Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool| Reverse Fixture

The final game of the season against Crystal Palace is coming up on Sunday, so let's take a look back at the previous fixture against the two sides.
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Liverpool go into the final game of the season in a winners take all situation. If Liverpool win the game they more than likely qualify for the Champions League, unless Leicester City score loads of goals and beat Tottenham in the process.

The previous game against the two sides was very eventful to say the least and a lot of fans thought it was going to be the start of our title push after the result. It will be former Liverpool and current Palace manager Roy Hodgson's last game in England, hopefully he won't spoil the party in front of the 10,000 Anfield faithful.

So let's take a look at how the last game against Crystal Palace went at Selhurst park on December 19th 2020.

Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Roy Hodgson

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson with his players

Liverpool came into this game full of confidence after beating second place Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield to stay top of the League. It was looking like Jurgen Klopp's men were heavy favourites going into the game against 12th place Crystal Palace.

When the line-up came out everyone noticed the same thing - that Mohamed Salah had been dropped from the starting 11 and Japanese international Takumi Minamino had replaced him. 

However, Takumi did not disappoint and in the third minute he received the ball from Sadio Mane and after some nice close footwork he fired the ball into the net giving Liverpool an early lead and repaying Jurgen Klopp's trust to start him.

Takumi Minamino on the ball in a Champions League match for Liverpool.

Takumi Minamino on the ball in a Champions League match for Liverpool.

Then in the 23rd minute, Crystal Palace had a counter attack. After a poor defensive header from Fabinho, Jordan Ayew was in on goal and tried to square it to Wilfred Zaha but played the ball too far behind the Crystal Palace winger.

In the 35th minute after a scramble on the edge of the Crystal Palace box, Roberto Firmino played the ball to Sadio Mane who turned fantastically and blasted it past Vicente Guaita.

Just before halftime in the 44th minute, Andrew Robertson was doing his typical bolting down the left wing and played a delicious ball into the box finding Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian controlled it sensationally, killing the pace on the ball with his first touch and guiding it into the Palace net. An amazing team goal by Liverpool on the counter attack with some Brazilian and Scottish magic in the buildup. 

The second half continued in the same fashion as the first half. In the 52nd minute Naby Keita played a brilliant first time ball to Trent Alexander-Arnold who cushioned it for skipper Jordan Henderson to fire the ball into the net from the edge of the box.

Jordan Henderson limps off after injury against Everton

Jordan Henderson walking off the pitch at Anfield

Mohamed Salah entered the pitch in the 57th minute replacing Sadio Mane, who wasn't happy to be replaced. It didn't take long for Salah to make an impact on the game either as just 10 minutes later he slotted Roberto Firmino in who dinked the keeper to get Liverpool's 5th goal of the game.

Salah's night was just starting though because in the 81st minute he grabbed his first goal of the day from a corner after Joel Matip layed it off to him and Salah headed it past Guaita.

The goals didn't end there though because Liverpool were hungry for more. The man of the moment Salah decided he wanted one more goal at Selhurst Park and after receiving that ball on the edge of the box in the 84th minute he curled an absolute beauty into the top left corner and was the pick of the bunch for the seven goals Liverpool scored against Palace.

Jurgen Klopp's men will be hoping they can emulate that performance again on Sunday with Liverpool having to win and have a better goal difference than Champions League rivals Leicester City.