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Crystal Palace 1, Liverpool 2: First Thoughts

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Liverpool turn around early deficit, beat Palace at Selhurst Park.

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Crystal Palace 1 Campbell 15'
Liverpool 2 Sturridge 49', Lallana 58'

  • Pre-match thoughts: It was a strong starting lineup for Liverpool. Emre Can remained in the defense, with Joe Allen moving into the midfield alongside Jordan Henderson, and Daniel Sturridge starting in the attack.

  • Palace were content to sit back early, and in the opening exchanges Liverpool responded with some extended spells of possession in the Palace half.

  • In the 15th minute, Fraizer Campbell gave Palace the lead with a rebound after Dwight Gayle had been put in on goal by a misdirected Martin Skrtel header.

  • Liverpool were denied an immediate equalizer when Adam Lallana's close range shot was denied by Julian Speroni.

  • Liverpool had a few solid bursts and some decent chances in the middle of the first half, but haven't quite been able to break through.
  • The Reds were lucky not to have had their deficit doubled when Mignolet stopped Gayle from point blank range.
  • Half-time thoughts: Liverpool went into the break down 1-0. However, they'd shown enough to think that they could turn things around in the second half.
  • Mario Balotelli replaced Lazar Markovic on the other side of half time.
  • Liverpool tied the score at 1-1 through a fantastic one time volley from Sturridge. Hendo supplied the cross. After the goal, Alberto Moreno joined Sturridge in his signature dance.
  • Lallana! 2-1 Liverpool. Balotelli struck a low free kick that Speroni couldn't handle, and Lallana knocked the rebound into an empty net.
  • Following Liverpool's second, the wildness of the game died down for a while.
  • Liverpool knocked the ball around nicely as they tried to see out the win.
  • Full-time thoughts: Great win for Liverpool. After a rather shaky first half they were able to turn things around to secure a satisfying victory.

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