Clashes between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park have been exciting in recent years, with the 3-3 draw which put Liverpool out of the title race in 2014 the most memorable, and there was another six goal thriller when the sides met on Saturday evening.
Emre Can scored his first goal in eight months to open the scoring for the Reds, dressed in the away kit whose only previous outing was in defeat at Burnley, but Dejan Lovren’s error then gave James McArthur the opportunity to equalise. The Croatian redeemed himself by putting his side back in front from a corner, only for McArthur to score once again to draw the tie back level for the second time.
It was another corner that gave Liverpool the lead for a third time, with Joel Matip scoring his first goal in Liverpool colours just before half time to make Jurgen Klopp’s team talk a little bit easier at half time. Roberto Firmino added a fourth late on to put the result out of sight, chipping over Steve Mandanda after a beautiful assist from Jordan Henderson.
The result saw Liverpool continue to mount the pressure on league leaders Manchester City as they remain level on points with Pep Guardiola’s team and Arsenal, but for Palace it is now four games without a win as they keep falling down the Premier League table.
Read on over the next few pages to see what we learnt from the game…