Full-time: Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool

  • Emre Can gives the Merseysiders the lead in the first half, thrashing home from close range after a cutback.
  • Lovren makes a huge error that gifts an equaliser to James McArthur.
  • The defender atones for his earlier error almost immediately, powering the ball in from close range.
  • McArthur scores his second of the game with a powerful header from Zaha's cross.
  • Liverpool retake the lead before the break, with Matip heading home from a corner.
  • Firmino adds a fourth for Liverpool, who take a two-goal lead for the first time in the game.
Emre Can
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Full-time: Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool

All over at Selhurst Park. Liverpool extend their impressive recent run and have done so in some style. That's a game I forget anytime soon.

Anyway, until next time, folks...

Roberto Firmino
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Puncheon fizzes one just over the bar form distance, as Campbell comes on for the final few minutes. Pardew hasn't given up on getting a draw from this game - but his optimism appears misplaced.

Campbell has not scored in the Premier League since February 2015, by the way.

Nathaniel Clyne
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Irrespective of where Liverpool finish this season, they are sure to offer great value for more to their fans and neutrals.

This has been a bonkers game, and their attacking has only been marginally more brilliant than their defending has been woeful. A perfect combination if you enjoy can't-miss action.


Ten minutes remaining and if anything, Liverpool - who have weathered a real storm in this game - look the more likely team to score.

Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino celebrates Getty Images


Time is running out for the hosts. And given how they've defended this evening, I'm not sure they'd merit a draw on the balance of play.

Both teams are making subs. For Liverpool, it's Wijnaldum on, Lallana off. For Crystal Palace, it's:


GOAL: Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool (Firmino)

All over now? Firmino has got the all-important fourth for the Reds, racing through onto Jordan Henderson's pass before lobbing the on-rushing goalkeeper.

The defending, once again, was utterly hopeless.

Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino scored Liverpool's fourth Getty Images


In the context of this match, it's amazing we haven't had another goal since the break. Palace have just had another penalty appeal waved away. On this occasion, though, Zaha was keen to chuck himself to the ground.

 Jurgen Klopp and Alan Pardew
Alan Pardew and Jurgen Klopp on the touchline Getty Images


Palace have largely dominated this half and have just made a sub.


Zaha goes down in the box under pressure and Palace plead for a penalty. Nothing doing, though that was a real 50/50 call. Benteke then appears to be take out - nothing, again.

I fancy Liverpool need at least one more goal to put this game to bed.

Sadio Mane shoots at goal
Sadio Mane shoots at goal Getty Images


Benteke has fluffed his lines again! On this occasion, the Belgian plays a one-two on the edge of the box before his right-footed effort is easily collected by Karius in the Liverpool goal.

Benteke need to aim at one of the corner there. Instead, it was down the middle and an easy stop.


... and then they race up the other end in a lightening quick counter, before Mane's low effort is stopped by the keeper's legs.

Fans inside Selhurst Park
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A spell of sustained pressure for the hosts, who are flinging plenty of balls into the box. Liverpool are standing firm for the time being, to their credit.

Wilfried Zaha turns on the ball
Wilfried Zaha turns on the ball Getty Images


Already, Klopp is engaged in an animated discussion with the fourth official. And to darken his mood even further, Emre Can has gone into the book for a late tackle.

From the resultant free-kick, Benteke's well struck effort is expertly saved by Karius.


The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch. No changes from either side. More of the same in the second period? Yes, please.

Here we go...


Half-time: Crystal Palace 2-3 Liverpool

Five goals. Mistakes. Missed chances and plenty, plenty more besides. What a crazy first 45 minutes - and Liverpool lead at the break. More in a bit.

Jurgen Klopp
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GOAL: Crystal Palace 2-3 Liverpool (Matip)

A cross. A header. A goal. If only football was always so simple, eh!? Liverpool retake the lead for the third time with Matip battering a header into the net from a corner.

This has taken on a cartoon vibe, now. Neither side can defend for toffee - but it's making for a great game.

Who will score next, I wonder?

Joel Matip
Joel Matip finds the net Getty Images


Liverpool spurn another guilt-edge chance in the last five minutes of the half. On this occasion, Adam Lallana screws his left-footed effort wide of the post when he ought to have done better.

This is extraordinary stuff. The defending is laughable at times.

Joe Ledley challenges for the ball
Joe Ledley challenges for the ball Getty Images


This is the most action-packed game I've seen in a long time!

Mandanda pulls off a smart stop to thwart Coutinho, pushing to ball onto his right post. Then, Mane - who seems certain to score - blazes over from close range.

Alan Pardew watches on
Alan Pardew watches on Getty Images


GOAL: Crystal Palace 2-2 Liverpool (McArthur)

What a dramatic game! James McArthur has his second of the game, powering in a header from Wilfried Zaha's right-wing cross.

Jurgen Klopp is going bonkers on the touchline. I can see why, too, because Liverpool have hammered the Eagles.

James McArthur celebrates scoring
James McArthur celebrates scoring Getty Images


Given how defensively-minded Crystal Palace's approach to the game has been, it's incredible how leaky they look at the back.

Liverpool's latest attack ends with Moreno blasting the ball against the woodwork from an acute angle. Another warning.

The scene inside Selhurst Park
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Three shots on target, three goals. And Liverpool look like they will score with every attack.


GOAL: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool (Lovren)

This is getting a bit silly now! The defender atones for his error almost immediately, powering a left-sided corner into the net with his head from near the penalty spot. Lovren will be relieved and thrilled.

And Liverpool have the lead again - the question is, can they maintain it?


GOAL: Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool (McArthur)

Dear oh dear! Dejabn Lovren has gifted an equaliser to the hosts, completely mishitting a clearance into the path of James McArthur, who has the simple task of finishing.

Back to square one for Liverpool - and Klopp will be furious.

James McArthur
James McArthur pulled Palace level Getty Images


GOAL: Crystal Palace 0-1 Liverpool (Can)

But Liverpool have got past the bus! Emre Can has the goal, smashing the ball home, via a slight deflection, after getting on the end of a cut-back from the left channel.

Liverpool have the early goal Jurgen Klopp would have craved.

Emre Can
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