Liverpool re-established their dominance in the Premier League following their disappointing draw against Everton by beating Crystal Palace 4-0.
Their return to Anfield was an explosive performance against Palace.
Story of the match
Jurgen Klopp’s side made a positive start to the game, and were a lot more intense than the Everton game.
Liverpool opened the scoring in the 23rd minute through a fantastic free-kick from Trent Alexander-Arnold. His free-kick curled high into the top right corner and was unstoppable for Wayne Hennessey.
Liverpool continued to attack and doubled their lead just before half time thanks to Mohamed Salah. In the 44th minute Fabinho dinked a ball over Crystal Palace’s defence for Salah. His close chest control and clinical finish gave the Reds clear daylight from Roy Hodgson’s side.
Fabinho went from provider to scorer with a rocket goal. In the 55th minute the Brazilian smashed his shot from at least 35 yards out with flew into the net.
Fabinho had a very impressive game and his goal and assist along with tenacity off the ball made him one of Liverpool’s best players on the night
Liverpool’s dominance in the game continued throughout and their lead became four in the 69th minute. Sadio Mane got his goal, calmly slotting past Hennessey after coming onto a precise through ball from Salah.
Salah made the difference in attack
The Egyptian got a goal and an assist against Palace and made a welcomed return to the starting line-up.
Running off the ball and stretching the wings, Salah caused Palace problems the entire game.
His goal was a testament to his ability. He made the goal look easy with a cushioned chest control followed by a calm finish.
Salah turned provider with an exquisite through ball for Mane. His assist served as another reminder of the quality that he possesses.
Following on from a poor result against Everton, Salah proved the difference in attack today.
He linked up with Roberto Firmino and Mane throughout the game and was often marked by two or three Palace players to stop him. However this was no use, as Salah was a constant thorn for the opponents.
Alexander-Arnold also had a much better game than against Everton and was able to create dangerous attacks by overlapping Salah. Their communication throughout the game made it impossible for Crystal Palace to control them.
Reds one win away from title
This important win now means that Liverpool have one hand on the title. They need just one more win to be confirmed Premier League Champions.
Their 30-year hiatus could be ended as soon as Thursday night should Manchester City drop points against Chelsea.
If Pep Guardiola’s side beat Chelsea, Liverpool’s next chance to clinch the title will come at the Etihad. Should Liverpool beat the defending champions, the Premier League title will be theirs.