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Liverpool fans react to Crystal Palace win and Mario Balotelli performance

Liverpool came from behind to defeat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the FA Cup fifth round, thanks to second half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 14, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli celebrates after the second goal against Crystal Palace during the FA Cup 5th Round match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The turning point in the match proved to be Mario Balotelli’s half time introduction, with Brendan Rodgers opting to pair him alongside Sturridge in attack.

The Italian gave Liverpool more presence in attack and occupied Palace defenders. He won the free-kick and his shot was parried for Lallana for the winning goal.

There was also praise for the performances of Simon Mignolet in goal and Mamadou Sakho in defence.

‘SoueysTache’ in the forums:

Pretty comfortable in the end this. Showed some real maturity in the last 15 mins, played keep ball really well – something we never did last season. Shows the manager is maturing nicely and bodes well for European campaigns where keeping the ball in away fixtures is key. Last year we’d have been bombing on for the third.

Big performance from Joe Allen today, thought he was class. Mario really coming into it now, he’s slowly adapting his game and it shows. Skrtel was a bit dodgy but, if he can be dodgy and we still win then I’ll take that.

‘shankly96’ in the forums:

Good changes from BR, and Balo looks like a different player (I know two sub appearances isn’t enough to judge, but still), Can starting to just play further and further forward even when he was still meant to be in defense, but I like that we need him further up the pitch. Glad Sturridge scored again, when he gets back to full fitness he’ll be brilliant, and I enjoyed Moreno dancing with him :happy:

Rotation needs to happen at some point though, the team is starting to look a bit tired

Sakho produced his obligatory calm, back-heel:

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