MX23RW : Wednesday, January 16 04:22:50
Jul 19, 2017 at 1.30pm UK at ​National Stadium
Crystal Palace
0-2
Liverpool
FT(HT: 0-0)
Solanke (61'), Origi (79')

Result: Dominic Solanke helps Liverpool into Premier League Asia Trophy final

Result: Solanke helps Liverpool into PL Trophy final
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Dominic Solanke scores his first Liverpool goal to help the Reds beat Crystal Palace 2-0 and qualify for the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy.

Liverpool have booked their place in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy courtesy of a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Hong Kong Stadium this afternoon.

Summer signing Dominic Solanke scored his first goal for the club to break the deadlock before Divock Origi added a second to fire the Reds into Saturday's final, where they will face Leicester City.

Liverpool created the first clear sight of goal after 13 minutes when Trent Alexander-Arnold found space down the right flank, playing a low pass into the box which Daniel Sturridge turned goalwards, only to be denied by a fine block from Scott Dann.

Sturridge turned provider shortly afterwards when he flicked Jordan Henderson's lofted pass into the path of Adam Lallana, but the midfielder could not keep his half-volley down and blazed it over the crossbar.

Mohamed Salah was the only new signing on either side to be included in the starting lineups, and he almost made it two goals in two games for the Reds midway through the half when he cut inside onto his left foot and curled an effort narrowly over.

The match saw new Palace boss Frank de Boer get his first look at many of his first-team players, but it took them until the 27th minute to test Simon Mignolet for the first time when Keshi Anderson exchanged passes with Andros Townsend before being denied by the Liverpool keeper.

Liverpool were soon back on the front foot, though, and Wayne Hennessey was called into action again shortly afterwards when he gathered a tame Roberto Firmino effort from the edge of the box.

The Palace keeper was forced into a more testing save with only two minutes remaining before half time when Sturridge cut inside from the left flank and drilled a low strike towards the bottom corner, which needed a smart one-handed stop from Hennessey.

Lallana came close again moments later when his deflected shot flew wide of the target, but despite seeing the majority of the ball in the opening 45 minutes Liverpool went into the break still goalless.

Sturridge showed signs of rust early in the second half when a poor touch and tame finish saw a decent chance go begging, and that proved to be his last action as he and every other Liverpool outfield player was subbed off in the opening stages of the half.

Among those to come on was Philippe Coutinho, who almost delighted the Liverpool-heavy crowd shortly after his introduction when he cut inside before curling an effort narrowly over the crossbar.

It was another one of the new faces that finally broke the deadlock just after the hour mark, though, as Solanke opened his Liverpool account with a powerful and clinical finish into the bottom corner from outside the area.

Marko Grujic and Georginio Wijnaldum then tested Hennessey with efforts from range before Grujic again tried his luck from outside the box, this time sending a fine effort narrowly past the far post.

Palace introduced new loan signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek among their second-half subs, and the Eagles had the chance to level things up with a rare attack 15 minutes from time when Patrick van Aanholt's cross found Aaron Wan-Bissaka at the back post, but the youngster failed to catch his ambitious attempt at a volley and the opportunity went begging.

Liverpool put the game beyond doubt with just over 10 minutes remaining when Coutinho's blocked shot fell into the path of Origi, who applied the finish from close range.

Ryan Kent almost added a third late on for the Reds when he cut inside from the right flank before drilling a low shot towards goal, but Hennessey got down to turn the shot around the post and the resulting corner eventually ended with Coutinho seeing a tame shot saved.

Liverpool will now face Leicester in Saturday's final, before which Palace will take on West Bromwich Albion in the competition's third-place playoff.

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool22183150104057
2Manchester CityMan City22172359174253
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs22160646222448
4Chelsea22145340172347
5Arsenal22125546321441
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd22125544321241
7Watford229583232032
8Leicester CityLeicester229492625131
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham229493032-231
10Everton228683331230
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves228592328-529
12Bournemouth2283113142-1127
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2275102430-626
14Crystal Palace2264122028-822
15Burnley2263132343-2021
16Southampton2247112339-1619
17Cardiff CityCardiff2254131941-2219
18Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2246121631-1518
19Fulham2235142049-2914
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2225151337-2411

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