Crystal Palace vs Liverpool final score, highlights and result as Salah’s 200th Reds goal inspires fightback

Liverpool shook off their frustration over another early Saturday Premier League kickoff to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win at Crystal Palace, as Mohamed Salah netted his 200th Reds goal.

Jurgen Klopp raged against the fixture schedule prior to this trip to Selhurst Park and the visitors struggled for momentum against Roy Hodgson’s hosts.

Despite their own recent run of poor form, Palace responded to the challenge of upsetting the odds, with the returning Alisson keeping Liverpool in the game either side of the break.

VAR controversy again reared its head, as Jean-Philippe Mateta coolly slotted home from the penalty spot after Jarell Quansah’s foul was penalised following a long delay.

Klopp turned to his bench to flip the script before referee Andy Madley controversially sent off Jordan Ayew for a second yellow card and Salah seized his chance.

Curtis Jones’ sharpness inside the box teed up Salah to slam home his 150th Premier League goal via a big deflection, but the winner belonged to substitute Harvey Elliott, who lashed home to break Palace hearts and potentially move Hodgson towards a pre-Christmas exit.

MORE: English Premier League table 2023/24: Updated EPL standings 

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool final score

  Final Score Goal scorers
Crystal Palace 1 Mateta (P)
Liverpool 2 Salah, Elliott

Starting lineups:

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1, right to left): Johnstone (Matthews, 87) (GK) — Ward, Anderson, Guehi, Clyne — Richards, Lerma (Olise, 68) – Schlupp (Ahamada, 86), Hughes (Ozoh, 90+5), Ayew – Edouard (Mateta, 46).

Liverpool (4-3-3, right to left): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Quansah (Konate, 60), Van Dijk, Tsimikas — Szoboszlai (Jones, 72), Endo (Gomez, 46), Gravenberch (Gakpo, 60) — Salah, Nunez (Elliott, 72), Diaz.

Record-breaker Salah confident over Liverpool title challenge

Liverpool’s first ever Premier League title win in 2020 ended decades of frustration for Reds fans who had grown up watching rivals Manchester United —  and latterly Manchester City — dominate the top flight.

Klopp’s side achieved their crown within the muted Premier League atmosphere of the Covid-19 pandemic, as Salah ended the campaign as top scorer with 19 goals.

Fast forward to 2023, and the Egyptian is the sole survivor from Klopp’s front three that fired them to the Premier League trophy, with the departing Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino now playing in the lucrative Saudi Pro League.

Despite being linked with a switch to join his old pals in the Middle East, Salah is relishing his leadership role in Klopp’s attempt at a Liverpool 2.0 in 2023/24.

New faces in defence and midfield find themselves struggling to match the names that previously flanked Salah, but there is a renewed verve and unpredictability about Liverpool this season and Salah believes 2024 could be special.

“We have the mentality to keep fighting until the end,” he told TNT Sports. “We have a new team now because there’s six or seven new players. We need to give them advice. They’re learning a lot and they’re really nice. We can do something special this year.”

Referee frustration as Hodgson stands on brink of Palace exit

The cruel ruthlessness of Premier League football was laid bare for Hodgson and Palace in the closing stages as Liverpool eventually swept to victory.

The jubilation for Elliott and Salah was contrasted with the anger and justified criticism from Hodgson at fulltime.

Nine yellow cards and the dismissal of Ayew irked the former Liverpool boss, who knows all too well the reality of where his future could be heading.

Ayew’s early exit undoubtedly swung the momentum in Liverpool’s favour, and decisions like that can have a knock-on effect, with Hodgson’s job on the line after four defeats in their past five Premier League games.

“I’ve been in football a long time. Games like today make me realise when I come to leave it behind I won’t be missing it,” he said.

“I don’t feel positive, I’m just gutted.”

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool highlights

FULL TIME: CRYSTAL PALACE 1 LIVERPOOL 2!

Salah hits 200 Liverpool goal mark and Jurgen Klopp’s side secure another Premier League fightback this season!

Roy Hodgson will be frustrated with Jordan Ayew’s late dismissal but the Reds power off the bench proved decisive to send Liverpool top of the Premier League table!

90+10 mins: WHAT A SAVE!

Olise with a deep free kick into the Liverpool box and Alisson produces a superb save from Anderson’s header!

90+8 mins: Joachim Anderson is booked as Palace look to try and find something in the final minutes.

90+4 mins: Diaz has the ball in the back of the Palace net but the flag is immediately up for offside.

90+2 mins: ELLIOTT PUTS LIVERPOOL 2-1 UP!!

Salah feeds the Reds substitute 25 yards from goal, he steps away from Mateta, and FIRES home!

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90 mins: TEN MINUTES ADDED ON!

86 mins: More concern for Hodgson as keeper Sam Johnstone is forced off injured! Elliott tries to find an angle for a strike but he fires over!

80 mins: Hodgson is the next Palace booking by Madley…..a CRUCIAL ten minutes incoming!

77 mins: SALLLLLLLAH EQUALISES FOR LIVERPOOL!

Liverpool immediately punish the ten men of Palace! Substitute Jones does brilliantly to keep a cross alive inside the box and Salah fires home the leveller!

200 goals for Liverpool and 150 Premier League goals for the sensational Salah!

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75 mins: RED CARD FOR PALACE!

Ayew is dismissed for a second yellow card after catching Elliott! Huge chance for Liverpool now!

72 mins: Into the final 20 minutes as Palace look to dig in and van Dijk heads wide from a corner. Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones are on for Liverpool.

68 mins: Lerma is down and will not be carrying on for Palace with Michael Olise sent on by the home side.

65 mins: Two bookings in quick succession for Palace as Lerma and Ayew are cautioned and Jeff Schlupp’s strike is a routine take for Alisson.

60 mins: Double change from Klopp after that goal as Ibrahima Konate and Cody Gakpo come on for Quansah and Gravenberch.

57 mins: 1-0 PALACE!!!!!

Mateta keeps his calm and rolls the penalty home as Alisson dives the wrong way! GAME ON!

56 mins: PENALTY TO PALACE!

Another lengthy VAR check after a foul on Mateta and Andy Madley opts for a spot kick!

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52 mins: Scrappy start to the second period as Lerma loops a header just wide of Alisson’s post.

46 mins: Back underway at Selhurst Park and a change for both sides at the break! Joe Gomez is on for Endo and Jean-Phillipe Mateta replaces Eduard.

Gomez’s arrival pushes Trent Alexander-Arnold into midfield for the visitors. 

Halftime: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Goalless at the break! Palace are entitled to be much the happier, Jefferson Lerma only being denied by a brilliant reflex stop from Alisson via a post, then earning a penalty which was overturned following a pitchside monitor review by Andy Madley.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp almost sprints towards the changing rooms at halftime, while Roy Hodgson strolls behind and has a word with one or two of his players. He’ll be comfortable with what he’s seen – could this end up being a first home win for Palace in more than two months?

45 +2 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

There will be five minutes of added time, almost all of which is probably down to that lengthy VAR check over Palace’s potential penalty.

Liverpool have a passing accuracy so far of 85% to Palace’s 55%.

45 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Mohamed Salah has a go at goal from inside the penalty area, and the rebound falls to Dominik Szoboszlai, whose shot is blocked behind by Will Hughes.

Palace deal with the corner from Liverpool’s right.

42 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

On a day when they need to win to go top of the table, Liverpool are yet to have a shot on target. They’d probably be behind had that penalty been allowed to stand, and they’ve an xG of 0.07 to Palace’s 0.5.

39 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Joel Ward, perhaps showing the experience that he has gained during his 150 Palace appearances including today, brings Luis Diaz down when the attacker threatens to break clear and is booked.

36 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

“Will Hughes was aggressive beyond the mark,” Rio Ferdinand tells BT Sport of that penalty call, adding that Palace have had the better opportunities so far.

“The referee got to the right decision in the end.”

33 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

No penalty! Andy Madley decides Will Hughes did foul Wataru Endo.

What a let-off for Liverpool!

31 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Andy Madley takes a look at the pitchside monitor.

The Video Assistant Referee, John Brooks, is apparently happy with the award of the penalty.

Hughes went in to Wataru Endo’s back and sent the midfielder face-down on the turf. Hard to say whether that was a foul.

29 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Penalty to Crystal Palace!

Jurgen Klopp protests to the fourth official after Virgil van Dijk is punished – and booked – for bringing down Odsonne Edouard as the forward tries to reach Will Hughes’ pass in front of goal.

There’s a VAR check, though, for a potential foul by Hughes on Wataru Endo. Klopp clearly seems to think it was.

27 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Palace almost score!

The hosts put together a slick move, Jordan Ayew whipping a low cross along the penalty area from just short of the corner of the box on the right.

The delivery finds Jefferson Lerma unmarked and facing the far post. His fierce first-time shot is brilliantly saved by Alisson, who does wonderfully well to paw the ball away via a post. Great reflexes.

25 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

An indication of how the balance of play is going: all four of Liverpool’s starting defenders have attempted more than 20 passes in the opening 25 minutes, while no Palace player has tried more than nine.

23 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Crystal Palace load the box for a corner. Liverpool clear.

20 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

The stats show that Liverpool had more than 72% of possession during the opening 15 minutes of the game.

They haven’t been able to find their range, though, Dominik Szoboszlai being the latest player to send a shot wide.

17 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

There isn’t a great deal more to report on the pitch, but the rain, which has been since well before kickoff, appears to be clearing around Selhurst Park.

14 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Danger for Crystal Palace: Darwin Nunez is ready to pounce as a cross falls under the crossbar, but Joel Ward heads behind with an alert and timely intervention. Excellent defending.

12 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Jordan Ayew swings a cross from the right into the Liverpool penalty area, which Alisson claims comfortably.

Mohamed Salah then attempts to run on to a through ball at the other end, and Sam Johnstone advances to claim.

10 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

This is also Joel Ward’s 148th Premier League appearance at Selhurst Park, overtaking Wilfried Zaha (147) for the most games played here in the competition.

7 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Liverpool have more defending to do inside their penalty area in very windy conditions.

Both managers are on their feet in their technical penalty areas.

5 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Ton (and a half) up at Palace for Joel Ward, who launches a freekick from the halfway line inside the Liverpool penalty area.

The visitors clear. There hasn’t been a great deal of quality on display during the opening five minutes.

2 mins: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

Fun fact: with an average age of exactly 29 years, this is Palace’s oldest starting XI in the Premier League since a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in May 2021. Their average age on that day was 29 years, 364 days.

Kostas Tsimikas takes a swipe at a shot after a ricochet falls to the defender outside the Palace penalty area, going no nearer to scoring his first goal for the club than he was 30 seconds ago.

10 mins to kickoff: Former Liverpool player Peter Crouch has been speaking about Jarell Quansah starting for the visitors today.

“It’s a huge vote of confidence for him,” Crouch told BT Sport. “Ibrahima Konate has been rested or dropped, however you want to look at it. Joe Gomez, too, is on the bench.

“Quansah has got himself in there alongside Virgil van Dijk. It’s a good chance for him to cement his place and say ‘do you know what? You don’t have to go to the transfer market if Joel Matip leaves in the summer. I can be your man.’ It’s a huge opportunity for the young man.”

30 mins to kickoff: Back after three matches out, Alisson is seeking a first away clean sheet of the season.

Understudy Caoimhin Kelleher was the first Liverpool goalkeeper not to concede on the road during 2023-24 in the 2-0 win at Sheffield United on Wednesday. The Reds conceded 14 in 10 games on their travels before visiting Bramall Lane.

50 mins to kickoff: Palace make two changes from the side who began their 2-0 defeat against Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on Wednesday.

Former Liverpool defender Nathanial Clyne comes in for the injured Tyrick Mitchell and Will Hughes replaces Michael Olise.

1 hour to kickoff: Team news! Liverpool make five changes, the most notable of which is the return of goalkeeper Alisson following injury.

Midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, as expected, is out, and Jarell Quansah starts in a defence which will be without the injured Joel Matip for the rest of the season.

1 hour 20 mins to kickoff: Early arrivals for Palace, who are seeking a first win in five matches and a first at home since September 3.

1 hour 40 mins to kickoff: With 12 wins from 16 Premier League games against them, Palace account for the joint-most victories Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has against a side in the competition.

The other matches ended in two draws and two defeats, and he also has 12 wins against West Ham United. He’s only been more successful in matches against German side Freiburg, who’ve lost against him 13 times.

2 hours to kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of the opening Premier League fixture this weekend as Liverpool visit Crystal Palace. The Reds were in London when they last went top of the table on September 25 2021, sharing a 3-3 thriller with Brentford.

That wouldn’t be enough today for them to return to the summit for the first time since then, but they will move into first and a point clear of current leaders Arsenal if they win.

Should they do so, Liverpool will have good cause to hope that the Gunners won’t overtake them when they visit Aston Villa in today’s 5.30pm GMT kickoff – the Villans have won all seven of their Premier League home matches this season, including a dominant 1-0 win over reigning champions Manchester City on Wednesday.

Stay with us for build-up, team news and live coverage from Selhurst Park!

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool lineups, team news

Palace boss Roy Hodgson found himself under pressure with key duo Eberechi Eze and Tyrick Mitchell both ruled out.

Former Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne stepped in as cover for Mitchell with Jairo Riedewald brought in to stiffen the midfield.

Crystal Palace lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): Johnstone (GK) — Ward, Anderson, Guehi, Clyne — Richards, Lerma – Schlupp, Hughes, Ayew – Edouard.

The five changes made by Liverpool was the most they have rung between matches this season, with the return of goalkeeper Alisson following injury the most significant news.

Midfielder Alexis Mac Allister, as expected, was out, and Jarell Quansah started in a defence which will be without the injured Joel Matip for the rest of the season.

Liverpool lineup (4-3-3, right to left): Alisson (GK) — Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Tsimikas — Szoboszlai, Endo, Gravenberch — Salah, Nunez, Diaz.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool live stream, TV channel

Here’s how to watch this Premier League match across selected areas of the world’s major regions:

Region TV Streaming
USA NBC USA Network, Universo NBC Sports App, Fubo, Universo NOW, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada

Fubo Canada

UK TNT Sports 1, TNT Sports Ultimate discovery+
Australia Optus Sport
India Hotstar VIP,
JioTV

USA: This game is being broadcast on the NBC USA Network with Spanish language streaming options on Universo and Telemundo, which are available to stream on Fubo.

Canada: Every Premier League game this season is live streaming exclusively via Fubo in Canada.

Australia: Fans in Australia can stream every match live and on demand on Optus Sport.

UK: This match is available for live broadcast via TNT Sports with streaming options on discovery+.

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