- Scott Dann bags second goal of the season in 82nd minute
- Liverpool suffers first loss since September 12
- Crystal Palace jumps over Everton, Liverpool into 8th
It might not be exactly how he dreamt as a little kid, but it’s close.
Liverpool native Scott Dann downed his hometown club and handed Jurgen Klopp his first loss as Reds manager with an 82nd-minute header that gave Crystal Palace all three points at Anfield and sent them above Merseyside clubs into 8th in the Premier League table.
With rain coming down, the game began in an open manner as Crystal Palace took the initiative and Liverpool showed a cutting edge as well.
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The Reds worked forward well on the ball, but they let Palace have a few openings, and the visitors took the initiative. Yannick Bolasie took a ball that Liverpool failed to clear on multiple occasions, and deposited it into the back of the net with an expert turn-and-shoot in the 21st minute.
Christian Benteke had a pair of chances on the half-hour mark, but couldn’t find the back of the net, heading well over on a good cross from above the box, and he fired inches wide moments later.
Liverpool would pull back level just three minutes before halftime as a beautiful team goal started with Jordan Ibe waiting on a run for Nathaniel Clyne, who crossed low to the far edge of the box to Countinho. That unlocked the Palace defense, and the Brazilian was open to strike home to even things at 1-1.
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The game had a vicious pace about it into the second half, and Bakary Sako had a moment for Palace in the Liverpool box but took too many touches and couldn’t get a shot off past the hour mark. Down the other end, Benteke should have scored when Adam Lallana found his head with a cross but the Belgian couldn’t keep it down.
Dann’s moment would come with just seven minutes remaining as a corner fell dangerously to the turf just in front of goal. It bounced up to the 28-year-old, and while his first header was saved, Simon Mignolet could not collect and it came back to Dann for a second attempt, which he buried.
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That put Crystal Palace through, and they jumped above Everton and Liverpool into 8th with 19 points, just one back of Southampton and two behind Spurs and West Ham. Liverpool had the opportunity to put themselves into 8th, but instead drop to 10th, level on 17 points with the Toffees.