Three things Klopp got right as Liverpool confirm Champions League place

Though it has mostly been a wretched season for Liverpool, the Reds’ campaign ended on a high with a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace securing a place in the top four.

Boss Jurgen Klopp named an unchanged side from the team which defeated Burnley in midweek and he was rewarded with an impressive performance.

The Reds dominated at Anfield, enjoying nearly 70 per cent of the possession and not looking in danger of conceding for much of the match.

Though they created numerous chances, it was only Sadio Mane who scored, as he opened the scoring with a close-range finish before seeing a long-range effort deflected in.

Here, Daily Star Sport looks at three things Klopp got right which gave his team the vital win…

Trusting his front three

There is no doubt that Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have suffered a downturn in production this season.

But Klopp has continued to select the trio to spearhead his attack this season, once again picking them to play against Palace despite Diogo Jota being fit.

He was rewarded for his faith, with Mane and Salah in particular consistently getting the better for the Palace defence.

While they did miss several gilt-edged chances, Mane opened the scoring from close-range before he combined with Salah for Liverpool's second.

Attack the wings

Klopp clearly spotted a weakness on Crystal Palace’s wings, instructing his players to target full-backs Joel Ward and Tyrick Mitchell.

Reds full-backs Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold attacked relentlessly, with many of the hosts’ best chances coming from moves that went to the wings.

Robertson and Alexander-Arnold also linked up well with their respective wingers Mane and Salah as Liverpool dominated at Anfield.

Rewarding Wijnaldum

Gini Wijnaldum has been a key part of Liverpool’s recent success, but he is almost certain to depart with his contract expiring.

Despite his impending exit, Klopp has restored the Dutchman to Liverpool’s midfield over recent weeks, naming him captain against Palace.

And it was a captain's performance from Wijnaldum with his energy helping the hosts to win the midfield battle.

His shielding of the back four and no-frills attitude to possession also gave Liverpool the platform to attack, with Robertson and Alexander-Arnold able to go forward at will.

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