By Shawn Dennis
When you watch the highlights of Liverpool’s away match against Fulham last Sunday, a hand began to hover above the panic button. What arguably should’ve been a defeat for Liverpool was luckily turned into a tie as Mo Salah buried a PK in the 79th minute to squeak out a point. However, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp bounced his team back with a massive 2-1 home victory over their top-ranked rivals Tottenham. As impressive and necessary as that win was to provide reassurance that this team wasn’t falling apart, Liverpool went above and beyond with a beat down against Crystal Palace.
Not only was this win for Liverpool the best of the season thus far, the style and contributing factors to how they netted a whopping 7-goals should put the rest of the league on notice that the champs aren’t going anywhere.
With Takumi Minamino getting the rare start at right wing over Salah, he showed his ability to step up when needed by scoring his first goal in the Premier League just 2 minutes after the opening whistle blew. Sadio Mané followed up in the 35th minute with a much-needed score, getting his first goal in over 10 games. Everything was clicking on both sides of the ball for Liverpool in the first half and the most important fact to note is that neither their best offensive or defensive player were in the game as Virgil van Dijk has been injured and Salah was on the bench.
In the second half, they showed no signs of slowing down. Captain Jordan Henderson whipped in a beautiful goal with a perfect lay-up from Trent Alexander-Arnold just six minutes after halftime. Where Liverpool has been a bit weary in the latter half of games, they were absolutely dominant against CP. Having 70 more passes than their average and adding in their 4th clean sheet this season, everything was going Liverpool’s way.
Last and most importantly, Mo Salah still managed to score twice and his second goal was a complete masterpiece. This is the fifth game in a row that he’s scored and the two-time Golden Boot winner is on track to get his third. He’s currently leading the league with 13 goals.
If Liverpool continues running on all-cylinders and everyone stays healthy, you might as well give them the trophy now.