Liverpool do not like travelling to Selhurst Park and it looked like another of those days for the Kops when Alan Pardrew’s men took the lead against them in the FA Cup 5th round match. Freizer Campbell put Palace ahead and Alan Pardrew’s dream of replicating FA Cup success looked on.
Liverpool came strongly in the second half and scored two quick fire goals from Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana to ease their way in to the quarter finals of the FA Cup. It wasn’t a dominant performance from Brendan Rodgers’ team but they got the job done.
Post Liverpool’s win, we take a look at the key talking points from the game as the Reds await the draw for their Quarter Finals fixture next month.
Liverpool can win this season’s FA Cup
Liverpool have moved one step closer to winning this season’s FA Cup. Liverpool with their win at Selhurst Park have moved in to the quarter finals. On the same night, West Ham United and Stoke City (Liverpool’s bogey teams in recent season) were knocked out from the cup.
Only possible challenge for The Reds would come in form of Arsenal and Manchester United who face their share of tough ties and face the possibility of exiting the tournament. Brendan Rodgers has highlighted the importance of FA Cup success this season and with their win over Crystal Palace they are one step closer to a famous FA Cup triumph.
Crystal Palace defeated Crystal Palace on the night
Alan Pardrew had it all figured out in the first half against Liverpool. Palace set deep to frustrate Brendan Rodgers’ men and did not allow them any space to work with. Liverpool had greater share of the possession but Palace were the better side in the first half.
For some odd reason Alan Pardrew changed his tactics in the second half and decided to play the high pressing game and it cost his side big time. Pardrew’s tactics left palace open at the back and Liverpool took full advantage of the situation and scored two quick fire goals to seal their win.
Mario Balotelli is becoming influential coming off the bench
Mario Balotelli has not had a great start to his Liverpool career. Many asked for the Italian to be sold in January as he was deemed as a liability but Brendan Rodgers stuck with him and vowed to bring out the best from the Italian.
Balotelli seems to have turned the corners for Liverpool as for the second game running he was the difference as Liverpool managed to win the game. Balotelli scored the winning goal against Tottenham in the league and was an influential figure again as Liverpool came back from behind to beat Palace 2-1.
Balotelli was sent early in the second half by Brendan Rodgers to change the game and so he did. His presence up front allowed Sturridge and Lallana to play up freely and run behind Palace’s defence and it worked for Liverpool.
Stop criticising Simon Mignolet
Liverpool fans have been rather unkind on their goal keeper Simon Mignolet this season. Belgian goal keeper has been inconsistent this season but the fact cannot be ignored that he is only second to Frasor Forster in terms of most clean sheets in the league.
Mignolet was at his best against Crystal Palace when he stopped Dwight Gayle from doubling the lead for Palace. Gayle’s shot took a wicked deflection but Mignolet was on his guards to prevent Liverpool from going 2-0 down and perhaps we could have seen a different result.
Alberto Moreno CAN’T dance .. At least for now
Daniel Sturridge with his self-choreographed has the most iconic Goal celebration in the game right now. Alberto Moreno decided to join in the act when he shared the stage with Sturridge and tried to shake his leg, but safe to say “he failed BIG TIME”.
Take a look at Moreno’s dance here :
Moreno’s attempt at dancing was the most light hearted moment of the game. Moreno would look to better his efforts and we can expect to see Moreno join in with Sturridge in upcoming matches as well and perhaps he will get better at it.
Image Credits: Liverpoolecho, BBC