Steven Gerrard

FULL TIME: Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace


Get the feeling this isn't going to be the day Gerrard dreamed of? Zaha advances towards the box, sells Lucas a step over and is clipped by the Brazilian. Murray steps up but is denied by Mignolet, who leaps to his right to make the save. No matter, the Palace striker reacts first to tuck away the rebound.


Goal! Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace (Glenn Murray)


PENALTY - Crystal Palace


Palace nearly have a third! Puncheon cuts in from the right, easily jinking past Lovren and then across Skrtel before taking his shot on. It squirms away from Mignolet and Murray is on the loose ball but he is correctly ruled offside.


Moreno now comes off with Jerome Sinclair coming on for him. Two minutes of normal time left.


Dejan Lovren may need counselling after the afternoon Bolasie has given him, but he can sigh in relief now as the winger comes off to be replaced by Glenn Murray.


Moreno does well out on the left and rolls a precise ball to Gerrard on the edge of the box. Is this his moment? Nope again, the skipper connects with a downright awful side footed effort that he shanks horribly wide. I think it even went out for a throw in.


Sterling is felled by a clumsy challenge by Delaney and Liverpool have a free kick 25 yards out from goal. Is this Gerrard's moment? Nope, his effort is a poor one that sails harmlessly over the bar.


Gerrard, out on the left, slides a pass into Henderson who squirms past one man before curling one on goal, but it flies the wrong side of the post.


Bolasie hits the crossbar! The winger brilliantly pulls a long ball out of the air out on the right, squirms inside past Moreno before side stepping Skrtel and letting fly with a curling effort that has Mignolet beaten. It's a sublime individual effort, but fate isn't having it, as his shot cannons back out off the woodwork.


What a shout from Alan Pardew! Bolasie has been menacing the Liverpool backline all evening and this time when he cuts in from the right, Zaha is on the end of it to tap home 22 seconds after being bought on by his manager! The former Manchester United man looked offside so Liverpool will have fair reason to be unhappy. but it's nothing Palace don't deserve.


Goal! Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace (Wilfried Zaha, 59)


Another great chance for Palace. Chamakh cuts in from the right and slides the ball into Bolasie who plays it through to Lee just inside the box. Bolasie's pass is slightly overhit and Lee takes on a first time shot off balance which slices well wide of goal.


Palace have two shouts for a penalty. First, Bolasie's shot appears to bounce off the arm of Skrtel. Everyone but Lee appeals, but he soons joins in after he is clipped from a clumsy challenge from Skrtel again having chased up the loose ball. Palace get no joy, however, and the ref ignores both shouts.


Coutinho slices open Palace's backline with a wonderful lofted pass for Henderson who takes the ball down on his chest inside the box. His control is excellent, but he can't pull the trigger on the shot. Palace scramble it away, but only as far as Ibe who tries to find the net at the near post, but instead finds the side netting.


And we are back underway fort the second half at Anfield.


HALF TIME: Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace


Palace are level! Puncheon stands over the free kick and whips a left footed effort over the wall and into the right hand corner of the net! Mignolet perhaps should have done better, having positioned his wall to cover the other side of goal, but it was a wonderfully precise effort from Puncheon.


Goal! Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace (Jason Puncheon, 43)


Bolasie bursts past Can down the inside left and has his legs clipped by the Liverpool defender who was getting nowhere near him. Palace free kick on the edge of the box...


Mignolet this time denies Puncheon, dropping low to his left to palm the shot around the post. From the resulting corner, Lee Chung-yong tries a van Basten-esque volley from a tight angle but he gets it all wrong.


Another chance for Palace! Puncheon drives through the middle brilliantly, luring three Liverpool players in before slipping a pass out to Bolasie to his right. Inside the box, he has enough time to pull the trigger on the shot but slices a poor effort over the bar.


Palace waste a wonderful chance to pull level! Bolasie, over on the right this time, skips past Moreno in acres of space and drills a cross into the six yard area. Chamakh does well to hold off his marker and usher the ball into the path of Ledley who is racing into the box, but the Wales midfielder can only hammer a woeful effort over the bar.