Premier League
Crystal PalaceCrystal Palace0LiverpoolLiverpool7

Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool: Champions hit seven to go five points clear

By Josef RindlBBC Sport
Roberto Firmino
Roberto Firmino has now scored three goals in his past two appearances, having gone six games without a goal

Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored twice as Liverpool hit seven past Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Firmino, Salah, Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson were all on the scoresheet as the champions overwhelmed Roy Hodgson's side with a stunning away performance.

Liverpool raced into the lead in the third minute as Mane set up Minamino, who coolly found the bottom corner.

And the Senegal international then doubled the advantage in the 35th minute after a superb turn, before Firmino tapped home to round off a brilliant counter-attack on the stroke of half-time.

Captain Henderson curled in a fourth just after the restart before Firmino added his second after good work from Salah.

Salah headed home a sixth with nine minutes remaining, before doubling his tally with a brilliant individual effort moments later.

The Egyptian forward rounded off a brilliant team performance, as a scintillating Liverpool ensured they would be top at Christmas for the third consecutive season.

Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane has struck a total of 10 goals against Crystal Palace - and has scored in seven consecutive matches against the Eagles

Liverpool fantastic in huge statement win

Liverpool last scored seven in a top-flight away game against Derby County back in 1991.

And the side that had been hit for seven at Villa Park in October were back to their brilliant best, creating attack after attack against a sorry Palace side to win away from home in the league for the first time since September.

Two days after being named Fifa's men's coach of the year, Jurgen Klopp gave a rare start to Minamino, dropping Salah to the Premier League's first ever nine-man bench.

And the Japan international soon opened the floodgates, netting his first Premier League goal exactly 12 months after it was announced he would be moving to Anfield.

Mane and Firmino were both on target in a blistering first period, and the Senegal international seemed in the mood to score more, looking furious after being replaced by Salah after 57 minutes.

Outstanding Liverpool scored wonderful goals - Klopp

Henderson rounded off Trent Alexander-Arnold's cut-back before Brazil international Firmino netted Liverpool's fifth. And Salah then got among the goals late on, with an opportunistic header and a late curling effort.

There was also a cameo for substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who made his first appearance since picking up a knee injury against Newcastle last July.It marked a perfect afternoon for the champions, who are now six points clear at the top of the table, with Tottenham hosting Leicester on Sunday.

Jordan Ayew
Jordan Ayew has scored just once this season

Sorry Palace stale and uninspiring

Palace have managed some famous results against Liverpool in the past - they were the last visiting team to win a league game at Anfield, back in April 2017 - but have now lost their past eight matches against the Reds.

The south London side were always going to be underdogs, but their performance was uninspiring - and defensively, they failed to deal with the pace of the visitors' attacking options.

At 1-0, Jordan Ayew had a header well saved by Alisson, while the forward failed to find Wilfried Zaha midway through the first period, when a simple pass would have put the Ivory Coast winger through on goal.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson must be wondering how the game would have played out had former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke not been suspended for the fixture.

As it was, the Eagles were unable to hold the ball upfield to break Liverpool's waves of attacks. The Belgium international will return for Palace's game against Aston Villa.

Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool: Worst scoreline that we’ve experienced - Roy Hodgson

Seventh heaven for Liverpool - the stats

  • Liverpool registered an away top-flight win by a margin of seven goals for the first time in their history. It was their first league victory by a margin of that size or greater since a 9-0 win over Crystal Palace in September 1989.
  • Crystal Palace conceded seven goals in a home match for the first time in their entire history.
  • This was Jurgen Klopp's 127th victory as Liverpool manager in the Premier League, overtaking Rafael Benitez (126) as the Reds boss with the most wins in Premier League history.
  • Crystal Palace have conceded 33 goals in 12 home Premier League games against Liverpool, 13 more than against any other club at Selhurst Park in the competition.
  • Liverpool's Sadio Mane became only the fourth player in Premier League history to score in seven consecutive appearances against an opponent, after Robin van Persie (eight against Stoke), Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (seven against West Ham) and Romelu Lukaku (seven against West Ham).
  • Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson lost his seventh Premier League game against Liverpool since leaving the club in 2011 - only Mark Hughes against Manchester City (10) has lost more games against a team he's formerly managed in Premier League history.
  • All seven of Liverpool's goals were assisted by different players (Mane, Firmino, Robertson, Alexander-Arnold, Salah, Matip and Oxlade-Chamberlain), the first time in Premier League history seven different players have assisted a goal for a team in a match.

What's next?

Crystal Palace travel to Aston Villa next Saturday (15:00 GMT) in the Premier League, while Liverpool take on West Bromwich Albion on Sunday (16:30).

Player of the match

Roberto FirminoRoberto Firmino

with an average of 8.88

Crystal Palace

  1. Squad number15Player nameSchlupp
    Average rating

    4.17

  2. Squad number17Player nameClyne
    Average rating

    4.12

  3. Squad number25Player nameEze
    Average rating

    4.11

  4. Squad number31Player nameGuaita
    Average rating

    4.02

  5. Squad number24Player nameCahill
    Average rating

    3.91

  6. Squad number4Player nameMilivojevic
    Average rating

    3.87

  7. Squad number18Player nameMcArthur
    Average rating

    3.85

  8. Squad number5Player nameTomkins
    Average rating

    3.79

  9. Squad number8Player nameKouyaté
    Average rating

    3.79

  10. Squad number9Player nameJ Ayew
    Average rating

    3.72

  11. Squad number3Player namevan Aanholt
    Average rating

    3.70

  12. Squad number44Player nameRiedewald
    Average rating

    3.69

  13. Squad number11Player nameZaha
    Average rating

    3.67

  14. Squad number23Player nameBatshuayi
    Average rating

    3.66

Liverpool

  1. Squad number9Player nameRoberto Firmino
    Average rating

    8.88

  2. Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah
    Average rating

    8.70

  3. Squad number14Player nameHenderson
    Average rating

    8.53

  4. Squad number10Player nameMané
    Average rating

    8.50

  5. Squad number26Player nameRobertson
    Average rating

    8.43

  6. Squad number3Player nameFabinho
    Average rating

    8.26

  7. Squad number18Player nameMinamino
    Average rating

    8.17

  8. Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold
    Average rating

    8.13

  9. Squad number5Player nameWijnaldum
    Average rating

    8.03

  10. Squad number32Player nameMatip
    Average rating

    7.96

  11. Squad number1Player nameAlisson
    Average rating

    7.84

  12. Squad number8Player nameKeita
    Average rating

    7.82

  13. Squad number15Player nameOxlade-Chamberlain
    Average rating

    7.75

  14. Squad number17Player nameJones
    Average rating

    7.62

Line-ups

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Guaita
  • 17ClyneBooked at 45mins
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forTomkinsat 63'minutes
  • 24Cahill
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 15Schlupp
  • 4Milivojevic
  • 18McArthurSubstituted forRiedewaldat 75'minutes
  • 25EzeSubstituted forBatshuayiat 69'minutes
  • 11Zaha
  • 9J Ayew

Substitutes

  • 1Butland
  • 2Ward
  • 5Tomkins
  • 6Dann
  • 10Townsend
  • 22McCarthy
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 27Mitchell
  • 44Riedewald

Liverpool

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Alisson
  • 66Alexander-Arnold
  • 32Matip
  • 3Fabinho
  • 26Robertson
  • 8Keita
  • 14Henderson
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forJonesat 69'minutes
  • 10ManéSubstituted forSalahat 57'minutes
  • 9FirminoSubstituted forOxlade-Chamberlainat 75'minutes
  • 18Minamino

Substitutes

  • 11Salah
  • 13Adrián
  • 15Oxlade-Chamberlain
  • 17Jones
  • 27Origi
  • 46R Williams
  • 47Phillips
  • 62Kelleher
  • 76N Williams
Referee:
Jonathan Moss

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamLiverpool
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home5
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Liverpool 7.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Liverpool 7.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Vicente Guaita tries a through ball, but Gary Cahill is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Patrick van Aanholt tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Liverpool 7. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Liverpool 6. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joel Matip following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Joel Matip (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Trent Alexander-Arnold with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by James Tomkins.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Patrick van Aanholt tries a through ball, but Gary Cahill is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Curtis Jones (Liverpool).

  11. Post update

    Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaces Roberto Firmino.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jairo Riedewald replaces James McArthur.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Patrick van Aanholt tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Curtis Jones (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Crystal Palace. Michy Batshuayi replaces Eberechi Eze.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Curtis Jones replaces Georginio Wijnaldum.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Liverpool 5. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Salah following a fast break.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Around the BBC iPlayer bannerAround the BBC iPlayer footer

Comments

Join the conversation

These comments are now closed.

2570 comments