EPL 2016-17: Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool - 5 talking points
Liverpool and Crystal Palace were involved in an exciting 6 goal thriller on Saturday, with the Reds running out deserved 4-2 winners at the end of the game. It was the Reds, who began the proceedings in the 16th minute through an Emre Can goal. However, their joy was short-lived as Dejan Lovren gifted James McArthur with an opportunity to head home in the 18th minute and the player obliged.
While Lovren soon made amends for his mistake by scoring in the 21st minute, he failed to track the movement of McArthur and Palace were level yet again in the 33rd minute. However, Liverpool soon established themselves as the better side through a late Matip goal in the first half and when Firmino scored his side’s 4th goal, there was no doubting to which side the 3 points were headed towards.
Here are the 5 talking points from the game.
#1 Liverpool lend strength to their European spot credentials
It pains Liverpool fans that the most successful English club in Europe has not been consistently involved in the coveted Champions League over the last few years, having qualified for the same on just occasion in the last 6 seasons. However, the way they have begun the new season suggests that the Reds are definitely in the race for a European spot, come the end of the season.
The likes of Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and Lallana have flourished in the current season and were on fire yet again against Palace. They created chances at will, sliced open the Palace defence, showcasing their ability to put in an inspiring performance against a side that was looking to sit deep and see out the game and eke out a positive result courtesy of set-piece.
While some fans claim that the Reds are finally showcasing signs of being a side that can bring the League title to Anfield. However, we believe that while that might be a long shot and improbable, the Reds performances thus far suggests that they can break into the top 4 of the Premier League, come the end of the season.