Liverpool stop the Palace riot and reduce the difference with Manchester City

LONDON: Liverpool had to withstand an enthusiastic uprising in the second half at Crystal Palace before winning 3-1 on Sunday and narrowing the gap with English Premier League leaders Manchester City to 9 points. The visiting team started the match in superb way and Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson missed two chances before unmarked Virgil van Dijk brought Liverpool in advantage with a powerful header from a corner. Liverpool double up before half-time when the ball ends with Robertson after a series of superb passes, and left-back crosses for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who controls the ball and puts it in net. Palace appeared in different way in the second half and repeatedly penetrated the Liverpool defense, when Conor Gallagher headed a ball that passed in front of the goal, then goalkeeper Alison Becker saved Odson Edward’s attempt with the heel of his foot from close range . Palace narrowed the difference after ten minutes of the second half when Jeffrey Schlub switched to Jean-Philippe Mateta in the Liverpool defenders, and quest’last sends the ball to Edouard to score into an empty net. And winger Michael Oliseh nearly equalized the score for the hosts when he ran behind Liverpool’s defense in the 83rd minute before shooting with his left foot on Alisson, but the Brazilian goalkeeper quickly returned to his door to block the ball in corner. Palace continued to press for the equalizer, but the match was settled when Liverpool won a penalty after a lengthy video review due to a foul by goalkeeper Vicente Guetta against Diogo Jota, and Fabinho managed to score from the penalty spot. Liverpool upped the score to 48 points, nine points behind City, happy with a 1-1 draw against Southampton on Saturday. Palace is 13th and has 24 points. (Reuters)