Liverpool once again makes a late comeback against Crystal Palace, with goals from Salah and Elliott, moving to the summit of the Premier League.
In a game where once again VAR controversy controlled the narrative, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool managed to squeeze by hardy Crystal Palace, claiming the top position in the EPL table prior to Arsenal’s clash with Aston Villa tonight.
The atmosphere at Selhurst Park wasn’t the best one, with fans being discontent wit the club’s recent results. Crystal Palace concluded their recent home game on Wednesday with a chorus of boos from fans, prompting manager Roy Hodgson to label them as “spoiled.”
The discontent continued in Saturday’s match, with the crowd directing their displeasure towards the officials after a VAR review led to the overturning of a Palace penalty. Referee Andy Madley reversed his decision after Will Hughes was judged to have committed a foul similar to Virgil van Dijk’s, bringing down Wataru Endo before Odsonne Edouard thought he had earned a penalty.
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Liverpool faced challenges of their own. Goalkeeper Alisson made a crucial save, denying Jefferson Lerma from point-blank range in a breakaway situation. Moments later, VAR was again in action, this time rescuing Liverpool as a potential foul in the box went unwhistled. The match continued, and Jean-Philippe Mateta converted a penalty in the 57th minute, giving Palace a deserved lead.
Jordan Ayew’s controversial dismissal in the 74th minute, for a second yellow card after a chop on Harvey Elliott, paved the way for Liverpool to equalize just 94 seconds later. Mohamed Salah scored the equalizer, marking his 200th goal for the club.
The game remained level until stoppage time when Liverpool’s third-choice keeper came off the bench. He was not to blame for Harvey Elliott’s powerful winner from the edge of the box. Liverpool won despite only one shot on target throughout the game. Alisson made a crucial save in the 100th minute.
With the result, Palace’s woes continues but Liverpool fans could temporarily rejoice in top spot honors before the all-important Arsenal and Aston Villa clash.