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Klopp condemns Liverpool’s performance against Palace: For 76 minutes it was really bad

Jurgen Klopp expressed dissatisfaction with his team’s performance for the majority of the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

The match seemed poised for a surprise result, with Jean-Philippe Mateta putting the hosts ahead from the penalty spot. However, Liverpool turned the tide after Jordan Ayew’s red card, with Mohamed Salah scoring his 200th goal for the club to equalize before Harvey Elliott’s individual brilliance secured the win, allowing Liverpool to surpass Arsenal at the top of the table.

While Liverpool emerged victorious from a challenging venue, Klopp conceded that his team did not perform at their best for the majority of the 90 minutes.

“Today was not a really good day. For 76 minutes it was really bad. We didn’t have enough accelerations, there was no timing, I don’t know how many times offside. It was horrendous. So that’s always a sign that we were a bit too passive. One player has passed the ball and the other is already there,” he said.

“In the beginning, because Palace were not extremely high on confidence, it didn’t really go for us. They could have had a penalty in the first half. I didn’t see the situation back so I don’t know exactly what the situation was.

“Then we conceded through the penalty. It looked a little bit like we needed that today. Then they got the red card, which all helped. That’s why I say we were lucky as well. But from 76 to 105 minutes, that was really good. We all know that against 10 men, we can have problems but we really turned the game around.”

Liverpool is positioning itself as a strong contender for the title following a late comeback in London, with their only league loss being the controversial stoppage-time defeat to Tottenham. The team has shown resilience and character by securing 18 points from losing positions and scoring 14 goals in the last 15 minutes of matches this season.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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