Klopp admits Liverpool win over Crystal Palace is a 'massive result'

Sunday, 20 Jan, 2019

Premier League leaders Liverpool recovered from a poor first-half display as they came from behind to beat battling Crystal Palace 4-3 in a thrilling goalfest at Anfield on Saturday (Jan 19). Read Steve Rawlings' take on Saturday's intriguing encounter here.

Juergen Klopp's side went seven points clear of Manchester City, ahead of the champions playing Huddersfield on Monday (NZ time).

However, he played the full 90 minutes anyway and is understood to have tweaked ligaments in the 1-0 win. The Reds were hardly convincing at the Amex, mustering just three shots on target, but that was three more than their opponents could muster and given the circumstances, it was an utterly professional performance.

The reds can extend their lead, albeit perhaps temporarily, to 7 points at the top of the table with three points today.

Slide through our gallery for all the best photos as Anfield celebrated a first home win of 2019.

STAR MAN - Jordan Henderson impressed in midfield for the home side as he consistently snuffed out Palace's attempts to counter attack. "We just want to make the season as good as possible".

Like Anfield, Molineux also witnessed a seven-goal thriller, with Diogo Jota scoring a stoppage-time victor for Wolverhampton Wanderers to complete his hat-trick and earn a 4-3 victory over Leicester City in one of the league's best games of the season.

"I am too young, I am in football for a long, long time but I will be 56 in a couple of weeks and am really too young".

Lineker wrote on Twitter: "Liverpool lead through possibly the closest tap-in in the history of football from Salah".

"'Not Klopp, ' Mourinho reportedly said, asserting that the Liverpool manager was a serial runner-up and that his two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund barely counted because they came at a time when Bayern Munich were 's**t'".

Palace equalised through James Tomkins' header in the 65th but a blunder by visiting goalkeeper Julian Speroni gifted Liverpool the lead again.

He also confirmed he still hopes to recruit a new striker and midfielder, but of his return to his former club, he is unconcerned about promoting Speroni against so prolific a team despite him conceding three goals in a defeat by Arsenal the last time he played.

Liverpool are likely to be without the services of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Georginio Wijnaldum, when they take on Crystal Palace this weekend.

The Liverpool boss believes that the lack of games will help some of his injured players recuperate before they launch an assault on both the Premier League title and the Champions League.

The Premier League match between Liverpool and Crystal Palace will be broadcast on NBCSN.

After a single goal for the visitors in the first half, six were split between the teams after the break - with the Reds ultimately triumphant by virtue of their fourth goal, Sadio Mane's curled strike.