Liverpool produced a goal fest to demolish Crystal Palace by seven goals and extend their lead at the top to six points. Six different players scored for the Reds as Guaita, the man of the match against Tottenham couldn’t produce a single save against Liverpool’s deadly finishers.
The defending champions took the lead as early in the 3rd minute after Minamino drilled his effort into bottom-left corner through Mane’s layoff. The Eagles missed a glorious chance to level the score when Ayew decided not to shoot on a one-on-one situation with Alisson, and his pass to pick out Zaha went wayward.
Liverpool doubled their lead in the 35th minute through Sadio Mane, who collected Firmino’s pass and turned quickly to gain a yard’s space from Clyne and slam home his finish beyond Guaita. Crystal Palace defenders were left frustrated as an unmarked Firmino scored Liverpool’s third after collecting Robertson’s cross and flicked it nonchalantly past Guaita.
Liverpool started the second half exactly in the same manner as first, as Henderson’s first time finish into the far corner put the game well and beyond Crystal Palace’s reach. The Reds continued to create chances as the Eagles couldn’t get a foothold in the game with every passing minute. The rampant Reds soon scored their fifth goal through Firmino after the Brazilian lifted the ball over Guaita from a tight angle to score his second of the evening.
Salah, who was introduced late on in the game piled more misery on Crystal Palace by scoring twice in the final ten minutes of the game. The Egypt international scored his first from a close range header after a deep corner was headed down by Matip. The second was a thing of beauty, as the Liverpool forward collected the ball at the edge of the box and cut inside van Aanholt to curl his effort into the top corner.