Liverpool 4 Crystal Palace 3: Salah reaches 50 thanks to Speroni shocker

Bessie Dean
January 21, 2019

At the other end of the table, Newcastle United leapfrogged Cardiff City to push the Welsh club back into the relegation zone after a 3-0 win at St James' Park that featured a double from Fabian Schar, his first goals for the club.

Joel Matip then headed a Milner corner narrowly wide as Liverpool pushed for the opener, but it was Palace who took the lead in the 34th minute.

It all added up to Liverpool moving seven points clear of champions City, who play at managerless Huddersfield Town on Sunday, with Klopp celebrating wildly at the full-time whistle.

Salah got his goal soon after the break when Van Dijk's shot from range looped up off a defender and fell for the Egyptian to knock an instinctive close-range finish past Speroni for his 49th Premier League goal.

However, Salah poked Liverpool ahead again in the 75th minute before Mane sealed the game when he linked with Andy Robertson down the left side and curled home.

Salah now has 50 goals in his 72 Premier League appearances and is the current top scorer in the league with 16.

Salah went to ground in the vicinity of former Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho during the first half of the match, which Liverpool won 4-3.

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Milner was sent off in the 89th for a second yellow card after a late challenge on Zaha before Mane added the fourth for the hosts with a solo strike in stoppage time.

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"It's a massive relief. There are different ways to win games and today we had to dig in with all we had".

Liverpool continued to plough forward and it appeared only a matter of time before the league leaders would make sure of the points but after barely getting out of their own half from the start of the second half, Palace got themselves level.

Hodgson said: "I'm very proud of the team".

"We knew if we deviated from the plan we could find it very hard but we stuck to our way of playing and really I should be stood here congratulating the lads on getting something out if it", added the former Liverpool and England manager". Well, they abandoned that mentality to an extent yesterday, as a side that had conceded just three goals at home in the Premier League all season let in three more in one game.

He said: "You need character and personality and good team spirit, people prepared to stick to the game plan even when it's not going your way".

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