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Premier League 2020-21 Summary: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

In an outstanding display of ruthless finishing, Liverpool Fc hammered the hosts Crystal Palace Fc 0-7 in the Premier League and head into Christmas on top of the Premier League 2020-21 table.

After recovering from his back spasm issue, Joël Matip returned for Liverpool Fc (The Reds) in time to face the hosts Crystal Palace Fc (The Eagles).

Jürgen Klopp decided not to make wholesale changes to the side that played in the Tottenham Hotspur Fc Home fixture.

Takumi Minamino and Naby Keïta were the few that were named in the starting line-up in place of the duo Mohamed Salah and Curtis Jones.

As part of the Squad Rotation, the Duo were given rest and named among the substitutes.

The Home side started better despite the Reds having majority of the possession.

Takumi Minamino opened the scoring for the Reds in the 3rd minute as a brilliant hold up from Sadio Mané found Minamino.

The Japanese International then slotted the ball past Vicente Guaita to the bottom left corner of the net.

Trent Alexander-Arnold did not have much support from Mané as the young Englishman had a torrid time dealing Eberechi Eze and Wilfried Zaha.

Keïta and Georginio Wijnaldum were harried out of possession at times.

The Reds should count themselves lucky as the home side had plenty of opportunities to score but were wasteful.

The Reds on the other hand were ruthless in their finishing as in the 35th minute Mané hammered the ball in to the bottom left corner of the net following a neat assist from Roberto Firmino.

Following a fast break, Andrew Robertson provided a brilliant cross that found Firmino and the Brazilian made it 0-3 for the Visitors with an immaculate finish by tapping the ball in to the bottom right corner of the net in 44th minute.

With the First Half ending at 0-3, the Home side will feel hard done by their poor finishing.   

Things went from bad to worse for the Eagles, as Jordan Henderson made it 0-4 with a curled shot to the top left corner of the net following a nice lay-up pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold in the 52nd minute.

Salah was brought on to replace Mané in the 57th minute.

The nightmare continued for the Home side as probing pass from Alexander-Arnold found Salah who then provided the perfect weighted pass to Firmino and the Brazilian scored the Goal from a tight angle with a delicate chip in to net.

Curtis Jones replaced Wijnaldum in the 69th minute and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain  replaced Firmino in the 75th minute.

All the harrowing memories of “Cry-stanbul” were banished by then as the Reds were comfortably winning 0-5.

Yet, the Goals did not end. In the 81st minute, Salah redirected header from Matip’s header made it 0-6 for the Reds after Alexander-Arnold took the Corner Kick.

Salah made 0-7 with a brilliant struck curled shot following an assist from Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Reds ended the Match with a record 0-7 away win over the hosts Eagles.

 

Reds Team Performance Ratings

Liverpool (4-3-3 Formation)

Defence:

Alisson Becker – 7: Quite match for the Brazilian but swept up when required. Surely would enjoyed the view of Reds ruthless finishing.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7: After a difficult First Half, the young Englishman stepped up and was much solid. Delivered some decent crosses in to the box and provided the assist that resulted in the Fourth Goal for the Reds.

Joël Matip – 8: Solid defending and calmly dealt with the Home Sides’s brief spell of attacks during the First Half. Won the header that resulted in the Sixth Goal for the Reds.

Fabinho – 9: Made several well timed challenges and interceptions. His positional sense and physicality was immaculate.

Andrew Robertson – 8: Besides providing the inch-perfect cross that resulted in the Third Goal, the Scot worked tirelessly both defensively and going forward.

Midfield:

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7: After an early torrid period during the First Half, the Dutchman’s energy and work rate helped the Reds to claw back in midfield tussle.

Jordan Henderson – 8: After a few wayward long rang passing, found his passing range. Shielded the team well and scored the fourth Goal.

Naby Keïta – 7: After getting troubled during early stages of the Game, the Guinean found his groove and played a crucial part in the build up of some of the Reds Goals.

Forwards:

Takumi Minamino – 8: Scored the opening Goal for the side that set the tone for the Match. Almost scored his Second Goal during the Second Half. Always looked sharp and threatening going forward.

Roberto Firmino – 9: Like Midas, (almost) whatever the Brazilian touched resulted or turned to Goal. Scored the brace and provided the assist that resulted in the Second Goal.

Sadio Mané – 8: Could have scored more, if the Senegalese International was not been substituted. Provided the assist that resulted in the opening Goal of the Match and scored the Second Goal of the Match.

Substitutes:

Mohamed Salah – 8: Like Firmino, scored the brace that included a brilliant curled effort and provided the assist.

Curtis Jones – N/A: Brought on to see off the Match and the youngster surely would have enjoyed the view of the Reds piling Goals ruthlessly.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – N/A: First Game after a lengthy absence due to injury and provided the assist that resulted in the Seventh Goal.

Coach:

Jürgen Klopp – 8: This is the third consecutive Season, the Reds head into Christmas on top of the table. The German Coach will be pleased by the overall performance of the Reds particularly Minamino.

The Japanese International justified his selection scoring his first Premier League Goal and was in thick of the action for most parts of the Game.

Besides banishing the record loss to the hosts Aston Villa Fc, today’s win marked the biggest away win in the Premier League for the Club without conceding.

 

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