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    Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace Report

    By Scott Hunt

    Crystal Palace maintained their impressive recent record against Liverpool by inflicting Jurgen Klopp’s first defeat as Reds boss with a 2-1 win at Anfield.

    Scott Dann’s header sealed the points for Alan Pardew’s side who took the lead through Yannick Bolasie before being pegged back by Philippe Coutinho just before half time.

    The Eagles claimed victory at Anfield in Steven Gerrard’s last appearance for Liverpool and did so again as the former England captain returned to his old home for the first time as a spectator.

    Palace are without doubt becoming a bogey team for Liverpool, having won four of their last six meetings in addition to a 3-3 draw back in 2014 that damaged the title chances of Brendan Rodgers’ side. They have now won twice at Anfield in 2015 after previously being winless away to Liverpool since 1991.

    Pardew praised the efforts of his team in the win and singled out the performance of matchwinner Scott Dann

    I thought it was a terrific game,” Pardew told his post match press conference.

    “We made the decision to take the game to Liverpool and got ourselves the first goal.

    “For 15, 20 minutes we forgot our game plan. We needed half time. Our ambition was rewarded with that late goal.

    “Problem with this team is it doesn't trust how good it can be. When we went toe-to-toe it was an even game. Needed to stay in that mode.

    “I think Scott had about 15 family members here today! His goal sums him up. You could see he was going to win that ball.

    “I think he's been underestimated throughout his career really.”

    Palace struck after 21 minutes when Bolasie latched onto a poor clearance from Emre Can to blast home from inside the area.

    More bad news came for Liverpool when they lost centre back Mamadou Sakho to a knee injury but they hit back from their tough start three minutes before half time. Adam Lallana flicked on Nathaniel Clyne’s cross at the near post and Coutinho was on hand to apply the first-time finish.

    Christian Benteke missed a couple of opportunities to put Liverpool ahead after the break, first firing a shot over the bar before heading a Moreno cross over.

    Palace dealt a hammer blow to the Anfield crowd eight minutes from time when Scott Dann headed the winner from a Yohan Cabaye corner.

    Bolasie played as a central striker due to Palace’s injury problems and he praised the tactics of his manager in earning the victory.

    "It's down to the gaffer's tactics," he told the club website.

    “He always gets it spot on against Liverpool. We know how to exploit their weaknesses. We've been working on it all week - knowing how we'll get our chances to score goals - and it's come off for us today.

    “We've been on a bumpy ride, but we've got our targets, and I think today three points was massive for us."

    Palace have now won ten games away from home in 2015 – a record that can only be bettered by Arsenal. The three points for Palace lifts them above Liverpool in the Premier League table and keeps them just five adrift of Manchester United in fourth.

    It was Klopp’s first defeat in his seven games as Liverpool manager and sees them drop to 10th in the table after the weekend’s results.

    The international break will come as a welcome chance for both sides to get some of their injured players fit again. When they return, Liverpool face a daunting trip to Premier League leaders Manchester City while Palace host struggling Sunderland in the Monday Night Football on the same weekend.

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