De Boer Encouraged By Liverpool Display
Manager Frank de Boer was determined to take the positives from Crystal Palace's defeat to Liverpool yesterday.
Making the trip to Anfield for the game, Palace went down one nil on Saturday and despite only having 28% of the possession, four shots with one on target compared to Jurgen Klopp's side dominating with 72% possession, 23 shots and 13 on target, de Boer was convinced that he'd seen enough improvement in the display under his preferred style of play that it would only be a matter of time before we got our first points on the board and then started regularly winning.
Speaking to Crystal Palace FC as he met with the media for his post game press conference, a disappointed de Boer focused in on the positives and the improvements he saw in what he felt was a spirited display following the Huddersfield Town opener.
'I think we concentrated well for 95 minutes but the end of the day, you know these kind of games are decided by chances, and when you get them, you have to punish them. Of course Christian had the biggest one, but the positive for me is that we concentrated and really played as a team and stuck to the plan. That`s a compliment to the squad, and I said after the game that if they show this kind of intensity and discipline, the results will come. Liverpool are always difficult, especially at Anfield so to lose 1-0 is disappointing because we worked so hard and we deserved more, but I am convinced that I we show this every week, then the points will come.'
As for Sadio Mane's winner, he felt it came against the run of play at that moment in time.
'He (Milivojevic) was out of control and I`m not sure what exactly happened, but we were in control of the game at that moment and suddenly it was on the feet of Mane. We had dealt so well in the minutes before and after it, so it`s even harder to concede a goal like that. If you concede a goal, you want it to be because of Liverpool`s quality.'
Asked to reflect on what other positives he could take from the game, the Dutchman went on to say.
'Liverpool were frustrated that they had to play around us and between us, so that`s a good compliment for the team, but you have to reward yourself for that and at the end it`s all about the points. We are still empty handed right now, but I have good confidence that we will get some very soon.'
With a quiet transfer window so far, he was also confident that things would soon happen, but he wasn't going to panic buy.
'I have already got three players in in Ruben, Jairo and Timothy, and we are still looking. If we think that there is the chance to inject quality into the squad we won`t hesitate, but it has to be the right one and we will not panic buy.'