Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool: 5 points while Salah and Firmino secure a historic victory

Liverpool have shown why they deserve to be at the top of the Premier League with one of their best performances in the Jurgen Klopp era at Crystal Palace on Saturday. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino both won 7-0 against Palace at Selhurst Park.

It was the Reds’ biggest away win in the Premier League to date. How they managed to keep a clean sheet despite uninterrupted attacks and no key defensive players makes this massive win even more special.

Takumi Minamino opened the scoring with a beautiful finish in the third minute when he opened his account in the English top division. After that it was a one-way street, but the second goal was not scored until the 35th minute. Palace tried to counter, as did Spurs in their last game, but Sadio Mane’s goal ended their brave efforts.

Roberto Firmino continued his formidable form for the club with a goal just before the break. It seems that the team that has struggled to find a rhythm this season made all the players sing in harmony today.

After the break, Jordan Henderson, who played like a true midfield general, made the top scorer list just seven minutes later. Firmino scored his second goal in the 68th minute, with substitute Mo Salah as assistant. That was before he bagged his own rapid-fire clip in the 81st and 84th minutes.

It was much more than the total domination of the Reds, who played the best football in the Premier League during this difficult year. The only thing missing was the delight of the visiting fans over this memorable victory.

Here are five discussion points from Selhurst Park.

# 5 Liverpool take their biggest away win yet

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This season, the reigning champions have suffered four draws and a 7-2 loss to Aston Villa on their travels. Tonight they ended their sad away record and were six points above Spurs, albeit temporarily.

# 4 Mohamed Salah breaks a new record

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Salah was introduced in the 57th minute instead of Mane, who had assisted and scored twice in the first half. The 28-year-old found himself in the thick of the action just 11 minutes after his introduction when he set up the template for Firmino’s second goal of the day.

He showed the instinct of a striker to cling to a Joel Matip ball after a corner and steer the ball just out of reach of Vicente Guaita to open his account in the 81st minute. He got his second to send Liverpool to seventh heaven and curled up an effort that set in after hitting the inside of the post.

Published on December 20, 2020, 6:07 am IST