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Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace

Scott Dann
Victory for Crystal Palace meant they moved above Liverpool in the league

Jurgen Klopp suffered his first loss as Liverpool manager, seeing his side beaten by Crystal Palace at Anfield.

Defender Scott Dann nodded in the 82nd-minute winner, reacting quickest after Simon Mignolet parried his header.

The visitors took the lead in the first half through winger Yannick Bolasie, who swivelled inside the box to fire in after the Reds failed to clear.

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Philippe Coutinho curled in Liverpool's leveller three minutes before half-time following Adam Lallana's flick.

But Liverpool-born Dann then inflicted a first defeat in 13 matches for the Reds, who were watched by former captain Steven Gerrard.

Palace moved above their hosts - and Liverpool's city rivals Everton - into eighth place in the Premier League, having ended a four-match winless run.

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Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace: 'Terrific' Palace pleases Alan Pardew

In the the 2013-14 campaign, when the Reds were in the hunt for their first league title since 1990, Palace came back from 3-0 down by scoring three times in the last 11 minutes to dent their championship hopes.

Last season, the Eagles spoiled Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard's farewell appearance at Anfield, winning 3-1 as they completed a league double over their opponents.

This time, boss Klopp experienced his first defeat in seven games since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.

And, although Liverpool dominated possession and territory, Palace held firm defensively and posed a threat on the attack through the pace of Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha and Jason Puncheon.

Palace quick out of the traps

With Liverpool returning from a near 5,000-mile round-trip at Russian side Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday, Eagles boss Pardew spoke to his players about the importance of making a fast start at Anfield to take advantage of any lethargy in the limbs.

And it looked like the travelling had taken its toll on the home side in the early exchanges.

The Reds made a slow start to the game as Palace pressed high and attacked with speed. The Eagles had 63% possession in the opening 20 minutes, making it count as Bolasie drilled in a finish after some sloppy Reds defending.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Alan Pardew spoke of the need for Palace to start quickly, and the visitors dominated the first 20 minutes

Liverpool unable to make dominance count

Liverpool eventually picked up the tempo, equalising shortly before the interval through Coutinho.

The Brazilian ran onto Nathaniel Clyne's right-wing cross inside the Palace area, bending the ball past Wayne Hennessey for his third goal in two matches.

It was a deserved leveller based on the pattern of play following Bolasie's opener, but the Reds were unable to push on and force a second-half winner.

Reds striker Christian Benteke came close with a header and, moments after Dann's goal, Hennessey denied Coutinho from the edge of the area with a fingertip save.

But, in truth, Liverpool did not test the Wales keeper enough. The Reds had almost 65% possession over the 90 minutes, but only managed to hit the target with four of their 22 attempts.

Former Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who is expected to train with the Reds again next year, watched from the Anfield stands

Man of the match - Wilfried Zaha

Wilfried Zaha
Palace winger Zaha may not have scored, but his all-round performance was described by Pardew as his "best performance" for the club as he covered almost 11km

Manager reaction

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "Today is a bad feeling - it was not necessary to lose this game. We were the better team but for the first 15 minutes we were not on the pitch. We got the goal, we were awake, we started creating chances.

"But after the break, we gave them chances to cause us problems. Then we woke up again but couldn't make a goal. It feels so bad because it was not necessary. This was not enough for us - we can do more. We have to learn from this."

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew: "We came here with ambition. The worst thing that happened to us was scoring, we then lost the ambition. Liverpool came on to us.

"We went toe-to-toe against Manchester United and got a draw, we went toe-toe toe with Liverpool and got the win.

"Sometimes it is about our own belief. We have been unlucky in the last few games. We have started really well this year. We need to make sure we capitalise on that."

Stats of the day

  • Alan Pardew played in Palace's first league win at Anfield in 1991 and has managed the side to their two other wins there in 2015
  • Philippe Coutinho has scored as many goals in his last two appearances under Jurgen Klopp as he did in his final 17 under Brendan Rodgers
  • Palace have won 10 away games in the Premier League in 2015, only Arsenal (11) have more
  • Liverpool had 13 first-half shots. Only Arsenal have recorded more in a Premier League game this season (14, also against Palace)

What's next?

The international break. But when Klopp's squad returns they must regroup for a trip to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Saturday, 21 November.

Palace return to action a couple of days later, hosting second-bottom Sunderland at Selhurst Park on Monday, 23 November.

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2ClyneBooked at 76mins
  • 37Skrtel
  • 17SakhoSubstituted forLovrenat 40'minutes
  • 18Moreno
  • 23CanSubstituted forFirminoat 65'minutes
  • 21Lucas
  • 33IbeSubstituted forOrigiat 87'minutes
  • 20Lallana
  • 10Coutinho
  • 9Benteke

Substitutes

  • 6Lovren
  • 11Firmino
  • 24Allen
  • 27Origi
  • 32Brannagan
  • 34Bogdan
  • 53J Teixeira

Crystal Palace

  • 13Hennessey
  • 34Kelly
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 23SouaréBooked at 67mins
  • 7CabayeSubstituted forMutchat 87'minutes
  • 18McArthur
  • 11Zaha
  • 42PuncheonBooked at 56minsSubstituted forLedleyat 79'minutes
  • 10Bolasie
  • 26SakoSubstituted forWickhamat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 4Hangeland
  • 8Bamford
  • 21Wickham
  • 22Mutch
  • 28Ledley
Referee:
Neil Swarbrick
Attendance:
44,115

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home22
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home14
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 2.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Adam Lallana (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Damien Delaney.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Jordon Ibe.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jordon Mutch replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Attempt saved. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Leiva.

Goal!

Goal! Liverpool 1, Crystal Palace 2. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a corner.

Attempt saved. Scott Dann (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Yohan Cabaye with a cross.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Alberto Moreno.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Joe Ledley replaces Jason Puncheon.

Foul by Christian Benteke (Liverpool).

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Booking

Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Scott Dann.

Attempt blocked. Roberto Firmino (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt blocked. Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

Attempt saved. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by James McArthur.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Christian Benteke.

Offside, Liverpool. Nathaniel Clyne tries a through ball, but Roberto Firmino is caught offside.

Booking

Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordon Ibe (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pape Souaré (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Roberto Firmino replaces Emre Can.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Connor Wickham replaces Bakary Sako.

goal

As It Stood

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8Crystal Palace126151412219
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