Liverpool produced a spirited second-half comeback to claim a priceless 2-1 win at Crystal Palace and a huge three points for the top-four race.
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
Premier League, Selhurst Park
March 31, 2018
Goals: Milivojevic 13’; Mane 48’, Salah 84’
Jurgen Klopp’s side arrived at Selhurst Park looking to pick up from where they left off prior to the ill-timed international break.
And after a sloppy first half, the Reds fought back to see off Roy Hodgson’s Eagles and record a fourth straight win at the once bogey venue to tighten grip on a top-four spot.
It was a special day for Klopp, who marked his 100th Premier League game in charge of the Reds.
The Reds made a controlled start but fell behind to Luka Milivojevic’s penalty just 13 minutes in, after Loris Karius clattered into Wilfried Zaha for the spot-kick.
Sadio Mane saw his header ruled out for offside shortly after, leaving the Reds trailing at half-time after a frustrating first half.
Klopp’s side started the second period with intent and were quickly level, with Mane not to be denied a second time as he turned home James Milner’s fizz across goal.
A scrappy contest continued to play out, but Andy Robertson shone down the left flank all afternoon and played a key role in the match-winning moment.
Indeed, just as the game seemed set to end all square, Robertson delivered a superb first-time cross to pick out Mohamed Salah who…well, you know the rest!
Cue wild celebrations as the Egyptian King shared the moment with the ecstatic travelling Kop…
The boss also savoured the moment as he marked a landmark game with a third sweet successive victory at what was once a notoriously difficult venue for the Reds.
It was a hard-fought but priceless win for Liverpool, and one that has piled further pressure on chasing rivals as Klopp’s side established a huge 10-point cushion on fifth-placed Chelsea.