Anfield outfit Liverpool lost a chance to consolidate their place in the top-4 in the points table as they failed to take even a point from their game against Crystal Palace at home on Sunday.

The Reds started the game on a positive note, thanks to a sumptuous free-kick from Philippe Coutinho in the first quarter of the game but Liverpool failed to do much else as Palace ran away with all three points.

Former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke picked up a brace on the night in either half as he put more goals in against Liverpool than when he was playing at Anfield.

The brace from Benteke means that Liverpool have lost three consecutive matches at Anfield in the league against the same opponent for the first time in over 15 years.

This game also represented Sam Allardyce’s first even victory at Anfield as Crystal Palace continued their march up the points table.

The Reds will rue the fact that they could not create much on the night and the manager felt the same.

Speaking to the media after the game, Jurgen Klopp felt that Liverpool failed to break Palace down consistently enough to win the game.

Klopp said: “I had to say a few words to the boys. I know what everyone is saying, that we have to win it, do this and that. Crystal Palace are a good side but we dominated the game, that was clear.”

“We had very good moments. It is not easy to create chance and chance and chance.”

Klopp sounded a bit down and said that though his side tried everything they could, it was just not their day.

“Today it was a defeat and makes sense for me to say a few words.”

“We were not at our best. We tried everything – changing systems – but it didn’t work that well because we had a bit of nerves. There are games to play and we will be ready,” he added.

Liverpool are still third in the points table, but just two points off Manchester City and just three off Manchester United with both clubs having a couple of games in hand.

However, Klopp was confident that his side can get the work done and stressed on the fact that the remaining fixtures in the league are very important.

“It feels harsh & frustrating. We have to strike back. If we want to go to the Champions League, we have to win our next games,” Klopp added.

Liverpool play Watford in the next round away from home.

 

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