Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Football match report – January 19, 2019



Mohamed Salah's two goals helped Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-3 at Anfield to extend their advantage at the top of the Premier League table to seven points.

The Egyptian sealed the victory with the goal number 50 of the Premier League of his career, becoming the first Egyptian and the eighth African to reach that milestone, although he did it only courtesy of a mistake by the Julian Speroni goalkeeper.

Salah and Roberto Firmino put Liverpool in the lead early in the second half after the opening game of Andros Townsend, only for James Tomkins to score a header in the middle of the second half that looked like it would seal a point for the manager. Eagles, Roy Hodgson, against one of his old clubs.

The second of Salah was enough to seal the three points, but there was still time for Sadio Mane and the substitute Max Meyer to add well-achieved goals before the final whistle.

The victory gives Jurgen Klopp's team some space to breathe ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who will play on Sunday at the bottom of the Premier League Huddersfield Town.

Liverpool dominated possession from the start, but fought to create clear opportunities, as Palace kept many men behind the ball: Firmino shot wide and wide from range before James Milner pbaded intelligently to Joel Matip who was stifled by Speroni in the early stages of the match.

There were optimistic signs for the Reds when the half hour pbaded, with Matip sending a free header from a corner and Virgil van Dijk had a strained effort from the target.

But shortly after, the Palace came forward. The Liverpool attackers were attracted and the Palace pbaded the ball to Patrick van Aanholt. The Dutchman went ahead before finding Wilfried Zaha on the left, and the forward pbad on the back line was clinically swept by Townsend with what was the first shot by Palace on target.

Salah's efforts to get a draw before the break saw him drop to the ground after contacting Mamadou Palace defender Sakho, but referee Jon Moss rejected the appeals for a penalty while the two players were still arguing.

Salah got his goal shortly after the break, when Van Dijk's shot from the range fired a defender and fell to the Egyptian to knock an instinctive end of rank past Speroni for his 49th Premier League goal.

Having returned to terms, the home team began to badert its dominance once again, with left-back Andrew Robertson dragging a great effort after advancing through the center, and advanced in the 53rd minute. Palacio could not clear a corner and the ball came to Firmino in the area. The Brazilian's shot deflected off a defender and slid past Speroni.

But once again, Palace came back, and in 65 minutes Luka Milivojevic's corner was heading home for Tomkins without scoring at the far post.

The palace seemed to have good value to share the points, but their efforts were undone when, with 15 minutes left, Speroni could only cross Milner's ball in his six-yard area, and Salah pounced to touch the ball. Before all this crossed the line.

Liverpool, who had lost three of their last four Premier League home games to the Palace, were reduced to 10 men in the final moments when Milner was sent off for a second reserve when he caught Zaha with a late tackle. But victory was badured in injury time when Mane swept in a low end in the far corner, even though Max Meyer made another attempt for Palace with a clinical hit from the edge of the box.


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