LiveFT: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Summary

  1. Palace 12 games without league win
  2. Benteke fouled for injury-time penalty
  3. Moreno smashes long-range strike against post
  4. Firmino levels for Liverpool after McCarthy error
  5. Joe Ledley puts Palace in front with low drive

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By Tom Rostance

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James in London: I never understood this idea of a "soft" penalty. Isn't that just admitting that's it penalty? We moan all the time about Italians getting away with little fouls all the time. And then when the little fouls are penalised we say it's soft! 

Ben in Croydon: It's very upsetting. Upsetting to see a club such as Liverpool having to resort to cheating to beat a team scrapping at the bottom.

'You've got to be 100%'

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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "You've got to be 100% sure. In super slow motion the knee touches the foot and he goes over like he's been shot. In the last second of the game, are you going to give a penalty then?"

Manager Reaction

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Alan Pardew speaking to Sky Sports: “We didn't get any pressure on them when they went down to 10. Up to that we were good and deserved to be in front.

“The keeper made a mistake, which cost us and made us edgy from that point and we never lost that edginess for the rest of the game.

“He [Benteke] certainly made a big meal of it. If it had been us, we would not have got it.

“I’m frustrated because I looked at the referee. He was not going to give it and then he looked at the linesman who gave it.

“It was a game we should have come away with and we didn't.”

'Let's not get into a debate'

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Alan Pardew is clearly frustrated and has a bit of a tussle with Sky Sports reporter Geoff Shreeves: "Let's not get into a debate here and you try to antagonise me. I don't want to get into a debate about this penalty, that's my opinion, let's move on."

'A harsh penalty'

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "[Christian Benteke] is looking for it. Our player is pulling out of it. If the linesman gives it for the touch of the knee in the last minute I think it is harsh. Damien Delaney literally pulls out of it and the follow through of his knee gets it. Blimey, that's tough."

'We've been robbed'

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew: "I feel like we've been robbed a little bit but again maybe we shot ourselves in the foot a bit. When we went down to 10 men maybe we should have pushed on a little bit."

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Here comes an angry-looking Alan Pardew...

Liverpool are back to six points behind Manchester City in fourth so retain an interest in a Champions League berth.

Palace are nine points clear of the drop zone. Should be enough...?

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Lucas: If ever a game underlined Milner's importance to Liverpool, it's this one... 

Hilts: Clear penalty, knee caught him - if it's at the other end Pardew would be moaning if it was not given.

Gary in Essex: Clear penalty. Replays prove it. Cheating? I think not. Accusers hang your heads.

Player reaction

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley speaking to BBC Sport: "Getting in a position like that it's devastating. Usually getting into a position like that at home we are okay at seeing things out.

"Second-half, 1-0 up and they are down to 10 men - we should be seeing that out.

"The second goal was harsh I think. I don't think it was a penalty, but if you slide to ground like that in the box you are always going to put it into the ref's mind

"The run is not ideal, of course. We need to get some confidence back within the camp and hopefully start winning games."

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As we wait for Pards, a reminder that all of the build up to today's other game is over here.

No sign of Alan Pardew yet. He was very animated after that late, late penalty...

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Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to BBC Sport: "If you are behind it's not so important why and how, the only thing is that the difference is not so big. We had to change the system and had to try to stay offensive. We knew it was risky but at the end we forced it and for us it is a great win."

On Benteke: "It was a perfect change, he really worked hard. His first touch was a big chance and then it was his penalty. He made the move and forced the situation. It was a clear penalty and then he was pretty cool with the penalty. Football is a lot of things and sometimes it's all about passion. What I saw today from my players, they defended with all they had and that's good to see."

On the Firmino goal: "Sometimes you need a bit of luck. We forced it in a way because we were high in our formation. We were there, cool enough and scored the goal."

Confidence high ahead of Europa League meeting with Man Utd: "It feels good in this moment. We have to recover now and then we will be ready."

Manager reaction

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports: “I’m pretty happy. It was well deserved. We played well in that second-half against a well-rested team.

“First-half we started okay but forgot to shoot on the goal. But what we did in the end was brilliant.

"I feel sorry for Palace but I have just seen the replay [of the penalty decision] in the dressing room and it was a clear penalty. If there was no contact, Benteke would have been in a great position to shoot."

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Crystal Palace midfielder Joe Ledley says that they are not happy about the penalty decision and says 'he didn't touch him.'

'A big moment'

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks to Sky Sports about his changes after the red card: "We changed to 3-4-2. That's what we tried, a little bit risky. Dejan Lovren had to be the right back and centre half. You can try but the rest is passion. For defence you always need more passion than formation.

"We brought on Kolo Toure to save the result at the end but you take what you can get. We had moments to score but now everything is OK. Football is like this. You make a plan at the end but the lads did great. This is the third league win in a row, I can't believe how it feels, really good, a big moment for us."

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Penalty/no penalty?

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Not a penalty. I'd call that cheating.

Paul in Ipswich

Benteke comes on and does what he does best. Falls over.

Jane

It was a soft penalty but definite contact and that's all that is needed. Liverpool deserve that result.

Matt in Warwick

Ah, the inconsistencies of football referees, Mirallas booked, Benteke does exactly the same and gets the game winning penalty.

Steve in Essex

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp says that he brought Kolo Toure on late on because he wanted to secure a 1-1 draw - so the 2-1 win has made him very, very happy...

Player reaction

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke speaks to BBC Sport: "I believe in myself and I am going to fight until the end, I have no doubt about it."

'An incredible performance'

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren on Sky Sports: "It was an incredible performance from all of us, especially after the red card. We stepped up and showed our skills and character. This is a lift for everyone of us. It's good for confidence and we need to continue like this."

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke on the penalty he won in injury time: "I think he touched me otherwise I don't go down. The referee knows better than us and he took the right decision. You have to be ready when the manager needs you and I tried to do my best today."

The long wait continues

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Crystal Palace have gone 12 Premier League matches without a win (D4 L8), the current longest winless run in the top flight.  

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Christian Benteke says "I think he touched me" when asked if it was a penalty.

Well, that's good enough for Palace fans and Alan Pardew, I'm sure...

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Liverpool 'deserved it'

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Clive Allen

Former Crystal Palace forward at Selhurst Park

"This whole game has turned on the Milner sending off. The changes made by Klopp have made the difference and the 10 men left on the field played with much greater intensity.

"I have to say, though, they have deserved it. Liverpool have been the better team in this second-half."

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Jurgen Klopp goes around his players, hugging each and every one before applauding the travelling support.

What are your views on the penalty decision?

Damien Delaney slid in, tried to pull out of the tackle but ran into Christian Benteke. Definite contact, though Benteke knew what he was doing.

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FULL-TIME

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

All over! Damien Delaney's stoppage-time challenge proves costly and Palace are still without a win...

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GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Christian Benteke (Pen)

Cool as you like! Christian Benteke delays, delays, and passes into the net! Pards hurls his coat to the deck.

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PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL

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Christian Benteke goes down - penalty!

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

I wouldn't argue with that Robert. Liverpool have been well on top since they scored, James Milner hasn't been missed.

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Robert Newman: Liverpool should try starting a match with 10 men. They play better with less.

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HITS THE WOODWORK

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

What a strike! Alberto Moreno hits a wonderful long-range effort, Jon Arne Riise style, low and hard and thumped against the base of the post! Palace hanging on...

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Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

Palace now having a spell of pressure as they look for a winner. No win since late December... 

Liverpool 'going for the win'

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

Clive Allen

Former Crystal Palace forward at Selhurst Park

"The amazing thing is that Milner's exit hasn't changed the encounter at all. Palace have not dominated and have not used their man advantage at all.

"If you look now at Jurgen Klopp he is out in the technical area screaming at his players. I think, even with 10 men, he's going for the win here..."

SUBSTITUTIONS

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

Dwight Gayle is on! He's hurt Liverpool before of course. He and Bakary Sako replace Emmanuel Adebayor and Joe Ledley. Nine minutes remain. 

SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

Christian Benteke is on for the last 10 - and a very presentable chance with his first touch! Corner flicked on, and he hits a volley straight at  Alex McCarthy...

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Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

Worth reminding you all that Liverpool are down to 10 men, as you wouldn't guess it from the current pattern of play. Wave upon wave of attacks from the men in white. 

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Jeremiah Kariuki: What a costly mistake by Palace's goalkeeper! He has donated a point to Liverpool while losing two for the Eagles!

Paul Walmsley: Wow. And I thought of the two keepers on the pitch, Mignolet was the more likely to make a howler!

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

When you've not won a game for the best part of three months errors like that happen. Liverpool have not played particularly well but were gifted that one.

Alan Pardew wears the look of a concerned man.

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GOAL - Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool

Roberto Firmino

Oh dear.

Oh dear, oh dear.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

What a clanger from Palace keeper Alex McCarthy! He duffs a straightforward, run-of-the-mill, regulation clearance straight to Roberto Firmino, who takes a touch and strokes home.

A complete and utter gift. 

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Ash: Can Palace get relegated so Liverpool don't have to play them again? Hate playing them. We seem to always lose against them.

David Adams: What has Klopp done at Liverpool which means he's keeping his job but Rodgers lost his.

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SUBSTITUTION

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool

Yohan Cabaye comes off, on comes Jordon Mutch. Cabaye seems to be limping a touch, all is not well with the Frenchman. Can Palace see this out and win for the first time since Christmas?

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Danny from York: Toon army have it easy.. At least they're consistently bad! As a Liverpool fan, all these false dawns have resulted in a nervous disposition and severe trust issues. Full on psychological breakdown imminent.    

Paul from Poulton Le Fylde: This on/off performance level from Liverpool spells trouble for Man Utd on Thursday - outstanding display due then. 

Gary H in Essex: All this possession and no end product. We might as well let Palace play keep ball and take up chances that way if the come along. 

Mo in Manchester: Klopp needs 2 starting 11s, when one performs well play the next 11 the week after. 

Unfamiliar feeling...

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In roughly a 14-year professional career...

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CLOSE!

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool

Good move from Liverpool as Adam Lallana skips away into the area and looks to square it past Alex McCarthy, it looks like a tap-in for Divock Origi but Damien Delaney makes a great sliding tackle to turn it away. Palace also get the decision of a goal-kick. Somehow.

Jurgen Klopp affords himself a smile before barking at his players to push up. 

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Clive Allen

Former Crystal Palace forward on BBC Radio 5 Live

"Unfortunately for Milner they messed up a short corner and Palace broke free. He was charging back, the challenge was late and the referee had no option but to give a second yellow."

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool

Never mind this 'it's hard to play against 10' nonsense, it must be time for Palace to drive home the initiative now and end that long winless streak.

Liverpool have introduced Philippe Coutinho - on in place of Jon Flanagan. 

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I heard Liverpool use dolphins for inspiration when working on defence, they are definitely all at sea.

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'Changes afoot'

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Clive Allen

Former Crystal Palace forward on BBC Radio 5 Live

"That goal was just what Palace needed. A magnificent left-footed strike into the bottom corner.

"Klopp has to change it now from Liverpool's point of view. He has Benteke and Sturridge on the bench. I think changes are afoot.

"But it's been really disappointing from Liverpool again. Not one shot on Alex McCarthy's goal."

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RED CARD - Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool

James Milner

Mr Dependable turns into Mr Lamentable as James Milner gets a second booking and sees red. No complaints either, another late challenge in midfield as he tried to cut out a counter-attack. 

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool

Wilfried Zaha takes on Alberto Moreno inside the penalty area but the Liverpool left-back wins that battle. You'd never know that Palace haven't won in so long. A very enterprising and committed display so far.