Liverpool lifted their Selhurst Park curse on Sunday when they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 in the Barclays Premier League.
After the high of the victory over Manchester City, Klopp decided to make just two changes and bough in Sakho and Moreno on for Clyne and Toure. The mid-field and the attacking line-up was pretty much the same and the first few minutes set the tone for the game.
It was an end to end start in London as both teams were trying to get an early goal but once both clubs settled in, it was looking like a game Liverpool will have to work hard to get anything from.
Alan Pardew set his side up to absorb pressure and hit on the counter with the likes of Adebayor, Bolasie and Zaha who tormented the Liverpool defense late in the first half.
But by the time the half time whistle was blown, Adebayor’s header on to the crossbar was the closest both teams came to scoring while Liverpool did not have a shot on target as yet.
The second half had a completely different story in store for us. After early exchanges, Ledley latched on to a cleared corner to thump home from the edge of the area to give the home side the lead yet again against Liverpool.
This followed by a senseless tackle from James Milner that saw him sent off as he picked up the first yellow in the first half. This was a huge blow for the club as they were a goal down and a man down.
It looked like it was all over for Liverpool until McCarthy gifted Firmino the ball after failing to clear his lines. The Brazilian kept his cool and bought Liverpool back into the game at 1-1 with 20 minutes to go.
It was ironic but Liverpool did not miss Milner who had nothing to give on the field in the first half. They looked a better team in the final third with Coutinho and Benteke thrown into the game by Klopp. They put the pressure on the home side in search for a second and it did finally arrive albeit in controversial fashion.
Into stoppage time, Benteke latched on to a ball from Lallana and took on Delaney inside the penalty box and went down for a challenge that was then adjudged as a penalty by the referee.
Though replays suggested that the contact was minimal, Delaney should have known better to not dive in like that in the last minute and he was made to pay as the big Belgian slotted home coolly from the spot and give Liverpool an un-likely victory at the Selhurst Park.
Coming back from behind with 10-men is never easy and it will give the team a lot of confidence going into the important games in the Europa League.
Liverpool stayed in the game right till the end and made sure that they give their everything and even though a controversial decision ruined the night for Palace, the Merseyside club should be lauded for their attitude..
Liverpool face Manchester United in their next game in the Round of 16 of the Europe League.