For Liverpool however, they face a battle to finish in the top four, now just three points ahead of fifth-place Manchester United
CHRISTIAN BENTEKE was the hero for Crystal Palace today as his two goals came back to haunt former employers Liverpool.
It gives the Eagles a huge boost in Premier League survival bid, but for Liverpool, the battle to cement a top-four finish goes on.
The Reds are now just three points clear of fifth-place Manchester United in the standings,
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Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool into a 1-0 lead after 24 minutes – and in some style too.
The Brazilian was brought down some 25 yards from goal. He grabbed the ball, lined up the free-kick and curled home a beauty that beat the despairing dive of Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey all ends up.
But the home crowd were silenced in the 42nd minute by one of their old boys.
Benteke swept home following a fine flowing move after being laid in by Yohan Cabaye.
And it was that man again who was left unmarked following a corner to stoop and head home what proved to be the winning goal.
Facts, Stats, Goals and Lols
- SAM ALLARDYCE arrived at Anfield looking for a first – ever win as a Prem boss having failed on 13 visits, picking up just three draws.
- RHIAN BREWSTER, 17, the latest member of Klopp’s kindergarten to emerge on the bench is an England U-17 striker but the London – born kid is also eligible for Turkey as his mum is from the country.
- JOEL MATIP and Dejan Lovren started the Palace game unbeaten in the 13 Prem games they have started this season with eight wins and four clean sheets.
- CHRISTIAN BENTEKE collected his fourth goal in three games at Anfield as an opposition player – pity he couldn’t do it as regularly when he actually played for Liverpool.
- JAMES MILNER got it the neck from a furious Jurgen Klopp for sloppy play just after Philippe Coutinho’s opener – showing how important the German rated the Eagles clash.
- PHILIPPE COUTINHO’S brilliant free kick took him to ten Premier League goals for the first time since he joined Liverpool from Inter just over four years ago.
- MANCHESTER UNITED remain the only visiting team to keep a clean sheet at Anfield in a Premier League game during Jurgen Klopp’s time as Liverpool manager.
- NOT JUST Liverpool old boys back at Anfield in Christian Benteke, Martin Kelly and ineligible defender Mamadou Sakho – Nathaniel Clyne played 137 times for the Eagles.
- MAMADOU SAKHO upset a lot of Liverpool fans with big celebration after Christian Benteke’s equaliser – they were not happy because he is only on loan at Palace.
- MARTIN KELLY rode his luck on his return to Anfield – he caught Philippe Coutinho’s ankle as the Brazilian shaped to shoot in the 52nd minute with the Kop roaring for a pen.
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Dream Team Ratings
Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren (Alexander-Arnold, 79), Milner (Moreno, 82), Can, Lucas, Wijnaldum, Firmino, Origi, Coutinho
Subs (not used): Karius, Gomez, Grujic, Brewster, Woodburn
Goals: Coutinho (27)
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Tomkins, Schlupp, Milivojevic, Zaha (van Aanholt, 78), Cabaye (Delaney, 83), Puncheon, Townsend, C Benteke (Campbell, 87)
Subs (not used): Speroni, Flamini, McArthur, Sako
Goals: Benteke (42, 74)
Booked: Benteke, Milivojevic