Liverpool lay down a marker in the title race ahead of busy festive period to go top of the table for Christmas, with a commanding success at Crystal Palace
Liverpool came to Selhurst Park after an impressive win against Tottenham Hotspur at home and were looking to banish their away blues when they faced Crystal Palace. Jurgen Klopp’s men came out on top with a thumping 7-0 success, which was their biggest away win in the Premier League for more than 100 years.
Takumi Minamino and Jordan Henderson were on target once each, whereas Sadio Mane also broke his duck of scoreless games when he hit a fine goal in the first half. Roberto Firmino also scored twice whereas Mohamed Salah impressed once again, this time coming off the bench- with an assist and two goals in a cameo which lasted just over half an hour.
Here is a look at the three talking points from the thumping Liverpool win.
LIVERPOOL FORWARDS FINALLY BEGIN TO FIRE
After nine games without a goal, Sadio Mane found the net against the side he has scored most again. A seventh game in a row against Crystal Palace saw the Senegalese on the scoresheet, ending his longest run of not scoring since joining the Reds.
He played well in general, causing problems down the flank, making a few runs to open counters, and scoring that crucial second goal when the Reds had been under pressure.
Roberto Firmino’s touch and link-up play was great. He was in fine form scoring twice, and now has scored thrice in his last two league outings.
All goals were assisted by a different player, which is the first time that seven different names have assisted goals for one team in a Premier League match. Mohamed Salah also scored twice and assisted one goal to make a league-best attacking record for a substitute.