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Liverpool invade the Crystal Palace as they hit Hodgson’s men for 7

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Liverpool strengthened their position at the top of the Premier League table as they thrashed Crystal Palace by 7-0 at Selhurst park. The win was Liverpool’s first on the road since their win at Chelsea in the second game of the new season.

Minamino opened the scoring in the second minute of the game before Sadio Mane ended his 10 game goalless drought with a stunning goal in the 35th minute. Roberto Firmino followed up his match winning goal against Tottenham Hotspurs as he scored twice in the 44th and 68th minute, in between Jordan Henderson’s   51st minute goal.

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Mohammed Salah who was rested in the first half, for the first goal scorer, came in and netted a brace in a space of three minutes.

How Liverpool thrashed Palace

Liverpool made two changes to the side that defeated Tottenham Hotspurs in midweek, with Mohammed Salah and Curtis Jones rested for the upcoming fixtures in December.

Any doubts that Liverpool would struggle without Salah was quickly put to bed as his replacement, Minamino opened the scoring in just two minutes for the defending champions. Trent Alexander Arnold found Sadio Mane in the Palace 18 yard box with a delightful chip.

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The Senegalese also played in Minamino who cleverly dummied some of the Palace defenders before slotting the ball home beautifully.

Liverpool’s goal unfortunately did nothing to the confidence of Roy Hodgson’s men who came out of the blocks and threatened Liverpool on several occasions in the first half. Jordan Ayew in particular could have scored or assisted on two separate occasions but failed to deliver, as his struggles in front of goal continue.

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Against the round of play, then, Mane netted his 10th goal against Crystal Palace and his first in his last 10 games after he spinned and and fired home for Liverpool’s second of the afternoon., having been put through by Roberto Firmino.

Roberto Firmino then made it three with just a minute left to be played in the first half as he controlled a ball from Robertson with an immaculate and delicate touch before majestically putting it around the Crystal Palace goalkeeper.

It could have even be 4 in the first half but Palace were thankful that Trent Arnold’s free kick went just over the bar.

Liverpool continued from where they left off in the first half as Jordan Henderson whipped a curler into the bottom corner for the champions’ fifth goal.

Roberto Firmino then added his second before Mohammed scored in the 80th and 83th minute to give Liverpool a resounding victory at Selhurst park and one of their biggest away wins in the division.

The win means Liverpool are now on 31 points and 6 points off Tottenham Hotspurs who play later tomorrow against Leicester City.

 

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