Liverpool juggernaut continues after Crystal Palace win
Liverpool moved level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City and Arsenal during a Halloween inspired thrilling victory at Selhurst Park.
- Liverpool scored four or more goals in a Premier League game for the eighth time in 2016.
- Goals from Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino secured the Reds’ fifth win in six league games.
- Only goal difference separates City, second-placed Arsenal and Liverpool in third.
- Liverpool have scored 79 league goals since Klopp took charge – at least 3 more than any other team in the competition
- Henderson made eight tackles against Palace, the most by a Liverpool player in a league game this season.
- Defence remains a Liverpool weakness.
- Lovren allowed James McArthur to level twice.
Liverpool welcomed back Coutinho, Firmino and Mane – fully rested after the ‘B Team’ played Tottenham in the League Cup on Tuesday.
As expected Moreno replaced Milner who failed a late fitness test.
Jurgen Klopp suggested Christian Benteke could cause his side problems due his powerful aerial threat – thankfully this didn’t really materialise. Palace as expected played long diagonal balls to Benteke in the Liverpool box. Matip and Lovren had this under control.
Slick one-touch football
Liverpool played some slick one-touch football, their first real attack led to their 1st goal, Coutinho providing a nicely weighted pass to Moreno, who rolled it across goal for Emre Can to score from just over 6 yards out.
Whilst journalists were typing away frantically, Lovren gift-wrapped Palace an equaliser.
James McArthur capitalising on the error, heading the ball into the net. Loris Karius seemingly stuck in ‘no-mans land’ just watched the ball fly over his head into an empty net. Thankfully a superb bullet header from Lovren rectified this courtesy of a Coutinho corner.
Coutinho stepping up this season
Liverpool continued to apply the pressure and the front 3 were so in-tune with each other, watching them interchange whilst pressing back the defensive line is a joy to watch. Coutinho has stepped it up this year and really thrives working alongside Firmino.
He was running the show, slowing taking over from where Steven Gerrard left off. Do we now have a successor to the throne? I’m hoping so as it feels like it’s been a long time coming.
The biggest issue Liverpool have had is the defence. Zaha received the ball out wide, crossing the ball into the box finding James McArthur – again.
Should be scoring more goals
Every game this season Liverpool could’ve and should’ve scored more goals. The way the season is going we may need more than we think!
This time Mandanda pushed away Coutinho’s glancing header from Clyne’s cross. Followed by Mane and Lallana missing further opportunities from inside the box.
Joel Matip provided the cherry on the cake, as he topped off a great half with Liverpool’s third from another Coutinho corner, heading home after some poor Crystal Palace marking.
The second half was just as open, with both sides creating more chances. The game was finally put to bed when Henderson picked out Firmino with a superb pass.
Firmino flicked the through ball over Mandanda – game over.
Another superb away victory. Klopp’s juggernaut continues.
What do you think? Do you think we can go all the way in the premier league now?
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