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WATCH: Did Salah dive against Palace?

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - 6 hours 43 min ago

Last Updated: 19/01/19 10:29pm

0:51 Mohamed Salah was accused of diving to try and win a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace but was it the correct decision? Mohamed Salah was accused of diving to try and win a penalty in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace but was it the correct decision?

Mohamed Salah might have scored twice in Liverpool's 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, but did he also dive to try and win a penalty?

With Liverpool trailing 1-0 in the first half, Salah went down in the box after a challenge by Mamadou Sakho.

The defender did swing a leg towards the ball but there didn't appear to be contact with Salah, who fell to the floor.

The referee did not give a penalty and several Palace players vented their frustrations towards Salah, with Sakho gesturing to say he had dived.

What do you think? Watch the video at the top of the page to see the incident

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LFC 4-3 Palace: Watch highlights, reaction and more

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 23:59
Catch up on all of the goals, extended highlights, post-match reaction and more from Liverpool's dramatic 4-3 win over Crystal Palace.
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Super Salah & now a needed break – 5 talking points from Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 20:12

Liverpool had to come from behind and hold their nerve with 10 men as they beat Crystal Palace to go seven points clear at the top again.


Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace

Premier League, Anfield
January 19, 2019

Goals: Salah 46′, 75′, Firmino 53′, Mane 90+3′; Townsend 34′, Tomkins 65′, Meyer 90+5′

Sent off: Milner 88′

The occasional problem with the press

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker looks dejected as Crystal Palace score the opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Not many sides manage to breach the back line of Liverpool, these days. It’s absolutely right that the Reds make opponents work hard for any big chances—but it has to also be acknowledged that, sometimes, goals are simply very well constructed.

The Reds’ press from the front is one of the most talked-about tactical aspects of the league, never mind just of Jurgen Klopp‘s team.

But on this occasion, against Palace, an extra-aggressive version of it didn’t work—and left the Reds wide open.

Five or six attackers attempted to win the ball back outside the Palace box, but the control and angles they found on their passes should be applauded. One further pass meant Liverpool’s entire midfield was bypassed, and only a few touches later it was 1-0 to Palace.

Minor points can be noted—Joel Matip a little deeper than the rest, Fabinho a little deep before closing the space, Alisson‘s side-step—which might have prevented the goal in the end, but sometimes it’s just a very good goal.

The response, then, becomes all-important…

Second-half blitz

 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino shoots during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

…And the response, when it came, was emphatic.

Keep the faith, follow the pattern, remain patient… up the tempo.

That would likely have been the thought process of most Liverpool fans and the message of Klopp in the dressing room at half time, and the Reds certainly came out all guns blazing after the restart.

Mo Salah‘s inventive, and frankly ridiculous, finish just a few seconds into the second half not only levelled the scoreline, it also served to fire up the crowd and perhaps remind the Reds themselves of how quickly they can play, how good they can be.

Palace, like most teams, couldn’t live with Liverpool once they resumed the quick passing, the one-twos, the intricate angles of their own to dominate possession and shift around the defence.

Roberto Firmino scored seven minutes later to complete a quickfire turnaround and put all the pressure back on Palace’s side, forcing them to abandon the 10-man defensive line if they wanted anything out of the game.

Later, that same incredible mentality and capacity to rebound from setbacks was on show twice more, as the Reds scored a go-ahead third and then a fourth after going down to 10 men.

Right-back back-and-forth

 Liverpool's James Milner celebrates scoring the second goal from a penalty kick during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Liverpool FC and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Trent Alexander-Arnold might have a new deal to his name, but he remains sidelined through injury. Despite Klopp suggesting he was close to returning, he’s not there yet.

James Milner filled the void, with Joe Gomez also still out, but he had an extremely tough afternoon against Wilf Zaha, Palace’s key man.

The opening goal came from that side, with Zaha stripping the veteran midfielder for pace, but for much of the first half and certainly in the second after the Reds went ahead, Zaha targeted Milner at every opportunity.

It didn’t take much for the Palace winger to get free, given the disparity in acceleration and the vast space he had to operate in, but Klopp did have options to change the one-vs.-one approach.

Rafa Camacho could have been a direct, pacy opponent to match Zaha, albeit an extremely raw one, while Fabinho has greater strength and pace in one-on-one situations.

Klopp stuck with Milner though—and massive credit goes to the versatile No. 7 for his part in the Reds’ resurgence.

More than once he kept moves going when it would be easy to give up on an overhit pass, a seeming dead-end when surrounded by defenders or when few options were available to pass to.

Key among that effort was his reaching a diagonal ball and putting over any kind of cross at all—spilled by ‘keeper Julian Speroni and touched in by Salah for 3-2.

But that’s not all: Milner’s up-and-down game was compounded by two yellow cards, for two fouls on Zaha. The Reds had to thus see out the final minutes with 10 men and, if Trent doesn’t recover in the next 11 days, Klopp will have to decide on a new option for right-back against Leicester at the end of the month.

Magic, magnificent, monstrous Mohamed Salah

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

What more can we say about the Egyptian king? A great team’s top goalscorer must not just continuously find the net, but do so when the need is most dire.

A goal down and then hauled back level, with less than 20 minutes to play, means both his goals against Palace check that particular box.

An instinctive finish to level and then the determination to reach the ball first to put the Reds back in front highlight not just his confidence, but his single-mindedness and now natural inclination to do whatever is necessary to score.

It’s 50 goals for the Reds already, in just 72 games—the same numbers as Fernando Torres posted, despite not being a true No. 9 for anywhere near all of those appearances.

A superb strike rate for a superb player.

Well-deserved rest and another step to glory

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was, for a good few minutes between 3-2 and Milner’s red card, extremely nerve-wracking.

Sadio Mane‘s late fourth was met by wild relief and jubilation—and just as quickly by conceding another unhelpful goal to Max Meyer.

Sometimes, though, games simply have to be won by whatever means necessary, and that was the case here as the Reds got over the line by sheer willforce, it seemed.

Heading to Dubai now for a well-earned break means, hopefully, some players should recover from injuries and knocks—Fabinho‘s late exit is another worry to contend with—and some tactical work can be done too, as well as fitness.

The players will reconvene at Anfield at the end of the month to face Leicester City, where the aim will be to record a quite incredible 20th league win from 24 matches.

Top of the table, seven clear again and the pressure, for now, is back on Man City.

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Mohamed Salah reveals key message from Liverpool’s half-time talk

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 20:10

Mohamed Salah has revealed Liverpool’s squad voiced the need to show their mental fortitude to turnaround the half-time deficit against Crystal Palace.


Liverpool’s dramatic 4-3 win over Palace on Saturday was one which extended their lead atop of the table to seven points, but it was also a rare occasion whereby the Reds were behind at half-time.

Only on four occasions this season have Liverpool found themselves in a losing position at the break league games this season, three of which they went on to collect at least a point.

The fifth time, and only the second at Anfield, arose after Andros Townsend hit the back of the net with a well-executed counter-attack to give the Eagles a lead at the interval.

Jurgen Klopp‘s men came out of the break with renewed vigour, twice finding the back of the net in the first eight minutes of the second half through Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

 Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) and Virgil van Dijk during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Egyptian’s goal proved the catalyst in securing another invaluable three points as despite the Eagles going on to equalise through James Tomkins, Salah’s 50th Premier League goal and Sadio Mane‘s strike proved to be enough.

And after the game Salah revealed how the squad discussed the need to be “mentally strong” during the break in order to turn their fortunes around.

“We expected before the game that the game was going to be very difficult.

“First half they played well and they played well also [in the] second half but they were staying [close] to the box and it was a tough game. But in the end the most important thing for us is the result and we had a good result.

“We conceded three goals, it’s hard a little bit but we have to accept it. This is football and we have to live with that.

“We talked to each other [at half-time] that we had to be strong mentally because this is a tough time.

“This is the most important time for us, when you are struggling you have to be strong in mind, so we talked together and the manager also gave us information and we played well and we deserved the game.”

 Liverpool's Sadio Mane (hidden) celebrates scoring the fourth goal with team-mates during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was a sentiment echoed by Klopp in his post-match press conference, as he revealed he encouraged his side to “stay positive” and not lose their “nerve”.

“I told the boys most importantly we have to stay positive and we are not allowed to lose [our] nerve, there is no reason for it, nothing happened.

“We have to improve a few things and do a few things again and again, and of course we have to protect – especially the left wing extremely well and we need to be there and to win the ball back there.

“And the boys did it. You always need a bit of luck in football but it was not too necessary and the boys deserved these three points in a very difficult game.”

The Reds will now head to Dubai for a warm-weather training camp as an 11-day spell without a game now awaits before Leicester’s visit to Anfield on January 30.

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Jurgen Klopp hails Mohamed Salah’s “exceptional achievement” of 50 Premier League goals

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 19:13

Jurgen Klopp has hailed Mohamed Salah‘s “exceptional achievement” of notching 50 Premier League goals after his latest brace against Crystal Palace.

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Since his arrival on Merseyside in 2017, Salah has dominated scoreboards up and down the country, and his prowess in front of goal reached another milestone on Saturday.

Palace’s visit to Anfield signalled the Reds’ 19th league win of the campaign in dramatic fashion, and it also brought up Salah’s 50th goal of his Premier League career.

It is a return which arrives after just 72 games, the fourth-quickest in history, behind only Andy Cole (65), Alan Shearer (66) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (68).

Two of those came as a member of Chelsea‘s 2013/14 squad, but 48 have rustled the back of the net as a Red and his latest two against the Eagles were pivotal in mounting a successful comeback.

The Egyptian has earned praise from around the footballing world as his star shows no signs of stopping, and Klopp was no different as he lauded Salah’s “outstanding” tally in his post-match press conference.

“It’s an exceptional achievement from a world class player, that’s how it is,” he told reporters.

“I think he’s made a few steps in the last couple of months in the right direction.

“Wow. It’s an outstanding number. I heard the names of the other players who have done it a little bit quicker; Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Andy Cole—good strikers as well!

“Maybe he would have scored more and earlier if I wouldn’t have played him that often on the right wing, so my fault.

“But no, not bad, and it’s helped us a lot and the boys know that.

“It’s a typical win-win situation. He benefits off the style of play with the other boys and the boys benefit, of course, from his scoring desire so that’s cool.”

Salah’s double against Palace brought his tally to 16 in the league this season, and 19 across all competitions—a return which undoubtedly proves he is no one-season wonder, as some outside the club suggested.

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Klopp praises 'world-class' Salah

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 18:43
Salah scores 50th Premier League goal in win

Last Updated: 19/01/19 6:43pm

4:01 Jurgen Klopp gives his reaction to Liverpool's 4-3 win over Crystal Palace Jurgen Klopp gives his reaction to Liverpool's 4-3 win over Crystal Palace

Jurgen Klopp praised "world-class" Mohamed Salah after he scored twice to help Liverpool win 4-3 against Crystal Palace.

Salah levelled the game shortly after half-time and then scored his 50th Premier League goal after an error from Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni.

"He's a world-class player," said Klopp, who celebrated wildly at the final whistle.

"It worked really well bringing him from Roma, it was absolutely a win-win situation. He benefits a lot from the way the team is playing and his scoring desire and being in the right positions is a really rare skill, which is why everyone is looking for players like this. It's just fantastic."

The win moves Liverpool seven points clear at the top of the Premier League, with second-placed Manchester City playing Huddersfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

2:09 We take a look at Mo Salah's five best Premier League goals after he netted his 50th in the competition We take a look at Mo Salah's five best Premier League goals after he netted his 50th in the competition

The Reds were pushed hard by Palace, who led at half-time and equalised at 2-2, but Salah and Sadio Mane struck to ensure victory.

"It was clear we had to step up a bit," said Klopp. "In the first half we were dominant like not that often before, but in the end it worked out for Palace because they are strong on the counter-attack, especially if they use Wilfried Zaha, who is not easy to defend on one-on-one situations - what a player.

"We needed more direction and to put more pressure on their last line. We created too much without having someone in a finishing position so we had to change that.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side's first goal

"We forced it a bit more, scored two really quick goals and then again we wanted to control the game more but it's difficult. The boys were not 100 per cent sure if we were still attacking or controlling and you could see that, so they could get their set-pieces, which are brilliant. They equalised.

"We scored, maybe a bit lucky for 3-2, then Sadio [Mane] scored a world-class goal for 4-2 and then injury-time they scored a third so it stayed exciting until the end, but I am very happy with the result."

Liverpool now have a warm weather training camp before their next Premier League game on January 30 against Leicester.

"It's only a couple of days then we come back and prepare for Leicester, hopefully it will be a little energiser," said Klopp.

"We need that as we had a few knocks and the players need two days to rest and then nine days to prepare for Leicester."

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Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 18:31

A relieved Jürgen Klopp was delighted to have seen Liverpool ‘dig in’ to secure a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Andros Townsend’s goal meant the Reds were behind at half-time on Saturday, but Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scored to make it 2-1 to the hosts by the 53rd minute.

Palace got back on terms through James Tomkins, before Salah put the Premier League leaders back in front with 15 minutes left to play.

Sadio Mane’s 93rd-minute strike – which came shortly after James Milner had been shown a second yellow card – appeared to have wrapped up the win, only for Max Meyer to quickly pull one back for the Eagles.

Liverpool, though, saw out the remainder to extend their advantage at the top of the table to seven points.

Read on for a transcript of Klopp’s post-match press conference…

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On his reaction to the game and result…

Somebody asked me already what was the main feeling or emotion after the final whistle and it was relief. A game like this can go in all directions. We were extremely dominant in the first half, but we were 1-0 down. We created chances but not enough, maybe not clear enough. We didn’t have enough players in the decisive areas, we had a lot of players in the preparing areas. That can happen of course, so at half-time it was clear we had to change that – we needed players in the decisive areas, more bodies in the box and all that stuff. Thank God it worked pretty well immediately. We forced these two goals to come back and everyone felt the atmosphere. Then, obviously it was not 100 per cent clear for the boys: do we control it now or do we still chase the game or whatever. That can happen as well, it’s not a big problem. We had good moments and controlled it most of the time, but pretty much each ball we lost was immediately a counter-attack because Zaha had a really good game and gave us a lot of things to solve. Millie did outstandingly well because you really cannot defend him alone and we didn’t - besides the goal, of course, which he set up. Apart from that, we could defend him but there were a lot of set-pieces – especially the set-piece which they got for the 2-2. It was an open game now with more possession for us - and we scored the third one with a similar situation that we had plenty of in the first half, these diagonal balls into the box for the full-backs.

This time Millie could get the ball in the last second I would say, a difficult ball for the goalie and Mo was there to finish it off. Fourth goal, Sadio - a world-class run, full of desire and all that stuff. Then you have a look at the watch and think ‘OK, that could be the moment’, but football teaches you always don’t close the game before it’s finished, so they could score the third one. Rafa Camacho wins the ball in pretty much the last second against Wilfried Zaha – I don’t want to think about if we’d missed that ball and what then would have happened! It is like it is. There are different ways to win football games, today we had to dig in with all we had and the boys did that, especially in the second half. It was a different game in the first and second half. We did it and so I am really happy.

On the character of his team…

Nobody should be surprised about the character of the boys. If something was really here before I came in it was character. I have known the boys since October 2015, all the boys that were here, and they have outstanding character. The work-rate was always unbelievable and all that stuff, so you have to mix it up with a few other attributes. Confidence is important, self-belief and all that stuff. The boys are ready to fight for all, that’s clear. It’s not the first moment in the season where we had to do it, but today it was pretty special and I really liked it. I think it was not too easy for the crowd to get the first half – so what do you do with that? It’s all OK on one-hand side, but on the other you are 1-0 down. I am pretty sure a lot of people though that it’s not only difficult today, but probably the day where we lose it. We were not like this. I told the boys, most importantly we have to stay positive and it’s now allowed to lose the nerves – there was no reason for it, nothing happened and we had to improve a few things and do a few things again and again. Yes, of course, we had to protect especially the left wing extremely well, we needed to be there, we needed to win the ball back there as well. The boys did it, you always need a bit of luck in football but it was not too much necessary. The boys deserve these three points in a very difficult game.

On Salah reaching 50 Premier League goals in just 72 appearances…

Exceptional - an exceptional achievement from a world-class player, that’s how it is. I think he made a few steps in the last couple of months in the right direction, so it’s really, really an outstanding number. I heard the names of the other players who did it a bit quicker: Alan Shearer, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Andy Cole - yeah, good strikers as well! Maybe he would’ve scored more earlier if I wouldn’t have played him that often on the right wing, so [that’s] my fault! But no, it’s not bad and it helped us a lot and the boys know that. I think it’s a typical win-win situation: he benefits from the style of play with the other boys and the boys benefit, of course, with his scoring desire, so that’s cool.

On the 11-day gap to the Reds’ next game, against Leicester City…

It is a break in that period. If I would imagine Millie out and Fabinho for sure a doubt it would’ve been a massive challenge if we would play on Wednesday or Saturday again. I have no idea how that would’ve worked - we couldn’t do that, honestly. It will be now two days of recovery for the boys with the most minutes and the others train of course, and then we start the preparation for the Leicester game, which is another tough task. That’s why we are here but it will not be a real break, we have to use it for training.

On when Trent Alexander-Arnold will be ready to return from injury…

I don’t know. We have to look day to day, that’s what everybody tells me. [For] Leicester? I don’t know. Trent is a very quick healer so that gives us a little hope. That’s it. We have to see. 

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Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace: Jürgen Klopp's reaction

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 18:31
A relieved Jürgen Klopp was delighted to have seen Liverpool ‘dig in’ to secure a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield.
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Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace: Talking points

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:44

Liverpool ultimately took three points from a remarkable, and often nerve-wracking, 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.

After a single goal for the visitors in the first half, six were split between the teams after the break – with the Reds ultimately triumphant by virtue of their fourth goal, Sadio Mane’s curled strike.

Here are five talking points from a thrilling encounter…

A huge second half

The importance of the events that unfolded in the second half at Anfield may only be fully understood at the end of the season.

Trailing after 45 minutes to Andros Townsend’s neat finish at the Kop end, Liverpool needed a strong response – and it began more quickly than Jürgen Klopp could legitimately have hoped.

Salah cushioned a strike past Julian Speroni just 56 seconds after the referee restarted the action and prompted a flurry of goals that ensured the match was in the balance until, literally, the final seconds.

Roberto Firmino, James Tomkins, Salah again, Mane and Max Meyer all registered on the scoresheet amid a chaotic passage of football, which nevertheless ended with the Reds three points better off and still clear in the Premier League.

When the final whistle finally – thankfully – put the drama to bed, Klopp’s fist pumps in front of the Kop told you everything.

Salah keeps on scoring

Both of the Egyptian’s goals came courtesy of considerable slices of fortune.

Virgil van Dijk’s hopeful punt from distance created the first, the ball looping off a Palace man and towards the unmarked Salah inside the area, though the calm finish that followed exhibited his composure and class.

His second came via a Speroni error, the Eagles goalkeeper pushing James Milner’s cut-back from Fabinho’s raking pass over his own head and Salah rushing in to tap the ball in from the goalline.

The double lifted Salah clear in the race to retain his Premier League Golden Boot, on 16 goals, and moved him onto 50 in the English top flight – 48 for Liverpool and two for Chelsea – in just 72 appearances.

“World-class,” was Klopp’s succinct description of his No.11 post-match.

1,000 goals

Speaking of goals and statistics, Firmino’s second-half strike brought up a milestone for Liverpool in the Premier League era.

With his shuffle and shot – a trademark from his playbook – the Brazil international claimed the 1,000th goal scored by the Reds at Anfield since the competition’s inception.

The first? Mark Walters’ effort that kick-started a 2-1 comeback win over Sheffield United on August 19, 1992.

Another way to win

The hallmark of Liverpool’s Premier League form this season has been control, their hitherto formidable defensive record laying the foundations for results both slender and emphatic.

This, clearly, was something different – a test of character for a team so accustomed to getting in front and staying there.

They answered the challenge of a half-time deficit, they answered the challenge of seeing their subsequent lead levelled at 2-2, and they answered the challenge of Palace’s refusal to give in.

And they got their reward.

“We showed great character,” said the captain, Jordan Henderson. “We’ve got to be delighted with the three points. We found a way to win.”

A club record

Liverpool’s determination did not just yield three crucial Premier League points on Saturday, the result set a new club record as Klopp’s men continue to set an astonishing pace at the summit.

Their total of 60 from 23 matches is the highest the Reds have ever accrued at this stage of a top-flight campaign, bettering the sum of 59 in 1893-94 and 1987-88.

This was their 19th victory of the term and further extended the unbeaten run in the league at Anfield, which now stands at 32 matches since Palace won here in April 2017.

And so they re-established a seven-point advantage in the division, with closest rivals Manchester City set to take on Huddersfield Town away from home on Sunday.

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Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace: Talking points

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:44
Liverpool ultimately took three points from a remarkable, and often nerve-wracking, 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.
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Salah reveals details of Liverpool's half-time discussions

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:43

Mohamed Salah revealed that Liverpool’s players discussed the need for mental strength to overcome the adversity of a half-time deficit against Crystal Palace.

The Reds eventually ran out 4-3 winners over the Eagles at Anfield on Saturday - a victory that extends their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

The final outcome does not tell the full story of a thrilling match, though, with Andros Townsend’s opener having put Palace 1-0 up at the break. 

Salah equalised just a minute into the second half, and Roberto Firmino edged the hosts into the lead soon after.

Roy Hodgson’s team then levelled through James Tomkins before Salah’s 50th Premier League goal made it 3-2 and Sadio Mane added a fourth in stoppage time following James Milner’s dismissal for a second bookable offence.

Max Meyer’s 94th-minute strike ensured there would be more nerves around Anfield in the closing stages, but Liverpool held out to secure a vital three points.

Salah told BBC Sport post-match: “We expected before the game that the game was going to be very difficult. 

“First half they played well and they played well also [in the] second half but they were staying [close] to the box and it was a tough game. But in the end the most important thing for us is the result and we had a good result. 

“We conceded three goals, it’s hard a little bit but we have to accept it. This is football and we have to live with that.

“We talked to each other [at half-time] that we had to be strong mentally because this is a tough time.

“This is the most important time for us, when you are struggling you have to be strong in mind, so we talked together and the manager also gave us information and we played well and we deserved the game.”

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Salah reveals details of Liverpool's half-time discussions

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:43
Mohamed Salah revealed that Liverpool’s players discussed the need for mental strength to overcome the adversity of a half-time deficit against Crystal Palace.
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Liverpool beat Palace in thriller

Liverpool FC on Sky Sports - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:14
Report and highlights as Mohamed Salah scores his 50th Premier League goal to send Reds seven points clear of Manchester City By James Walker-Roberts

Last Updated: 19/01/19 8:19pm

2:55 Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace

Liverpool overcame a strong challenge from Crystal Palace to win an exhilarating game 4-3 and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to seven points.

Having beaten Manchester City last month, Palace looked like they might have another say in the title race when Andros Townsend struck in the 34th minute at Anfield.

Liverpool hit back after half-time with two goals in seven minutes from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, but James Tomkins headed in from a corner in the 65th minute.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (5), Robertson (6), Van Dijk (5), Matip (5), Milner (4), Fabinho (7), Henderson (8), Keita (6), Mane (7), Salah (8), Firmino (7)

Subs: Shaqiri (5), Lallana (5), Camacho (5)

Crystal Palace: Speroni (4), Van Aanholt (5), Tomkins (6), Sakho (5), Wan-Bissaka (5), McArthur (5), Milivojevic (6), Kouyate (5), Townsend (7), Ayew (5), Zaha (6)

Subs: Schlupp (5), Meyer (6), Wickham (5)

Man of the match: Jordan Henderson

An error from 39-year-old goalkeeper Julian Speroni gifted Salah a second goal - his 50th in the Premier League - and Sadio Mane made it 4-2 in injury-time after James Milner had been sent off.

Max Meyer scored a late goal for Palace but Liverpool held out to extend their lead over City, who play Huddersfield on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.

Julian Speroni looks dejected after Liverpool's third goal Julian Speroni looks dejected after Liverpool's third goal Julian Speroni looks dejected after Liverpool's third goal

It was City's surprise defeat to Palace in December that had initially swung the title race in Liverpool's favour, and Jurgen Klopp's side battled hard to ensure they did not lose any of their advantage.

The hosts controlled possession from the start and went close in the eighth minute when Milner slipped a pass into the box for Joel Matip, who saw his shot smothered by Speroni.

But that was the only save that Speroni would have to make in the first half.

Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring Liverpool's second goal Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring Liverpool's second goal Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring Liverpool's second goal

Matip and Virgil van Dijk both missed the target with headers before Palace took the lead in the 34th minute, Wilfried Zaha effortlessly skipping past Milner and then pulling back for Townsend to finish with a low shot.

Van Dijk headed over shortly afterwards, while Palace players were aggrieved with Salah for seemingly exaggerating contact after a challenge from Mamadou Sakho in the box.

Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead Roberto Firmino gave Liverpool a 2-1 lead

Liverpool were quickly out of the blocks in the second half, with Salah flicking in a volley after Van Dijk's shot deflected over the Palace defence.

Firmino then made it 2-1 with a scuffed shot, but Palace fought back as Tomkins headed in from a corner.

Liverpool made three changes from their win at Brighton as Milner, Keita and Matip replacing Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum and Shaqiri.
Palace handed a start to 39-year-old goalkeeper Speroni, who hadn't played for the club since December 2017. He featured due to injuries to Guaita and Hennessey.

Speroni, making his first start in a year due to injuries to Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita, was at fault for Liverpool's third as he flapped at a cross and Salah finished on the line.

Milner was sent off after being booked twice for fouls on Zaha, but Mane scored Liverpool's fourth in the 93rd minute to ensure Meyer's late strike was only a consolation.

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  • Liverpool have won seven consecutive Premier League home games for the first time since January 2014.
  • Crystal Palace are the first Premier League team to score more than once at Anfield since February 2018 when Tottenham drew 2-2 with Liverpool.
  • Liverpool hit the 1000-goal mark in the Premier League at Anfield (1002 in total), only the third side to score 1000+ goals at a specific venue in the competition (Man Utd, 1094 at Old Trafford and Chelsea, 1005 at Stamford Bridge).
  • Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni (39y 246d) became the oldest player to make a Premier League appearance this term, and the oldest to appear in the competition since Shay Given (40y 151d) vs Crystal Palace in September 2016.
  • Courtesy of his assist for Andros Townsend's opener, Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha registered a goal involvement for the first time in his last 14 Premier League games.
  • Liverpool's Mohamed Salah has scored his 50th Premier League goal in his 72nd appearance in the competition - only Andy Cole (65), Alan Shearer (66) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (68) have reached the milestone in fewer appearances.
  • Since Jurgen Klopp took over at Liverpool in October 2015, Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in 69 Premier League goals, more than any other player for the Reds (45 goals, 24 assists).
  • James Milner picked up his second red card for Liverpool in the Premier League, also being sent off against Crystal Palace in March 2016 after a foul on Wilfried Zaha.
  • Liverpool's Sadio Mane has scored in his last four Premier League games against Crystal Palace, the first time he has netted four in a row against a single opponent in the competition.
Man of the match - Jordan Henderson

Salah might have scored twice, but it was Henderson who was the standout performer for Liverpool. The midfielder kept his side ticking over (making more passes in the opposition half than any other player and having more touches than any other player) while also playing a key defensive role.

What's next?

With no FA Cup game next weekend, Liverpool are heading on a warm weather training camp this week. Their next game is at home to Leicester on Wednesday, January 30. Palace host Tottenham in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Sunday before going to Southampton in the Premier League on January 30.

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Match report: Reds edge seven-goal thriller with Palace at Anfield

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 16:50

Liverpool strengthened their advantage at the top of the Premier League table with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.

In a hard-fought encounter, Andros Townsend gave the Eagles the lead on 34 minutes when he finished off a counter-attack by converting Wilfried Zaha’s low cross from close range.

Mohamed Salah equalised immediately after the restart, touching in Virgil van Dijk’s deflected strike, before Roberto Firmino put them in front moments after.

James Tomkins headed in a leveller from a corner just after the hour; however, Salah claimed his second when he tapped in from on the line after Julian Speroni had misjudged James Milner’s cross.

Milner was shown a second yellow card with a minute of normal time left to play following a challenge on Zaha, but Palace’s hopes of salvaging a point were ended when Sadio Mane netted in stoppage time.

There was still time for Max Meyer to reduce the deficit for Roy Hodgson’s side, though, but the Reds held on to go seven points clear ahead of Manchester City’s trip to Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

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Liverpool made three changes from the team deployed at Brighton & Hove Albion one week ago for the contest. With Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum ruled out due to injury, Milner and Joel Matip returned – as did Naby Keita in place of Xherdan Shaqiri.

The first half…

Liverpool marked the recent passing of Peter Thompson as well as what would have been the legendary Bob Paisley’s 100th birthday next week ahead of kick off before they set about trying to extend their lead at the Premier League summit to seven points, with Manchester City not in action until Sunday.

They fashioned their first opening in the eighth minute when Milner collected a half-cleared corner and slipped a pass through for Joel Matip; however, his close-range swipe was foiled by Speroni.

Palace were content to sit deep and try an absorb the hosts’ pressure – and after Firmino had clipped over the crossbar, Mane planted a header straight at the goalkeeper from a corner.

Next, Matip nodded wide from another set-piece and Van Dijk looped a header onto the roof of the net via a deflection.

But Liverpool were left stunned just after the half-hour when Palace took the lead with their first meaningful attack as a counter attack resulted in Zaha crossing low for Townsend to sweep beyond Alisson Becker from eight yards.

The Reds’ dominance of the ball continued following the setback, but Palace stood resolute and took a one-goal advantage into the interval.

The second half…

Liverpool eased any anxiety by mustering the perfect start to the second period.

Van Dijk took aim from distance inside the opening 60 seconds. His strike looped up off a Palace defender and fell in the direction of Salah, who was able to turn it beyond Speroni from the edge of the six-yard box.

Suddenly, the decibel levels were cranked up inside Anfield and Robertson drew gasps from the Kop as he arrowed a low shot inches wide of the post.

Nevertheless, the Reds completed the turnaround in the 52nd minute.

Palace’s clearance from a corner made its way back to Firmino inside the area. The Brazilian stepped inside Tomkins and found the bottom corner via a deflection off the visiting defender.

However, it was Tomkins who drew the Eagles level once more when he headed in from a corner 12 minutes later.

Jürgen Klopp responded by sending on Shaqiri in place of Keita – and Liverpool regained the lead soon after.

Fabinho hoisted what’s quickly becoming a trademark pass towards Milner’s run to the back post on the right. The vice-captain managed to nudge it into the middle, where Speroni misjudged its flight and inadvertently directed it towards his own goalline, allowing Salah to arrive and tap in.

The home team were reduced to 10 men when Milner saw a second yellow card for a challenge on Zaha on 89 minutes, setting up a tense finale.

Two goals in five minutes of stoppage time saw Mane nudge Liverpool further ahead before Meyer grabbed one back for the Eagles as the Reds held on to tighten their grip at the top of the table.

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Match report: Reds edge seven-goal thriller with Palace at Anfield

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 16:50
Liverpool strengthened their advantage at the top of the Premier League table with a dramatic 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.
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Video: Reds pay respects to Bob Paisley and Peter Thompson

LiverpoolFC.TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 15:55

Respects were paid to Bob Paisley and Peter Thompson ahead of Liverpool's Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday January 23 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Paisley, both a former Reds player and the club's most successful manager in history.

A commemorative mosaic was formed by fans on the Kop before kick-off, reading 'Paisley 100' as a homage to the man known as the 'Quiet Genius'.

Supporters inside Anfield also took part in a minute's applause for both Paisley and Thompson, the Liverpool legend who sadly died in December.

Watch the tributes in the video above.

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Video: Reds pay respects to Bob Paisley and Peter Thompson

LiverpoolFC TV - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 15:55
Respects were paid to Bob Paisley and Peter Thompson ahead of Liverpool's Premier League meeting with Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon.
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