Salah scores brace in dramatic Liverpool win over Palace
Liverpool maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League table with a dramatic 4-3 win over Crystal Palace with Salah scoring a second half brace to steer the Reds on their way to the three points.
Liverpool XI: Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho; Sadio Mané, Firmino, Keita; Salah.
Crystal Palace XI: Speroni; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Kouyaté, Milivojevic, McArthur; Townsend, Ayew, Zaha.
After dominating the early exchanges, Liverpool felt that they should have had a breakthrough when van Aanholt appeared to handle the ball in the box. Instead, the referee gave the handball in Palace’s favour and moments later the played the ball up the other end of the pitch to Zaha who cut it back to Townsend who scored for the second time this season against title contenders.
With an albeit narrow lead at half time, it appeared that Palace could be on their way to another shock win away at one of the big boys. This was soon diminished when Salah scored an unorthodox volley after a shot looped up in the air in the centre of the box.
Soon later, Roberto Firmino scored another scuffed shot as the ball fell to him at the edge of the box and he cut it onto his right foot before trickling it into the bottom corner past Speroni.
While Liverpool very rarely concede any goals at Anfield, Palace became the first visiting team to score two goals there in the Premier League when Tomkins was found unmarked from a corner to delicately place it back across goal and into the back of the net.
Salah gave Liverpool the lead once again when a cross field pass found Milner who volleyed it into the mixer, and the veteran goalkeeper Speroni mishandled his attempted clearance which went back towards his goal and the Egyptian turned it in on the goalline.
Liverpool’s stand in right back James Milner was sent off not long before full time, but the Reds were still able to put the nail in the coffin in additional time when Robertson linked up with Mane who raced through and goal and showed composure to finish tidily.
The goals did not stop there as Max Meyer added a consolation with a minute of added time to spare, but the match eventually finished 4-3.
The result means that Liverpool are now 7 points clear at the top of the table, however their closest contenders Manchester City have a favourable game in hand against Huddersfield this weekend.
Liverpool’s next game is against Leicester at Anfield on Wednesday 23rd of January at 10PM Egyptian time.
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