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When Liverpool set their biggest-ever Premier League win in Crystal Palace classic

Liverpool conceded seven in a nightmare trip to Villa Park in October 2020, but put things right with an incredible performance at Crystal Palace just before Christmas.

Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Premier League, Selhurst Park
December 19, 2020

Goals: Minamino 3′, Mane 35′, Firmino 44′, 68′, Henderson 52′, Salah 81′, 84′


The Reds’ Premier League visit to Selhurst Park during the 2020/21 season was a match to remember, in a campaign that would go on to be quite the opposite.

Unfortunately, the travelling Kop weren’t there to witness it, with the game played behind closed doors due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.

Liverpool were reigning champions, having ended their 20-year wait for a league title in the previous season.

It’s easy to forget that this victory saw the Reds go five points clear in first place, meaning they were top at Christmas, with Man City eight points behind in sixth, and in pole position to retain their crown.

The events that would unfold after the turn of the year were incredibly unfortunate, but should take nothing away from this, one of the best Liverpool performances in the Jurgen Klopp era, and their biggest Premier League victory to date.

 

The match

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 19, 2020: Liverpool's Sadio Mané celebrates after scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At the time, Liverpool were in the thick of the defensive injury crisis that would go on to derail their entire season, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both sustaining serious injuries in the months prior.

They did at least have one centre-back available for this game, with Joel Matip lining up alongside Fabinho.

Mohamed Salah‘s omission from the starting lineup was the real surprise when the teams were announced, with Klopp handing the Egyptian a rest ahead of the usual hectic festive schedule.

That gave Takumi Minamino a rare opportunity to impress from the start, and the Japanese did just that, opening the scoring with his first Premier League goal after just three minutes.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 19, 2020: Liverpool's Takumi Minamino celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was an accomplished finish from the forward, who did well to work the opening after receiving the ball from Sadio Mane inside the box. The celebration told you everything about how much his first league goal for the Reds meant to him.

Palace failed to capitalise on a host of chances to equalise and would soon be punished by Mane, who fired home a brilliantly instinctive finish for his customary goal against the Eagles.

When Roberto Firmino started and finished the terrific move that lead to Liverpool’s third just before half-time, it was virtually game over.

After the break, Jordan Henderson made it four with a delicious finish from the edge of the box, and five minutes later, Klopp rubbed salt into Palace’s wounds with the introduction of Salah just before the hour mark.

Liverpool’s talisman would come on in place of Mane, who was less than impressed with Klopp’s decision and clearly sensed that more goals were imminent.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 19, 2020: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores the fifth goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He would be right. In the 68th minute, Salah set up Firmino for his second. The Brazilian had plenty to do when he collected the pass inside the box, but his touch, burst of pace and chipped finish from a tight angle was pure quality.

The reaction to Firmino’s finish from Klopp and Curtis Jones on the sidelines was priceless!

Bobby’s work was done, and in the 75th minute he was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose return from a long-term knee injury that had kept him out since July was another positive.

The Reds weren’t done there. Salah was soon in the goals himself, of course. He made it six with an instinctive header from close range, but it was his second and Liverpool’s seventh goal that really was one to remember.

It was Oxlade-Chamberlain who played the ball out to Salah on the right-hand side, before he unleashed a perfect curling effort past Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and into the top corner. Trademark Mo.

His brace meant he had scored in five consecutive matches and was up to 16 Premier League goals before Christmas.

 

A day the Reds sent the records tumbling

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 19, 2020: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The victory saw Liverpool register their biggest-ever Premier League victory to date, but that was just one of an impressive collection of records set on the day.

With five different goalscorers and seven different assist-makers, this was the first time in Premier League history that seven different players had assisted a goal for a team in a match.

Sadio Mane‘s goal made him only the fourth player in Premier League history to score in seven consecutive appearances against an opponent.

It was also Liverpool’s record away top-flight win and the first time they had scored seven in a league away game since beating Derby County 7-1 back in 1991.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 19, 2020: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah after the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With his 127th league victory as Liverpool manager, it was a landmark day for Jurgen Klopp, who overtook Rafael Benitez as the Reds boss with the most wins in Premier League history.

Palace set some records of their own, but not ones they’ll remember fondly. It was the first time they had ever conceded seven goals in a home match and their worst-ever home defeat. Ouch.


Crystal Palace: Guaita; Clyne, Kouyate (Tomkins 63′), Cahill, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, McCarthur (Riedewald 75′), Schlupp, Eze, (Batshuayi 69′); Zaha, Ayew

Subs not used: Butland, Ward, Dann, Townsend, McCarthy, Mitchell

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum (Jones 69′); Mane (Salah 57′), Minamino, Firmino (Oxlade-Chamberlain 75′)

Subs not used: Adrian, Kelleher, R. Williams, Phillips, N. Williams, Origi

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