At 14.02 on Saturday afternoon, Liverpool were trailing Crystal Palace, after a terrible seventy five minutes that had Jurgen Klopp - and Reds fans - pulling their hair out. By 14.05 Liverpool were level, and Crystal Palace were down to ten men. Twenty minutes later and Liverpool were celebrating a thrilling victory that propelled them to the top of the table.
That's why we love football!
No, lets be honest, this was a poor performance from Liverpool, and had Palace held on for a famous victory, it would have been totally deserved. Whether it was the short turn around between games, or the 12.30 kick-off time that seems to trouble us so much, Liverpool were second best in all departments, and didn't register a shot on target for over 60 minutes. Indeed, it took the questionable sending off of Jordan Ayew to change the game in the Reds favour, but once they were level, there was only going to be one winner.
Predictably it was Salah who dragged Liverpool level, with his 200th goal for the club. It is a remarkable feat for a fantastic player, and means he joins an elite list with Ian Rush, Roger Hunt, Gorgon Hodgson and Billy Liddell. However, it was substitute Harvey Elliott who took the 'Man of the Match' award, for his 15 minute cameo, which including hitting the winning goal from the edge of the area.
The result moved Liverpool top of the table, if only for a few hours, and keeps the pressure on their title rivals.
Crystal Palace 24% - 76% Liverpool
Crystal Palace 8 - 14 Liverpool
Shots on Target
Crystal Palace 4 - 2 Liverpool
Crystal Palace 6 - 5 Liverpool
What they said....
Jurgen Klopp, speaking with TNT Sports after the match :
"I told the boys that's the first game I've seen somebody play as bad as we did for 76 minutes and still win. "In this period of the year we have to get through, we need results. Nobody is in for the Oscar award for best football game ever, it's about three points. We got them and we are more than happy."
Reds striker Mo Salah :
"I see the mentality to keep fighting until the end. We keep doing that.
We have a new team now because there's six or seven [new] players. We need to give them advice. They're learning a lot and they're really nice. We can do something special this year."
Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace Manager), speaking to the BBC :
"To say I'm gutted about the way that game went and the result we have had to accept today would be an incredible understatement.
I am very disappointed. I think we were very harshly treated. Unfortunately going down to 10 men cost us. I told the referee what I thought at the end of the game. I'm not going to repeat it. He might."
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