Reactions from Liverpool’s victory over Palace

Saturday night Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-4 at Selhurst Park. Moving level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City and Arsenal.

  • 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 weakness.
  • Lovren allowed James McArthur to level twice.

What were the reactions from the game? 

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What the managers said;

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew:

“The first half was difficult on the sideline. We talked about putting them under pressure but in the first period we did not start well.

“We worked hard and defended well but we should have put more pressure on Liverpool. But they are a good team. Two set plays though, that is not us.

“We have to tighten up on that area. Our centre-backs are good but they got done. It is something we have to work on.

“In the second half, the game hinged on key moments. There were some penalty decisions which I thought were tight. We had a tight one last season with the same referee.”

“Talk to the hand…”

Jurgen Klopp:

“In the first 15 minutes we were not really at 100% then in half an hour we created chance after chance. It was a close game and a deserved win at the end. I’m a very happy man.

“The defensive error we made for the first goal is because we are not at the limit of our concentration. The aggressiveness was not there at the start of the game. But I saw a lot of wonderful things offensively.”

Matip’s header making it 2-3

Lovren’s comments.

“And thank God I scored also – I managed to say sorry for the mistake. It was a good performance. The most important thing is the three points.

“If you want to be in the top four, you need to have the winning mentality – even when you make mistakes. Keep your head up and forget about them. Everyone did that well. We showed big character.”

Henderson’s comments:

“It’s a difficult place to come. It was a battle throughout game but, in the second half, we managed the game well. Then we managed to finish the game off and, overall, we are delighted.

Hendersons sublime pass set-up Firmino


“We need to look back at the game and at the mistakes, but we forgot about that and moved on,”

Ex-Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy:

“Liverpool have got so many options and they play with a freedom. They stretch teams and their attackers all chip in and are difficult to contain.

“The number of chances they create is because of the energy they have. They remind me of the Newcastle team 20 years ago, Kevin Keegan’s side of Beardsley, Ferdinand, Asprilla and Ginola. The one thing that needs to improve is the defence.”

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