Liverpool are good at football. Liverpool are better than Palace at football. Thus Liverpool beat Crystal Palace.
That last part’s not how it’s supposed to work.
The Reds were so relentless, so clinical, at Selhurst Park that all anyone could do is stop and applaud. This is the performance of killers. It’s the performance of champions. It’s,,, well, it was really good, ok.
Jürgen Klopp seemed to think so.
“Everything is pleasing, everything is good about this game”, Sky Sports report the Liverpool manager as saying. Overcoming the difficult problems in the first half with [their] counter-attacks, fighting really hard to avoid a goal there and then on the other side, really top football, top finishing.
“The boys did really well, it was really difficult to play against us today, I would say. And then today they obviously all wore their finishing boots it looked like, and when you have that it is really tricky. That’s the reason for the result.
“That didn’t happen for us before and unfortunately it will not happen a lot, but it’s a funny season - we lost 7-2 and now we won 7-0, so at least we could cancel out a little bit the goal difference.
“It was hard work as well [as ruthless finishing]. We had a lot of calm in the moments. They had their moments, 100 per cent, but our finishing in the first half was really clinical.
“I’m not thinking the game is finished at half-time. We had to stay concentrated. That was the challenge. We controlled the game and scored wonderful goals.
“It clicked today. The boys should be really proud.”
It certainly did. That’ll be one to remember. Now just go and do the bit that actually matters, and win the league.