The humiliation of Crystal Palace at their backyard, Selhurst Park, started very early in the game through Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino. Minamino 3rd minute goal marked the first time he netted a Premier League goal since he joined the club in December 2019.
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The demolition continued in the 35th minute through the boots of the club’s talisman Sadio Mane. Less than 10 minutes later, Roberto Firmino made it 3-0 in the 44th minute.
The club’s captain, Jordan Henderson made it 4-0 in the 52nd minute and Firmino returned to the scoresheet in the 68th minute to make it 5-0 for Liverpool. Mohamed Salah joined the goal-scoring party late in the game. The Egyptian striker scored in the 81st minute to make it 6-0. Three minutes late, he returned to the scoresheet to make it 7-0.
Unfortunately for Crystal Palace, the players could not respond to the firepower of their visitors as they only succeeded in ensuring that Liverpool didn’t score more than 7 goals in the one-sided game.
At the end of the day, the win established Liverpool on the first spot with 31 points in 14 league games. The reigning Premier League champions have now won a total of 9 games, drawn 4, and lost 1 so far this season.
While the defeat has successfully placed Crystal Palace on the 12th spot on the league table with 18 points in 14 league games. They have now recorded 5 wins, 2 draws, and 6 defeats so far this season.
“The boys did well, it was really difficult to play against us today, I would say”, Klopp said. “And then today they all wore their finishing boots it looked like, and when you have that it is tricky. That’s the reason for the result.
“That didn’t happen for us before and unfortunately it will not happen a lot, but it’s a funny season – we lost 7-2 and now we won 7-0, so at least we could cancel out a little bit of the goal difference.
“It was hard work as well [as ruthless finishing]. We had a lot of calm in the moments. They had their moments, 100 percent, but our finishing in the first half was clinical.
“I’m not thinking the game is finished at half-time. We had to stay concentrated. That was the challenge. We controlled the game and scored wonderful goals.
“It clicked today. The boys should be proud of.”
Crystal Palace manager Hodgson admits that Liverpool humiliated the club.
The manager of Crystal Palace Roy Hodgson has described the 7-0 defeat in the hands of Liverpool as a humiliation and called it a new experience for most people at Palace.
“We’re humiliated by the result, there’s no question of that”, he said. “We take it very badly and most of us in the dressing room has not been on the end of a 7-0 defeat before so it’s a new experience.
“Quite frankly, I can’t think of anything positive to say at all. We just have to come over it, there’s no point in dwelling on it any longer than we have to, we have to learn some lessons from it and I’m sure we will.
“I don’t know that there was any vast difference [between Tottenham last weekend and Liverpool on Saturday] in our attitude, desire, our wanting to do well. We were 3-0 down at the half time and came out in the second half trying hard to get that goal back to give us some hope, but they got it instead. As a result, you do have a mountain to climb then and we couldn’t climb it.”