By his own admission, Liverpool were not at their best against Crystal Palace – but Jurgen Klopp was thrilled to see his side triumph in adversity.
A contentious penalty won by Mo Salah and converted by James Milner was all that separated the two sides at half-time, before Sadio Mane wrapped up the three Premier League points for the Reds at the death.
Watch what both Klopp and Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who was mightily displeased with the spot-kick decision, had to say:
Liverpool are reportedly determined not to sell unwanted striker Divock Origi on the cheap as Borussia Dortmund prepare a move.
Origi, 23, spent last season on loan at the Bundesliga with Wolfsburg after he was made surplus to requirement by manager Jurgen Klopp. He only scored seven goals in 36 appearances for a relegation-threatened side, but BVB are in need of attacking reinforcements.
The Liverpool Echo reports that promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers refused to meet a £27 million asking price for the Belgium international earlier this summer. Dortmund have registered interest and could yet strike a deal as they look to bolster a threadbare forward line.
Origi, who cost £10m from Lille in 2014, has scored 21 times in 77 matches for the Reds.
Klavan, 32, sealed a £2 million (Dh9.4m) switch to Cagliari on Friday’s transfer deadline day in Italy. This followed a two-season spell, spent largely on the bench, at Anfield.
“I had offers from several teams, including in other countries, but Cagliari really wanted me,” he explained to Sky Sport Italia.
“Darijo Srna advised me to come here, as I talked to him via Dejan Lovren. Other Liverpool team-mates like Alisson, Salah and Lucas Leiva all spoke highly of Serie A.
“I’m certain we’ll do great things here and I am really fired up. The city is wonderful and so are the fans, I can’t wait to get started.”
Klavan scored once in 39 Premier League run-outs.