Palace captain happy without VAR despite Salah ‘dive’

Palace captain happy without VAR despite Salah ‘dive’

Palace captain happy without VAR despite Salah ‘dive’

Despite his dislike of the VAR system Milivojevic - who is Palace's go to man for taking penalties - has no doubt that Oliver was fooled into awarding the penalty taken by James Milner when Salah went down under a challenge by Palace centre-back Mamadou Sakho.

Luka Milivojevic's free-kick forced a flying save from Alisson early in the second half, but hopes of a home fightback were extinguished with 15 minutes to go when Wan-Bissaka walked for bumping over Salah as the Egypt worldwide raced through on goal.

Sadio Mane sealed the win for Liverpool by breaking away to score in the 93rd minute.

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend has taken to social networking site Twitter to give his reaction to his side's defeat to Liverpool.

This was Liverpool's fifth straight win at Selhurst Park, helping them banish the memories of the 2013-14 title slip up and convince even more people that they will be genuine challengers to Manchester City this term. "We were pushing to get an equaliser, playing quite well, looking reasonably likely to get a goal and were asking questions of the Liverpool defence, but then from a ball lumped forward we didn't win the header and we were light at the back".

"I told him "Say to the referee it's not a penalty". I'm happy with a clean sheet. That is my opinion and I do not think VAR will help.

It felt like a game Liverpool teams of years past would have folded in whether it be blundering in defense or giving up a penalty it just felt like a very easy game to lose.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson was frustrated by the penalty award among several other decisions by referee Michael Oliver.

"You look at some of the teams, talking about Cardiff and Newcastle at the weekend, I wouldn't cross the street to watch that game!" Sakho is a defender and he has to try and defend. "I'm more interested in the fact we played really well".

The final ball wasn't quite there for Liverpool at Selhurst Park when they got into some great attacking positions, but that may be because we are so early in the season and that sharpness isn't there.

"Quality costs a specific price, it's with cars like that, with a lot of things like that and with players as well, that's why we paid it", he said referring to Van Dijk's fee.

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