Liverpool are involved in yet another action-packed encounter on Saturday as perennial bogey side Crystal Palace are defeated at Selhurst Park…
Liverpool have rejoined Manchester City and Arsenal at the summit of the Premier League after an exhilarating 4-2 win at Crystal Palace.
The Reds had to recover from twice being pegged back in a frantic first half that featured five goals, including three in a breathless six-minute spell.
Emre Can was the first to find the net after 16 minutes, via a deflected first-time effort, but the hosts were level within two minutes when James McArthur punished a badly sliced Dejan Lovren clearance.
The Croatian defender quickly made amends for his error with a powerful 21st minute header but Palace and McArthur again restored parity shortly after the half hour mark.
Joël Matip put Liverpool back ahead on the stroke of half-time with his first goal for the club and there was finally no way back for the Eagles when Roberto Firmino deftly dinked over Steve Mandanda in the 71st minute.
Remarkably this was the eighth time in 2016 that Liverpool had scored four or more times in a Premier League fixture.
The Merseysiders have now netted 79 league goals since Jürgen Klopp took charge last October – a figure which is at least three more than any other top-flight team during the same period.
Analysing his club’s latest high-octane outing at the official post-match press conference, Klopp remarked: “I was not too happy with the start, not clear enough, not direct enough. Good football-wise, but not how it should be.
“Then we scored nice goals and created unbelievable chances. We really could’ve scored more, I think everybody agrees with this…
“I think their first goal especially was a present, and the second goal was not good defending and at the end a good header, so that opened the game.
“Of course, the atmosphere then was really intense. We scored the third before half-time and then second half… we score the fourth.
“Everything could’ve happened in this game, but I don’t think anyone could say it was not a deserved win, so all good from our side.”
The conceding of two goals means the Merseysiders are now 11 away league games without a clean sheet and only AFC Bournemouth, amongst the Premier League’s current top 10, have conceded more goals than their tally of 13 from 10 games played.
Such a record threatens to undermine the club’s chances of claiming silverware this season but Klopp insists there is no lack of quality amongst his backline.
“They can defend really well,” remarked the German. “I know after this game that everyone will talk about this.
“Inside a football team, you are not in the dressing room saying ‘You are a really bad defender’ and ‘You are the goalkeeper, where are you?’ and all of those things.
“They are all human beings, we work on it and I am completely convinced about the quality. If they make mistakes and stay in the game, then it’s a very good test for them – and they stood in the game [tonight].
“I am happy with the reaction, not with the situation, not with the start of the game, that’s what we have to work on. But I am happy with the reaction. So, I am fine, we will work on it and then we will see where it leads us to.”
Liverpool will next aim to make it three league victories on the trot when they host Watford on November 6.
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