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Liverpool beat Crystal Palace by 4-2

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Liverpool on Saturday beat Crystal Palace by 4 -2 and are level on points with Premier League leaders Manchester City.

The goals wee scored by Can (16′ minutes), Lovren (21′ minutes), Matip (44′ minutes), Firmino (71′ minutes) for Liverpool and McArthur (18′ minutes, 33′ minutes) scored double for Palace.

Liverpool’s defence remains a weakness, with Lovren twice allowing James McArthur to level before the break.

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It was a wonderfully entertaining match, with the opening 45 minutes particularly pleasing on the eye as defensive mishaps and attacking verve resulted in five goals – the most in a first half in the Premier League this season.

Indeed, the first three goals in a breathless encounter came within a hectic spell of five minutes and 45 seconds.Liverpool were mesmerising going forward with Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings once again with his wonderful passing.

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace by 4-2

“The first half was difficult on the sideline. We talked about putting them under pressure but in the first period we did not start well.

“We worked hard and defended well but we should have put more pressure on Liverpool. But they are a good team. Two set plays though, that is not us.

“We have to tighten up on that area. Our centre-backs are good but they got done. It is something we have to work on.

“In the second half, the game hinged on key moments. There were some penalty decisions which I thought were tight. We had a tight one last season with the same referee”- Alan Pardew said.

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace by 4-2

“In the first 15 minutes we were not really at 100% then in half an hour we created chance after chance. It was a close game and a deserved win at the end. I’m a very happy man.

“The defensive error we made for the first goal is because we are not at the limit of our concentration. The aggressiveness was not there at the start of the game. But I saw a lot of wonderful things offensively”- Jurgen Klopp said.