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Henderson and Salah on target as Reds beat Palace

Liverpool got their preparations for the new season up and running with a 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace in Singapore.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were well beaten by Manchester United in their first outing as they began their build-up to the new campaign on Tuesday, but they responded well to the 4-0 defeat in Bangkok as Jordan Henderson’s early strike sent them in with the lead at the break.

Liverpool, who saw Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain leave the game with a hamstring injury just before the break, made 11 changes at half-time, including the introductions of Mohamed Salah and new signing Darwin Nunez.

It did not take long for Salah to get in on the action as his deflected shot beat Vicente Guaita to seal what in the end was a comfortable victory against Premier League opposition.

Liverpool started brightly and kept possession brilliantly in the opening stages of the games.

However, it was Palace who produced the first effort on target as Odsonne Edouard rose highest at a corner, but his header was easily plucked out of the air by Adrian.

Curtis Jones then forced a smart block from Guaita before Liverpool took the lead.

Harvey Elliott’s cut-back picked out Henderson inside the penalty area and the England midfielder swept the ball into the far corner for the Reds’ first goal of pre-season.

Roberto Firmino then headed wide and Elliott spurned a glorious chance with only Guaita to beat as Liverpool looked to extend their advantage, but there was disappointment for the Reds just before the break as they lost Oxlade-Chamberlain to what looked like a hamstring injury.

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