Clinical Liverpool decimate Clueless Crystal Palace 7 nil in a one-sided affair.
Outperformed, Outclassed, Outshone, Outdone, Outpaced or Outstripped!
Whichever adjective you chose, Crystal Palace were surely all but out of the game yesterday from the word go.
At Selhurst Park, the apex predator of English football, Liverpool systematically decimated its prey.
Truth be told, it was a blessing for the Eagles fans as they were not present in person to see the biggest thrashing their team received at home. Ever!
The bitter taste of defeat would have been a bit too much for them to digest, had they been in the stadium.
On the positive side, Liverpool’s unbeaten run extended to 10 games in the Premier League with this victory yesterday, after they had suffered a shock loss to Aston Villa which now almost seems a lifetime ago.
So, lets dig into how the Champions annihilated a demoralised Eagles outfit.
Domination was an understatement for the Reds in the first half
No Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah was on the bench, who’s complaining when we have an able replacement in young Takumi Minamino.
That’s right, remember this name as he will do wonders for Reds in the time to come.
Mark my words, as the Japanese sensation showed a glimpse of his enormous talent by getting the first in just the 3rd minute of the game. He buried a right foot in the bottom left corner of the net. His first goal in the Premier League.
The second for the Reds came in the 35th minute from absolutely nowhere. Crystal Palace had the attack covered before Senegalese superstar Sadio Mane produced a brilliant turnover at the edge of the circle after collecting a cross from fellow teammate Roberto Firmino to fire low and hard in the bottom left corner.
This was the Senegalese’s tenth goal against the Eagles.
The way Liverpool were attacking, a third was always on the cards. A beautiful cross from Andrew Robertson, helped Roberto Firmino just causally tip the ball in to give the Reds their third.
The Brazilian was amongst the goals again after the Spurs outing with the Crystal Palace goalkeeper, Vincente Guaita all at sea.
As the referee blew the half-time whistle, the score read Crystal Palace 0-3 Liverpool.
A broken-down Crystal Palace was inflicted with more misery in the second half
When the lion smells blood, he becomes even more lethal and everyone knows who the lion in English football is.
Seven minutes into the start of the second half, Liverpool got their fourth courtesy a superb strike from captain charismatic Jordan Henderson who curled the ball into the net from the edge of the box after a nice pass from Trent Alexander Arnold who unselfishly decided not to go for glory himself.
Minamino and Mane then had a chance to get a brace albeit both hitting it wide.
Roberto Firmino though was not to be denied his brace as he casually clipped the ball with his left foot over the Eagles keeper to put Liverpool five to the good in the 68th minute.
At this point, it seemed all too easy for Liverpool to score almost like a casual stroll in the park.
Further misery was still instore for Crystal Palace courtesy substitute Mohamed Salah who was more than keen to get his name on the score board.
And when Salah is keen, who can deny him?
The Egyptian netted a brace in the 81st and 84th minute to take the Reds 7 nil up and by this time the Eagles just had one thing to look forward to, the full-time whistle.
His second strike was simply beyond words, just wow!
When the referee called time, it seemed a big mountain of misery had eased off just a little on Crystal Palace with their dejected Manager Roy Hodgson contemplating what had gone wrong or should I say in the sea of wrongs was their any consolation to see a wave of right?
The score as the game ended read Crystal Palace 0 – 7 Liverpool.
Yes, make no mistake, that was the score line!
The champions had a put a show of what dreams are made of. Again.
Reds can consolidate their numero uno position heading into the festive season!
With the Merseyside club now sitting pretty scoring a massive 31 points as the table toppers heading into Christmas, they have a chance to consolidate their lead further with 3 fixtures lined up against the lesser teams, the likes of West Brom on Boxing Day followed by Newcastle and Southampton to finish the festive season.
I mean absolutely no disrespect in calling these teams lesser, as truth be told with the performance the Reds are displaying, it would be an outright shock to see them lose in any of these upcoming fixtures.
Until then, as we feel proud of achievements unparalleled, with glowing eyes, soaring expectations and a sentiment of happiness galore, my fellow Kopites and I say ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’