LIVERPOOL 1-2 Crystal Palace
Liverpool left Anfield without any points to show for it this weekend as Crystal Palace showed up to take them all in Premier League action.
Jurgen Klopp must have been satisfied with his team who had beaten West Brom, because he did not change a single thing about it, exactly the same lineup. Crystal Palace would have former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke in their side although loaned Liverpool player Mamadou Sakho was ineligible to play against us due to not being officially transferred away permanently yet. He’s still one of us.
Liverpool would start rather well and in less than half an hour, our fans would get to see us score. A free kick was awarded around the 24th minute and surprisingly James Milner wouldn’t be taking it, Coutinho stepped up to curl it right over the Palace wall and into the net with style from 25 yards away.
Magic football from the Magician made it Liverpool 1-0 Crystal Palace.
Now, Liverpool’s one goal lead in the last game led to victory but in this game, it wouldn’t be so. I don’t know if we relaxed because we’d assumed we’d done enough to win 1-0 or if we just weren’t tight enough in defence and let them attack too much. It’s not been a case of any major mistakes on the part of our 1st choice goalkeeper, Simon Mignolet. He’s done all he can and a memorable face was really entirely to blame for our defeat eventually.
Liverpool spent up to just before half time looking for more openings and chances to increase their lead to 2 goals but it would be Crystal Palace who’d get the next goal. Christian Benteke would be allowed to equalise after Yohan Cabaye threw over a ball that found Benteke at the far post in close enough range to power home a shot into the net. Lovren wasn’t marking man well enough and Benteke wasn’t going to miss from inside the box. Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace. Half time then arrived shortly after and it was still a draw. Don’t think Klopp would have been very happy with not leading at the break, though. We’d worked quite hard to get ahead and should have stayed ahead. There was still another half to go and we could have taken another lead.
Liverpool did attack after the break and Coutinho had even moved into the box with the ball, only to be clipped by Martin Kelly, fairly roughly. Coutinho’s not a typical “diver” though, did all he could to stay on his feet and got a shot off, only for it to be blocked by the defender. Had he gone to ground, there would have been a good chance a penalty would have been awarded. I don’t advocate cheating, but if Coutinho’s chance had ended in a penalty for Liverpool, the result could have turned out differently. A win or a draw for us, possibly. This was one of the turning points for Liverpool. It felt like it wasn’t going to be our day from here on out.
By the 73rd minute, Crystal Palace had been dominating the 2nd half and would get another goal. Liverpool’s chances weren’t going well, all the luck seemed to be with our opposition. The flow of football kept going toward Simon Mignolet and our fans had to watch him keep his cool as he was tested over and over. You know how it goes though, only one of any number of shots needs to go in and the one that makes it past the goalkeeper is the one he’ll be criticized for. I won’t do that to him, though. He’s done his job so well, saving numerous times and if anyone needs to be blamed for the 2nd goal being scored, I felt Dejan Lovren had been having a bad day at the back line of defence. He’d let his man (Christian Benteke) get past him twice and it cost us conceding goals, both times.
A former Liverpool player that would have trained with our squad many times during his career as a Red should not be a threat. We know his tactics. We’ve been defending against them, before. To see him again at Anfield shouldn’t have cost us so badly. All it took was a blocked shot from Cabaye, then the following corner to come in and unmarked Benteke was given enough space (by Lovren) to head home from a low angle inside of the 6 yard box. Now, we were done for the day. No comeback, no draw. No points. Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace.
Man Of the Match
Liverpool’s head start couldn’t be converted into a 1-0 win but our best portions of the game was watching Coutinho keep on giving us the hope that we’d be getting something from the game. It wouldn’t be points but it would be a special goal. Free kicks aren’t often taken by the Brazilian but he showed his skill to be as good as our regular set piece takers.
Liverpool go up against Watford by the start of May in more Premier League action.
Keep your spirits high and your hopes strong as you walk on with that hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.