Liverpool hosted Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace at Anfield hoping to maintain their advantage over the chasing pack. Despite being in control for much of the first half, Liverpool never truly made the visitors’ goalkeeper work very hard, and the hosts surrendered the advantage following an incisive and opportunistic Crystal Palace counterattack.
The Reds seized the lead quickly in the second half, showing much more purpose and aggression, via goals from Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino. But Palace soon levelled from a corner, Tompkins heading home. It was looking like Palace might represent a huge stumbling block for Liverpool’s title challenge, as they have in the past.
And then . . . all hell broke loose. Salah was able to notch Liverpool’s third following an error from Speroni. James Milner got himself sent off, Sadio Mané got a fourth for the hosts and Palace ruined everyone’s nerves by getting a third with minutes to go in injury time. Fortunately for the Reds, that’s how it stayed.
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