Liverpool beat Palace in six-goal thriller

Liverpool moved level on points at the top of the English Premier League table with Arsenal and Manchester City after a 4-2 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

  • Palace 2 Liverpool 4
  • Can scores early goal
  • McArthur heads equaliser
  • Lovren makes it 2-1
  • McArthur completes brace
  • Matip restores lead before HT
  • Firmino makes it 4-2

Match summary

Five first-half goals between the Reds and the Eagles tells its own story in a game that went one way then another.

Emre Can opened the Reds’ account early on before James McArthur's headed two goals between Dejan Lovren's goal for the Reds.

However, Joel Matip scored the third headed goal of the half to give Jurgen Klopp's side the lead at the break.

Roberto Firmino then scored the fourth for the away side in the only strike of the second half to make sure of the points.

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Full report

The game was marred by poor defensive displays but the attacking intent surely entertained the neutrals. The home side were sliced open easily by the Reds after 15 minutes when Phillip Coutinho dinked the ball out to Alberto Moreno on the left side of the Palace box.

The returning left-back, making just his second start of the season, saw his first-time cutback swept in by Emre Can to put them ahead.

@ec2323 opens the scoring for #LFC!

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It was took just three minutes for Palace to draw level courtesy of an absolute gift for James McArthur. 

Dejan Lovren made a complete mess of a pass back to Loris Karius after Matip tried to guide a header to his defensive partner, allowing McArthur to nip in and head into an open goal.

Lovren, visibly affected by the mistake, made amends for his error soon enough when he out-muscled his marker to meet Coutinho's corner with a thumping header.

@dejanlovren06 heads home for the Reds! #LFC

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The Flurry of goals didn't end and the poor defending continued even further until the end of the half.

First the Eagles got back on level terms, again through McArthur – Lovren was again at fault, allowing the tireless midfielder to jump above him and nod in from six yards. 

Coutinho then took it upon himself to find the lead and he thought he did – but Steve Mandanda had other ideas. The Palace keeper pushed the little Brazilian's six-yard header onto this right-hand post to keep the scores level.

Nonetheless, two minutes before half-time Joel Matip, totally unmarked, rose highest to thump yet another header in and hand Klopp's side a narrow lead.

In a second half filled with half chances and penalty appeals there was no goals until the 71st minute, when  Roberto Firmino put the result beyond doubt with a composed finish.

Jordan Henderson picked out the Brazilian with a sliding pass through the middle of the pitch, laying the chance on a plate for Firmino, who had the simple task of dinking the ball over the onrushing Steve Mandanda.