When Liverpool achieved the Premier League’s biggest win

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Liverpool conceded seven in a nightmare trip to Villa Park in October 2020, but put things right with an incredible performance at Crystal Palace just before Christmas.

Crystal Palace 0-7 Liverpool

Premier League, Selhurst Park
December 19, 2020

Goals: Minamino 3′, Mane 35′, Firmino 44′, 68′, Henderson 52′, Salah 81′, 84′


The Reds’ Premier League visit to Selhurst Park in the 2020/21 season was a game to remember, in a campaign that was set to be quite the opposite.

Unfortunately, the Kop wasn’t there to witness it, with the game played behind closed doors due to the ongoing Covid pandemic.

Liverpool were the reigning champions, having ended their 20-year wait for a league title the previous season.

It is easy to forget that with this win the Reds were five points clear at the top, that is to say, they were first at Christmas, with Man City eight points back in sixth, and in pole position to retain the crown

The events that followed the turn of the year were incredibly unfortunate, but they shouldn’t take anything away from this, one of Liverpool’s best performances of the Jurgen Klopp era and their biggest Premier League win League so far.

The match

At the time, Liverpool were in the midst of a defensive injury crisis that would derail the entire season, with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez suffering serious injuries in the previous months.

They had at least one centre-back available for this game, with Joel Matip alongside Fabinho.

Mohamed Salah’s omission from the starting line-up was the real surprise when the squads were announced, with Klopp giving the Egyptian a break ahead of the usual hectic festive schedule.

That gave Takumi Minamino a rare chance to impress from the start, and the Japanese did just that, opening the scoring with his first Premier League goal after just three minutes.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 19, 2020: Takumi Minamino of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park.  (Image by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was a shot by the striker, who did well to work the opening after receiving the ball from Sadio Mané in the area. The celebration told you all about what his first La Liga goal for the Reds meant to him.

Palace failed to capitalize on a host of chances to equalize and were soon to be punished by Mané, who fired home a brilliantly instinctive finish for his usual goal against the Eagles.

By the time Roberto Firmino started and finished the fantastic move that led to Liverpool’s third just before half-time, it was practically game over.

After the break, Jordan Henderson made it four with a delicious finish from the edge of the area, and five minutes later Klopp rubbed salt into Palace’s wounds by introducing Salah just before the hour mark.

The Liverpool talisman would come on for Mane, who was less than impressed with Klopp’s decision and clearly sensed more goals were imminent.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 19, 2020: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool scores the fifth goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park.  (Image by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

I would be right. In the 68th minute, Salah set up Firmino for his second. The Brazilian had a lot to do when he collected the pass inside the box, but his touch, burst of pace and sunny finish from a tight angle was pure quality.

Firmino’s reaction at the end from Klopp and Curtis Jones on the sidelines was priceless!

Bobby’s job was done, and in the 75th minute he was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose return from a long-term knee injury that had kept him out since July was another positive.

The Reds weren’t done there. Salah himself was early on the goals, of course. He made it six with an instinctive header from close range, but it was his second and Liverpool’s seventh goal that really stood out.

It was Oxlade-Chamberlain who played the ball to Salah on the right, before curling a perfect effort past Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and into the top corner. Registered trademark Mo.

His brace meant he had scored in five consecutive games and took his tally to 16 Premier League goals before Christmas.

One day the reds made the records fall

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 19, 2020: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park.  (Image by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The win saw Liverpool record their biggest Premier League win to date, but that was just one of an impressive collection of records set on the day.

With five different goalscorers and seven different assists, this was the first time in Premier League history that seven different players had assisted a goal for one team in one game.

Sadio Mané’s goal made him only the fourth player in Premier League history to score in seven consecutive appearances against an opponent.

It was also Liverpool’s record away win and the first time they had scored seven in a league game since beating Derby County 7–1 in 1991.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday 19 December 2020: Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah after the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park.  (Image by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With his 127th league win as Liverpool manager, it was a historic day for Jurgen Klopp, who overtook Rafael Benitez as the Reds’ most successful boss in Premier League history.

Palace set some records of their own, but not ones they will remember fondly. It was the first time they had conceded seven goals in a home game and their worst home defeat. Ouch.


Crystal Palace: Look; Clyne, Kouyate (Tomkins 63′), Cahill, Van Aanholt; Milivojevic, McCarthur (Riedewald 75′), Schlupp, Eze, (Batshuayi 69′); Zaha, Ayew

Subs not used: Butland, Ward, Dann, Townsend, McCarthy, Mitchell

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Keita, Wijnaldum (Jones 69′); Mane (Salah 57′), Minamino, Firmino (Oxlade-Chamberlain 75′)

Subs not used: Adrian, Kelleher, R. Williams, Phillips, N. Williams, Origi


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