De Boer admits Crystal Palace need to add to squad

21 August 2017, 06:13 | Kristine Mills

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Wary after conceding three soft goals in their opening day 3-3 draw at Watford, Liverpool were reluctant to take too many risks in a tepid first half devoid of goalmouth action.

Liverpool made five changes to its lineup, with this match coming between the two legs of its Champions League playoff against Hoffenheim, and record signing Mo Salah was among those to start on the bench.

Former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke missed Palace's best chance when he shot wide from close range.

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.

But manager Frank de Boer remains confident his side can turn their form around if they remain as resilient as they did for large parts of this encounter.

Palace's 1-0 defeat at Liverpool represented a big improvement on a 3-0 home defeat against Huddersfield the previous weekend, but de Boer would still like more players at the club.

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Man of the match - Andrew Robertson (Liverpool)No wonder defender Andrew Robertson was smiling after his Premier League debut for Liverpool. It was a nice goal and we deserved it a lot.

"It was hard. We could have played a little clearer in the first half". You need to make the right decisions and in the first half we didn't.

"We had other chances but I am completely happy with how we did the job today".

"First half I was getting a few deliveries in down the left-hand side and maybe a few of the crosses could have led to goals but they didn't and they (Palace) tightened up in the second half but Sadio (Mane) picked up the goal".

"At times they were frustrated but so were we and it was important we stuck together, which we did".

The goal meant Palace had to come out and attack more, but apart from one Sullay Kaikai blast that was palmed clear by Mignolet, Liverpool were untroubled.

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