Salah and Elliott send Liverpool top with late turnaround

9 Dec 2023
Premier League - Crystal Palace v Liverpool

Egyptian's 150th Premier League goal and substitute's stoppage-time strike earn 2-1 win at Crystal Palace

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Liverpool went top of the Premier League table thanks to late goals from Mohamed Salah and Harvey Elliott that enabled them to come from behind to earn a 2-1 win at 10-man Crystal Palace.

It was the fifth time the Reds had come from behind to win this season, extending their unbeaten record against Palace to 13 Premier League games.

How the match unfolded

Jurgen Klopp made five changes to his starting XI, the most he’s made this season, with Alisson back after recovering from injury. Roy Hodgson brought in Will Hughes for Michael Olise and Nathaniel Clyne for the injured Tyrick Mitchell.

The first half was a cagey affair. Liverpool struggled to break down a resolute Palace team, whose 53 passes completed was their joint-lowest such total for an opening half in 20 years.

The only shot on target came from Palace in the 27th minute. Jordan Ayew drove down the right and whipped in a cross that found Jefferson Lerma at the back post, but the midfielder’s shot was brilliantly saved by Alisson before the ball hit the post and was cleared. 

Alisson save v CRY
Alisson made an incredible save to deny Jefferson Lerma in the first half

Two minutes later, Palace were awarded a penalty after Wataru Endo was robbed of the ball and Virgil van Dijk brought down Odsonne Edouard who was through on goal. But the spot-kick was overturned after a VAR review found that Hughes had fouled Endo in the build-up.

At half-time both managers made changes as Liverpool replaced Endo with Joe Gomez and Palace replaced Edouard with Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Mateta got straight into the action, winning a penalty after being fouled by Jarell Quansah, who was making only his second start. The decision to award the spot-kick came after a VAR review one minute 45 seconds after the foul.

Palace penalty v Liverpool
Referee Andy Madley reviews Jarell Quansah's foul on Jean-Philippe Mateta that resulted in a penalty

The French forward stepped up and sent Alisson the wrong way to give Palace the lead on 57 minutes.

In the 74th minute Ayew was sent off for a second yellow after fouling Elliott on the counter-attack.

Liverpool equalised 98 seconds later. Cody Gakpo’s cross led to a scramble in the box and the ball fell kindly to Salah, who scored with a deflected shot.

It was his 200th goal in a Liverpool shirt and his 150th in the Premier League, entering him into the top 10 goalscorers list, alongside Michael Owen.

Ten seconds into 10 minutes of added time Elliott gave the Reds the lead. Salah laid off the ball to the substitute who drove forward and released a powerful shot beating substitute 'keeper Remi Matthews.

Palace applied some late pressure but were unable to stop Liverpool increasing their points won from losing positions to 18, sending them top with 37 points. Palace remain 14th on 16 points. 

Next five Premier League fixtures

Race for title

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
1 Liverpool LIV 26 +38 60
2 Man City MCI 26 +33 59
3 Arsenal ARS 26 +39 58
4 Aston Villa AVL 26 +21 52
Full table
Key facts

- Liverpool have won 67 per cent of their Premier League games at Crystal Palace (10/15), their highest win percentage among teams they’ve played more than 10 times on the road in the competition.
- Liverpool have won four matches in the Premier League this season having conceded the first goal, more than any other team in 2023/24 and one more than the three they managed in the whole of last season.
- Palace have lost four consecutive Premier League home games under one manager for the first time since a run of six-straight defeats under Alan Pardew in March 2016.
- Jurgen Klopp has won 13 of his 17 Premier League meetings with Palace (D2 L2). Against no side does he have more league wins in his managerial career.


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