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Klopp explains his team selection against Crystal Palace

March 23 2018, 01:30 | Van Peters

Hoffenheim are bidding to reach the Champions League's group stage for the first time in the club's history

Hoffenheim are bidding to reach the Champions League's group stage for the first time in the club's history

We were really awake and defended really well and I loved the goal because it was not a clear situation.

Liverpool's solidity at the back was a welcome sight after the side shipped three goals at Watford last weekend and Robertson believes the team can only improve.

The win means Liverpool move on to four points from their opening two games and can now prepare for their UEFA Champions League second leg against Hoffenheim on Wednesday.

Benteke scored both goals in Palace's 2-1 win at Anfield in April and the former Liverpool striker will surely still be wondering how he failed to find the net in this game.

Still missing forward Philippe Coutinho through a back injury, after Liverpool reportedly turned down a third offer from Barcelona for the Brazilian playmaker on Friday, the hosts struggled to break down a stubborn Palace.

"We played nearly 90 minutes very solid", De Boer, who endured a 3-0 home defeat to Huddersfield Town in his first league match in charge, told Sky Sports.

Man of the match - Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)No wonder defender Andrew Robertson was smiling after his Premier League debut for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp knows exactly how important the attacking midfielder is to the club's fortunes, and he will hate the fact that he is being forced to constantly leave his best player out of the squad.

"It's brilliant when you get the ball and you look up and you've got Sadio, Roberto, Studge in the first half and Mo came on with big Dom - it's great to have the options", Robertson said. Maybe - but we are also focusing on other players. This man (Mané) popped up with a goal when we needed him most and then I thought we were quite comfortable after that with the clean sheet and keeping the ball. "I saw a team who wants to fight for one another".

Liverpool have rejected three attempts to sign the 25-year-old Brazilian, who signed a five-year contract in January, and the club's owners remain adamant he will not leave Merseyside any time soon.

Liverpool have lost just one of their past 14 Premier League matches - this fixture last season.

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