Senegal's Mane seals Liverpool win: Salah proves to be the difference

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Jamie Carragher admits he has been stunned by the performances of Vrigil van Dijk since his world record transfer to Liverpool.

Mohamed Salah won a first-half penalty converted by James Milner and also played in Sadio Mane for a late goal as Liverpool beat 10-man Crystal Palace 2-0 on Monday (Tuesday NZ time) for their second straight win to open the Premier League.

But despite their good start to the new campaign, Van Dijk insists he and his team-mates aren't getting ahead of themselves. Quality costs a specific price. With cars, it's the case, and with players too. Nobody thinks about it now. I didn't see it.

"It was very important that Virgil was there with that kind of presence".

"But still, the ball drops and then there's a second ball, which was their plan".

'Normally a player has a couple of those, they are lacking somewhere else and their defensive partner will cover some of those areas. I'm happy with a clean sheet. They shouldn't be our No. 10s but they should be options. I do not think VAR will help. "It looked like it was (a penalty), but I have no idea", he said.

The Egyptian king failed to score but was the centre of attention as earned his side a controversial first-half penalty, drew a red card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the second half and then set up the crucial second goal.

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"We've only played two games, it'll be a very long road and a tough year". That's good - a big step for us. Today we were not brilliant but we still won.

Salah had also had a further attempt deflected away from danger when, in the 44th minute, he was challenged by Sakho, his former team-mate. We don't have to make it something it was not.

"The frustration is because I don't think that's a penalty".

Virgil van Dijk's reaction to Luka Milivojević's free-kick on Monday was weird and fans have reacted to it.

"Sometimes refereeing goes against you". It's cause for anger and disappointment.

"It's not a penalty".

The Premier League remains the only major, top-flight division in European football in which VAR will not contribute to the refereeing of matches, but despite his sense of injustice Milivojevic said: "I do not want VAR in this league". And, at the end of the game, Van Dijk clears out Max Meyer and we didn't get a penalty. There's no way [Sakho] is looking to foul the player. I shall never accept that's a penalty.

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