Liverpool blew away Crystal Palace with a 4-0 win at Anfield on Wednesday night, to put themselves within two points of the title, and perhaps one day from glory.
Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace
Premier League (31), Anfield
June 24, 2020
Unlike in the derby, Liverpool started with real fluency on their return to Anfield, with their one-touch play slick as every player looked to get on the ball early, almost resulting in a Gini Wijnaldum opener within the first eight minutes.
Palace were dealt a blow before the quarter-hour mark as Wilfried Zaha was forced off through injury, and soon after a brilliant long pass from Joe Gomez allowed Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to interchange and test Wayne Hennessey.
For all of the Reds’ brilliant buildup, the opening goal came from a set-piece, and it was perfect free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold, from a difficult area, that curled over the Palace wall and beyond the reach of Hennessey for 1-0.
HT: Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace
- Liverpool recapture form after understandably slow return in derby
- 100-goal mark breached for third season in a row; first time since 1987
- Reds now two points from the title, with Man City next up on July 2
- If City lose or draw at Chelsea on Thursday night, the title is already won
Liverpool opened the second half with the same bluster as they closed the first, with Andy Robertson blasting over from range after space opened up for him on his return to the side.
Fabinho, who was back to his best in the middle of the park, made no mistake when he found himself in a similar position minutes later, picking up the pass from the left-back and thundering a strike into the back of the net.
It was plain sailing from there, and Klopp used the opportunity to utilise his substitutes’ bench, first sending on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and then Liverpool were 4-0 up as a sumptuous first-time pass from Salah saw Mane through to place it into the bottom corner.
The intensity didn’t drop, but perhaps there was an element of mercy on their hapless opponents as the Reds surged to an easy win.
TIA Man of the Match: Fabinho
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Subs not used: Adrian, Lovren, Jones, Origi
Crystal Palace: Hennessey; Ward, Sakho, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Kouyate (Riedewald 66′), McCarthy, McArthur (Milivojevic 66′); Townsend, Zaha (Meyer 15′), Ayew (Pierrick 84′)
Subs not used: Henderson, Dann, Mitchell, Tavares