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Crystal Palace vs Liverpool. Premier League.

Selhurst ParkAttendance25,002.

Crystal Palace 1

  • O Edouard (55th minute)

Liverpool 3

  • V van Dijk (8th minute)
  • A Oxlade-Chamberlain (32nd minute)
  • Fabinho (89th minute pen)

Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool: Virgil Van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain secure nervy win as Reds keep Man City in their sights

Match report and free highlights as early goals from Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain put Liverpool in charge; Crystal Palace fight back superbly, with Odsonne Edouard netting reply, but Fabinho scores late penalty; Liverpool stay second, nine points behind Man City

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win over Crystal Palace in the Premier League

Liverpool edged to a nervy 3-1 victory against Crystal Palace on Super Sunday, keeping Manchester City in their sights at the top of the Premier League table.

It was an explosive start from Jurgen Klopp's side as Virgil van Dijk (8) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (32) saw the Reds 2-0 ahead and, at that point, looking comfortable.

But Palace fought back valiantly and after a string of chances, Odsonne Edouard (55) slotted home a deserved reply 10 minutes after the break.

They were made to pay for their misses, though, as Liverpool were awarded a late penalty following a lengthy VAR check - and it was a controversial decision as Vicente Guaita and Diogo Jota collided inside the area. After a check of the monitor, referee Kevin Friend swung in Liverpool's favour.

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Jamie Redknapp believes Liverpool were fortunate to be awarded a penalty following a VAR review of this incident involving Diogo Jota and Vicente Guaita

In the absence of usual penalty taker Mohamed Salah, Fabinho slotted home from the spot to see Jurgen Klopp's side move to within nine points of Man City, taking advantage of the leaders' draw against Southampton on Saturday Night Football.

Team news

  • Vicente Guaita was back between the sticks, replacing Jack Butland after the recent 1-1 draw with Brighton. It was one of two changes with Jean-Philippe Mateta preferred to Eberechi Eze.
  • There were two changes for Liverpool from the win over Arsenal as Alisson returned in goal and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played in the front three.

Having won 7-0 on their last visit to Selhurst Park, Liverpool were on an early hunt for goals. Andy Robertson pinged an effort over the crossbar, before Jordan Henderson's low strike from 20 yards was palmed away by Guaita.

Seconds later, Liverpool went ahead with Palace's frailties from set-pieces exposed once again. Robertson swung in a superb corner from the left, with no one marking Van Dijk. He powered a ferocious header home.

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Virgil Van Dijk's bullet header saw Liverpool ahead early on

The second was not too far behind - Fabinho lifting an effort over in the interim - but it was Robertson again who helped make it 2-0. His cross from the left pinged over the box to reach the returning Oxlade-Chamberlain on the far side of the area. He controlled well before firing into the bottom corner.

However, there was a question of offside for Liverpool's second after a jump from Roberto Firmino in the middle as the cross came in. After a brief VAR check, they deemed the defender or the goalkeeper were not impacted by Firmino despite him jumping for the ball.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain doubled Liverpool's lead

But Sky Sports' Jamie Redknapp disagreed, saying at half-time: "He is offside as Mitchell has to mark him. He goes for the ball and makes Mitchell position change."

Palace then saw a few more chances fall their way. Jean-Philippe Mateta picked out Conor Gallagher inside the area, but the midfielder - making his 100th club career appearance - could not get the ball under his control with his back to goal. A sloppy Joel Matip pass then allowed Michael Olise to drive into the area, but Alisson make another superb stop.

However, he was almost beaten not long after. Mateta drove down the right of the area, swinging his cross around the goalkeeper, who had come out to put him off. But his effort just fizzed wide of the far post as the net was left unguarded.

Liverpool continued to ride their luck early in the second half. Olise bamboozled Robertson down the right to send a cross in, but Gallagher glanced his header wide of the far post. Edouard then tried to backheel the ball home from close range, but Alisson somehow managed to get his hands to it inside a packed six-yard box.

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Odsonne Edouard tapped home for Crystal Palace early in the second half

After a string of superb chances, Crystal Palace finally made the breakthrough in the 55th minute. It's was a defence-splitting pass from Jeffrey Schlupp that allowed Mateta to get in behind the Liverpool defence. With only Alisson to beat, he squared the ball for Edouard on his left, who slotted home easily into an open net.

There was still plenty on the line as the game entered the final ten minutes. Olise almost levelled things up as his chipped effort had Alisson scrambling back. The goalkeeper soon scooped the effort behind.

Player ratings

Crystal Palace: Guaita (6), Ward (6), Andersen (7), Guehi (7), Mitchell (6), Gallagher (7), Hughes (6), Schlupp (7), Olise (7), Edouard (7), Mateta (7).

Subs used: Eze (6), Ayew (6), Benteke (6).

Liverpool: Alisson (8), Alexander-Arnold (6), Matip (6), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (7), Henderson (6), Fabinho (7), Jones (7), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Firmino (7), Jota (6).

Subs used: Minamino (6), Milner (n/a), Gomez (n/a).

Man of the match: Alisson.

But controversy reigned late on with another refereeing decision going against Palace. Guaita and Jota collided inside the area, with Kevin Friend initially waving away the claims. But VAR intervened, with the referee also consulting the pitchside monitor, and awarded Liverpool the spot-kick.

"It's not a penalty," Redknapp added. "The referee got it right. You can see Jota going into the goalkeeper. VAR got it wrong but the referee still has the ability to go to the screen and trust his original decision."

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Fabinho slotted home penalty after a lenghty VAR review

Fabinho stepped up and scored the penalty as Liverpool took another three points from Selhurst Park. There were deafening boos from the home fans as Friend left the field after the game - flanked by Patrick Vieira and Crystal Palace coach Shaun Derry - leaving the hosts in 13th place.

Vieira: Penalty decision 'huge mistake'

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Patrick Vieira praises his team's personality despite losing to Liverpool 3-1, but also blames two refereeing decisions for taking the game away from his Crystal Palace side

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira:

"That goal shouldn't have been allowed. The penalty shouldn't be allowed. So all I can do is give you my frustration. I prefer not to go too far because I don't want to be in trouble.

"I strongly believe it was a huge mistake from the referee. That took away our hope to try and get the points. That decision had a massive impact on the game today. You have to look at the performances of the referees. I'm always honest about referees but today the referees didn't have a good game at all. It happens too often at home when we play the big teams.

"The reason [why Vieira did not think the penalty should have been given] is having those meetings with the referee and explaining to coaches that contact is part of the game, so that if there is a situation like that and there is not an obvious contact, there will not be a penalty.

"This one here and when you look at the situation with Jota, who I believe was really quite smart, but at the same the referee was naive or the VAR I should say was naive.

"There is no way that Jota could get the ball back and score or that Vince tried to stop. There is no way Vince and Jota cannot have contact because of the situation they were in."

Klopp: A 'Jekyll and Hyde' performance

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said his team have had to create a 'new style of football' without the pace of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to Sky Sports:

"It was a bit Jekyll and Hyde football today. You could see how good we can be. We were incredible in the first 35 minutes. Then after an intense week - away at Arsenal - I don't have any real explanation but the intensity might be one.

"We became sloppy in the last line. In the second half we were not compact, the first line pressed too high and the distance was not right. We played a high line and did not catch them offside which was our fault of course.

"You try absolutely everything and you are not always superior or dominant but you need results. That's football. We did it the hard way but we did it.

"Crystal Palace are a really talented team, wow... We opened the door for them and they were more than ready to come through it. It makes the win even better because we worked so hard."

On the penalty: "It was massive really. I didn't see it back but I don't think I have to because we thought it was and the referee did. The Crystal Palace people did not, which I understand. It was a big three points for us. An intense period so a little breather now which helps. Then we start again."

Man of the match - Alisson

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Just one of Alisson's brilliant saves to deny Michael Olise in the first half

It says a lot about both performances when Alisson is named man of the match. He was vital in Liverpool keeping their lead intact and even going on to win the game. The goalkeeper made save after save as Crystal Palace pushed, and showed just why he is so key to Liverpool's success.

Klopp told Sky Sports after the game: "I said to him now, thank you for saving our backside again. He said 'that's my job'. Of course it is very helpful to have a world-class goalkeeper at the back!"

Opta stats - Liverpool edge to victory

  • Liverpool have won each of their last 10 Premier League games against Crystal Palace, a run which started in August 2017. It equals their longest ever winning run against a specific side in the competition - 10 vs Bolton between 2007-2011 and an ongoing run against Wolves which started in 2011.
  • Crystal Palace have lost consecutive home matches for the first time this season in the Premier League, while manager Patrick Vieira has lost consecutive home league matches for the first time since November 2020 - his final two home matches in Ligue 1 with Nice.
  • Virgil van Dijk's opener was his 10th headed goal in the Premier League for Liverpool - the only defender to score more headers in the competition for the Reds is Sami Hyypia (17).
  • Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson has assisted 43 Premier League goals since joining Liverpool prior to the 2017-18 season, the joint-second-most of any player in this time along with teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold, behind Kevin De Bruyne (52).

What's next?

Crystal Palace host Hartlepool in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday February 5 at 3pm while Liverpool host Cardiff City a day later in the same competition at 12pm at Anfield.

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