• Christian Benteke scores twice against his former club to lift Crystal Palace up to 12th place and seven points clear of the relegation zone.
  • His double wiped out a stunning free-kick from Philippe Coutinho.
  • Liverpool miss chance to tighten their grip on a top four finish.
  • Jurgen Klopp's side stay in third but are just two points ahead of Manchester City and three clear of Manchester United.
  • Both Manchester clubs have two games in hand on the Reds.
Christian Benteke

What a story. Christian Benteke, sold by Jurgen Klopp last summer, puts a sizeable dent in Liverpool's Champions League hopes. Palace move onto 38 points - which should be enough to secure them Premier League football for another season.


Full-time: Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace


Trend Alexander-Arnold tries to swing a cross in but it veers out of play before Hennessey pulls it out of the air. That should be that...


Liverpool have two minutes to rescue this; Joel Matip has been sent up front.


Liverpool finally breach the Palace defence as Townsend falls asleep. Moreno is freed down the inside left channel, but his cross is dug out. There's an almighty scramble as the corner comes in but Palace manage to hack it away.


SIX MINUTES of injury time added on here.


That's a nasty challenge from Grujic. Tomkins does excellently to dispossess Firmino and bring the ball out of defence before the Serbian dives in to take him out, connecting cleanly with the Palace defender's ankle. Grujic is booked, and Tomkins will need some treatment.


Christian Benteke gets a warm reception from everyone in attendance at Anfield as he is replaced by Fraizer Campbell.


With Palace sitting back, Coutinho can't pick his way through and decides to launch one on goal from 25 yards out. It's a poor effort that veers clean over the bar.


Here's the last of those flurry of changes, Marko Grujic is now on to replace Clyne. Seven minutes plus injury-time remain.


Allardyce responds to those Liverpool changes, here comes Damien Delaney to replace Cabaye.


Andros Townsend is putting a terrific shift in down the right at the moment, he is back to help out his full-back on every occasion. Alberto Moreno has just come on for Milner so his work load might increase even more yet.

Christian Benteke

Benteke's loves playing against Liverpool.


There's a change for Liverpool too. Dejan Lovren looks to have picked up a knock and he is replaced by Trent Alexander-Arnold.


Big Sam is trying to sure things up a bit with Patrick van Anholt coming on for Zaha.


He's done it again! Benteke is well placed in the box to casually nod home from six yards out but it is more miserable defending from Liverpool. Both Lucas and Matip fail to deal with Townsend's corner as it bounces across the face of the box, with Palace's greatest threat from set pieces standing unmarked in the box. Abysmal defending.


Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace (Christian Benteke, 73)


What a chance for Palace! Liverpool can't clear the resulting free kick and a miserable attempt to hack it clear falls to Cabaye, who lashes a wild effort clean over the bar. He only has a split second to get a shot away, but should have done much better there.


Nifty footwork from Zaha who does well initially to hold up the ball before skipping across Clyne. The Palace winger is tripped and Cabaye will whip in the free kick.


Big Sam is absolutely raging with something at the moment. I hope it's not just over the decision to award a throw-in Liverpool's way, because that's what it looked like.


Roberto Firmino should do better there. Milner threads a delightful ball into the box for the Brazilian to run onto, but he opts out of the challenge with Hennessey rushing out to claim the ball. It looked like he could have got there first if he had really wanted to.


Coutinho stands over another free kick out on the right. I've just realised I have started the last three posts here with his name but he's having that sort of game.


Coutinho is bullying Palace defence. Four Palace players can't get near him as he cuts across the face of the box, but the Brazilian can't get his shot away as bodies are thrown across him and the chance goes.


Coutinho gets the ball from Lucas on the edge of the D and brilliantly fools Kelly with a dragback to get the ball back onto his left foot. He has space to shoot, but he hammers his effort over the cross bar.