Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Review

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Review: VAR Gods Saved Liverpool FC Again | 1-2

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool How It Happened

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool on paper looks easy but hey count in international duty and you get a completely different game.

Premier League football is back after another international break and we have seen in the past that international break does not always help bigger teams that lose many of their players to international duty.


Lack of time to practice, jet lag and tired legs are common symptoms of International “break”.

Liverpool’s Sleepy Start After International Break

Liverpool started without Mo Salah and it was obvious early on that Roy Hodson’s defense didn’t have to spread their defense too thin between Liverpool’s deadly top 3 trio. Two musketeers (Firminho and Mane) were simply not as effective.

This was not the only problem that Jurgen Klopp’s boys had to face in London.

Liverpool looked genuinely tired and their lack of energy posed a lot of issues early on.

Robertson and Alexander Arnold seemed a wee bit lost for early periods of the game and we all know how important these two fullbacks are for Klopp’s Liverpool.

Crystal Palace Better Team In The First Half

Crystal Palace started exploiting Liverpool’s disorganized defense early on. Ayew, Townsend, and Zaha didn’t give Liverpool defense much time to breathe early in the game.

Palace robbed Man United and Arsenal valuable points earlier this season and their amicable football suggested that they may do the same with Liverpool.

James Tomkins banged a great header in just before the half time. He was denied by VAR gods that caught his teammate push Liverpool’s defender Dejan Lovren in the back. VAR denied Tomkins’ goal.

It was a discouraging moment for Crystal Palace and a wake up call for Liverpool.

Liverpool Found It’s Pace Early In The Second Half

Jurgen Klopp half time locker room pep talk must have motivated his boys because Liverpool started 2nd half in a revitalized manner. It didn’t take long before Liverpool’s newly found energy started bearing fruits.

Sadio Mane manged in another goal and confirmed that he is the man to fear once again 0-1.

Liverpool was a better team for much of the second half. Their performance looked more to what Liverpool Fans and opposing teams players are used to.

That being said, Klopp’s decision to sub Henderson in 79th minutes for Milner and tweaking Liverpool’s formation didn’t go as expected.

It took only 3 minutes for Zaha to find himself in a perfect position and scored his first goal of the season 1-1.

Remember when I talked about Liverpool’s musketeers earlier?

Liverpool had only 2 of the bad boys playing but that was enough!

Bobby Firminho scored his first goal since September when he was needed the most.

Virgil Van Dijk saw found himself on the receiving end of Alexander Arnold’s corner. The ball bounced off from multiple players before it ended up in front of Firminho. Easy business for him 1-2.

Even though we saw more shoots from home team in Crystal Palace vs Liverpool, Liverpool’s clinical finishing brought them 3 extremely important points.

 

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