticism from Phil Thompson, who accused Klopp of “taking liberties”.
“Five changes is a big thing in the Premier League, it’s maybe taking liberties against a Crystal Palace side that got beat last week 3-0,” Thompson said on Sky Sports, per the Express.
“This is still going to be a tough game.”
Benteke missed a sitter
And so it proved. Indeed, the Eagles should have taken the lead but former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke fluffed his lines from just seven yards out.
It was the perfect opportunity for Benteke, who endured a miserable season at Anfield, to get one over his former employers.
But he skied his effort - and was promptly mocked on social media. Check out the miss below.
It's on Benteke to score the goals that will ensure Palace avoid relegation this season.
But if he fails to score, then there's every chance the Eagles will fall into a relegation battle.
Check out how fans reacted on Twitter to Benteke's woeful miss.
Mane scored the winner
Thankfully, Liverpool have Sadio Mane.
The Senegalese, who scored in last week's draw at Vicarage Road, was the hero this afternoon, capitalising on some woeful defending from Palace to tuck the ball home.
Check out his goal below.
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