Liverpool take advantage of Man City’s slip-up
Liverpool took advantage of Manchester City’s loss to Southampton by defeating Crystal Palace 3-1 at Selhurst Park on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s team got off to a fast start, scoring two goals in the first 32 minutes of the game.
As Virgil van Dijk headed in from his corner, Andrew Robertson assisted both goals, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain controlling a crossfield pass and firing in from close range.
After that, Palace had four good chances to equalize, but Alisson saved them all. Michael Olise and Odsonne Edouard both had shots deflected wide, while Conor Gallagher headed past the post and Jean-Philippe Mateta had a shot deflected wide.
On 55 minutes, their pressure was rewarded when Jeffrey Schlupp provided a defence-splitting through-ball to Mateta, who unselfishly passed for Edouard to tap into an empty net from close range.
Palace, on the other hand, were left to lament their earlier missed opportunities as Liverpool clinched their victory in the 89th minute when Fabinho scored a penalty granted after Vicente Guaita fouled Diogo Jota in the penalty area.
With the victory, Liverpool climbs up to 48 points, nine points behind the leaders and with a game in hand. Palace currently is in 13th place with 24 points.
Referee: Kevin Friend. Assistants: Adrian Holmes, Simon Beck. Fourth official: Andre Marriner. VAR: Craig Pawson. Assistant VAR: Simon Long.