Aug 19, 2017 at 3pm UK at ​Anfield
Attendance: 53,138
Liverpool
1-0
Crystal Palace
Mane (73')
Henderson (69')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Puncheon (15'), van Aanholt (63'), Benteke (92')

Frank de Boer feeling "confident" despite defeat to Liverpool

Frank de Boer is keen to take the positives away from Crystal Palace's 1-0 defeat to Liverpool, insisting that his side looked "very solid" at Anfield.

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has insisted that his side have reasons to be cheerful despite beginning his tenure with back-to-back defeats.

There were clear signs of improvement for the Eagles in their 1-0 loss to Liverpool on Saturday afternoon, a week on from a heavy 3-0 reverse at the hands of Huddersfield Town.

De Boer's men created a big chance with the scores all level at Anfield, which Christian Benteke failed to take on his return to Merseyside, and that would come back to haunt them as Sadio Mane prodded home a 73rd-minute winner.

"I think we played almost 90 minutes very concentrated, very solid. Of course we played deeper than we'd normally want, but we know the opponent we face today," the Dutchman told reporters after the match. "We tried to create chances, and I think we did, I think we frustrated Liverpool sometimes because we were very organised and disciplined.

"I think we were very concentrated, and one unlucky touch from Luka [Milivojevic] we conceded the goal. That's a pity, but I said to my players if we show this spirit every week I am confident. I'm happy with the spirit, not happy with the result, but I think we can build from here. We played as a team, that's what I saw today, and it gives me hope for the future."

De Boer becomes just the second Dutch manager to lose his opening two Premier League games after Martin Jol, who suffered three in a row during his time at Tottenham Hotspur.

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