Liverpool kicked off their game and had control for most parts of the first half. But, the control was totally nullified when Andres Townsend slotted the ball behind Alisson Becker from close range to give the visitors a surprise lead.
However, the men in red were desperate to turn around, thanks to a great half time team talk from Jurgen Klopp. The moment Crystal Palace kicked off the second half, Liverpool stamped their authority. Liverpool’s record signing Virgil Van Dijk hit one shot which ricochets off Kouyate and Salah grasped the opportunity to score the goal from close range with excellent control just 56 seconds into the second half.
The home side lead for the first time when Roberto Firmino took a shot which beat Julian Speroni comfortably seven minutes later. The game was full of surprises. Just when Liverpool thought they had control of the game, Paul Tomkins headed the ball from the corner to level the score.
However, that equalizer was wiped out soon, thanks to a blunder for Crystal Palace shot-stopper Julian Speroni who did not have much conviction with the ball and spilt it. Mohamed Salah made it two for the night with yet another tap-in. In the counter-attack, Sadio Mane killed the game by extending the lead to two goals.
Midfielder Max Meyer was the next goalscorer, but it was more or less a consolation for the visitors at the end. It was a mad game, and the most surprising thing was the Reds defence did not look with total conviction tonight.
With this victory, Jurgen Klopp’s reds go seven points ahead of Manchester City who will play their game on Sunday against Huddersfield Town.
This is how Twitter reacted to the game.
P A S S I O N 👊 pic.twitter.com/A0ZccOGxJy
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 19, 2019
Mohamed Salah has now scored his 50 Premier League goals in 72 appearances.
48 in 58 for Liverpool.
— The Tactical Times Social (@TactTimesSocial) January 19, 2019
Salah says it means something to reach 50 Premier League goals, but says: “I’m looking forward more to getting to the 50 with Liverpool because I got two with Chelsea.” #LFC
— David Maddock (@MaddockMirror) January 19, 2019
— Djimi Traore (@Djimi_Traore19) January 19, 2019
Liverpool lead through possibly the closest tap-in in the history of football from Salah.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 19, 2019
⚽ Sadio Mane has scored in each of Liverpool’s last 4 meetings against Crystal Palace.
He’s scored more PL goals against Palace than any other team – now 7 in 9 appearances pic.twitter.com/AArMEoI3wT
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) January 19, 2019
Liverpool go 7 points clear at the top, for the next 24 hours at least. Relief inside Anfield. What a game!
— Oliver Bond (@Oliver__Bond) January 19, 2019
Liverpool fans for most of that game. pic.twitter.com/ZqkhUSkd3A
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) January 19, 2019
This is the 3rd time Liverpool have come from 1-0 down at HT to beat Palace under Klopp. Massive 3 points. https://t.co/X9QXT8izuU
— Joel Rabinowitz (@joel_archie) January 19, 2019
That’s a proper test of Liverpool’s title credentials. Ridiculous amount of pressure on them to turn the game on it’s head, and that’s exactly what they did.
Form of champions, that.
— Ben Webb (@BenWebbLFC) January 19, 2019