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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
Premier League, Selhurst Park
November 23, 2019
Goals: Zaha 82′; Mane 49′, Firmino 85′
The Reds made the trip to Selhurst Park as the Premier League made its return after international action.
The Reds were off the pace in the opening term and failed to test Palace where it mattered most and their sluggishness almost came at a price with James Tomkins finding the back of the net, only for VAR to intervene for a foul on Dejan Lovren in the build-up.
A timely wake-up call for the Reds on the cusp of half-time.
And it had its required effect as Liverpool emerged from the interval with renewed intent and after missing his first opening, Sadio Mane did not have long to wait to make amends as his scuffed shot from inside the area nestled into the back of the net.
Klopp’s side had a plethora of chances to put the result beyond doubt, but Palace struck next through Wilfried Zaha to leave the Reds eight minutes to find a response.
They need only three, however, as Roberto Firmino capitalised on a scramble in the Eagles’ six-yard box to fire Liverpool back into the lead, where they would remain come the final whistle.
The result ensures Liverpool remain eight points clear at the top after 13 Premier League games.
Liverpool’s congested schedule has now kicked off, where the next challenge comes in the form of Napoli in the Champions League, where a win at Anfield would see the Reds progress to the last 16.