Crystal Palace v Liverpool LIVE: Result and reaction as Harvey Elliott smashes home late winner

Crystal Palace v Liverpool LIVE: Result and reaction as Harvey Elliott smashes home late winner

Liverpool went to the top of the Premier League table with victory over ten-man Crystal Palace as Harvey Elliott fired home a brilliant late winner.

Elliott’s 90th minute strike ensured a below-par Liverpool took all three points away from Selhurst Park after Mohamed Salah had cancelled out Jean-Philippe Mateta’s penalty.

Home manager Roy Hodgson had been booed by Crystal Palace supporters after a flat midweek defeat to Bournemouth, but his team responded well with a vastly-improved performance.

The London club were in control of the game after Mateta converted from 12 yards following a foul by young Liverpool defender Jarrel Quansah, before the game swung. A seemingly innocuous trip on Elliott by Jordan Ayew saw the forward shown a second yellow card by referee Andy Madley.

And almost immediately after Ayew was dismissed, Salah’s deflected effort — his 200th Liverpool goal — put Liverpool level, allowing substitute Elliott to produce a moment of quality and take Liverpool a point above Arsenal, who play Aston Villa later on Saturday.

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Crystal Palace vs Liverpool live

  • Liverpool snatch late win over Crystal Palace to go top of the Premier League

  • Harvey Elliott hammers in late winner as 10-man Palace let lead slip after Jordan Ayew red card

  • FULL-TIME! Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

  • 90+1’ - GOAL! Elliott smashes home late winner for Liverpool (CRY 1-2 LIV)

  • 76’ - GOAL! Salah’s deflected shot draws Liverpool level (CRY 1-1 LIV)

  • 75’ - RED CARD! Ayew sent off for innocuous second yellow (CRY 1-0 LIV)

  • 57’ - GOAL! Mateta converts controversial VAR penalty to give Palace shock lead (CRY 1-0 LIV)

  • 29’ - NO PENALTY! Palace have spot-kick overturned for Hughes foul on Endo during build-up (CRY 0-0 LIV)

  • 27’ - SAVE! Alisson makes fantastic stop to deny Lerma (CRY 0-0 LIV)

Crystal Palace FC 1 - 2 Liverpool FC

Unconvincing Liverpool going top sends ominous warning to Premier League title rivals

14:57 , Miguel Delaney at Selhurst Park

At the early kick-off time he so loathes, Jurgen Klopp was alert enough for some late inspiration. It was his introduction of Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott that turned a drab and VAR-disrupted game at Crystal Palace. The two young midfielders similarly transformed a 1-0 defeat into a 2-1 victory with Jones clever supplying an assist for the equaliser and then Elliott offering a thundering finish in the 90th minute.

Roy Hodgson might well say that a second booking for Jordan Ayew was even more influential, since that came just before Mohamed Salah’s strike for a foul on Elliott. The Palace manager told the ref as much, receiving a booking.

Either way, the three minutes that involved Elliott’s introduction, Ayew’s expulsion and then Salah’s goal ultimately decided where the three points were going.

Unconvincing Liverpool going top sends ominous warning to Premier League title rivals

FT: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

14:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

So Liverpool are a point above Arsenal before Mikel Arteta’s side visit Aston Villa later. It was another imperfect performance from Jurgen Klopp’s side, but the German will be pleased with the impact made by some of his substitutes, with Cody Gakpo and Joe Gomez good off the bench.

Match-winner Harvey Elliott reacts after Liverpool’s win

14:40 , Harry Latham-Coyle

“It’s a great feeling, especially to win the game. It’s a tough place to come against a tough team. We’ve again shown our resilience - to come away with the three points is good.

On Mohamed Salah’s influence on his career: “My finish today just sums up what I’ve learned off him. Ever since I came through, he’s always been by my side and looked after me. It’s been a pleasure to share the pitch with him.

“We know we are going in the right direction. There’s still a lot of the season left, so we can’t be thinking about that yet. If it comes towards the end of the season and we are contenders, then why not? That is the aim at the start of the season, to win the Premier League - there can be no other aim.”

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FT: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

14:36 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A piece of brilliance to decide a weird game at Selhurst Park, with Liverpool escaping with three points to go top of the Premier League table. You feel for Crystal Palace, vastly improved and right on top until Jordan Ayew’s strange sending off. But Mohamed Salah soon cancelled out Jean-Philippe Mateta’s penalty, allowing Harvey Elliott to fire home a superb winner to steal the win.


14:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool, 90 + 11 minutes

14:32 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another excellent cross from Olise from the corner, and Jean-Philippe Mateta’s aerial contest draws another set piece.

Too shallow, this time, and Liverpool clear. Luis Diaz is scythed down by Naouiro Ahamada - Andy Madley scribbles furiously into his book with his pen surely running out of ink.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool, 90 + 10 minutes

14:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

What a save from Alisson! It’s a perfect ball and an excellent downward header from Joachim Andersen, but Alisson gets down to his right to bash it away!

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool, 90 + 9 minutes

14:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Michael Olise is fouled by Luis Diaz. 35 yards out, wide on the right. Diaz is booked.

Remi Matthews ventures out of his goal, but is sent back by his teammates. The rest of them are up there, though - can Olise deliver the right ball?

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool, 90 + 8 minutes

14:28 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Joachim Andersen is the next Crystal Palace player into Andy Madley’s book, clattering into Luis Diaz as the hosts’ frustration at throwing a promising position away starts to show. It was all going so well until Jordan Ayew’s dismissal.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool, 90 + 6 minutes

14:26 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Still plenty of time left for Crystal Palace given the extra ten minutes will now be further extended. Roy Hodgson makes his final alteration. Will Hughes off; talented 18-year-old David Ozoh on.

Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool, 90 + 4 minutes

14:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Just the two shots on target today for Liverpool, but they’ve both gone in. It’s been a profligate performance at times in forward areas, but Elliott was precise when it counted.

Luis Diaz thinks he’s put a third effort on goal into the net, but the forward had just gone too soon, by the looks of things. The flag is up, and the decision quickly confirmed by the VAR.

GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-2 LIVERPOOL (Harvey Elliott, 90 + 1 minutes)

14:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Rifled home by Harvey Elliott!

What a goal that is! Elliott is allowed to turn about 30 yards out, and is swiftly past a slighty lackadaisacal defensive effort from Jean-Philippe Mateta. The Crystal Palace defenders stand off him, and the youngster makes them pay, producing a gorgeous strike with his instep into vacant space at the near post. Remi Matthews can’t get across - is that the winner?

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool, 90 minutes

14:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A clever pass from Mohamed Salah finds Curtis Jones in a forward area on the left, but Jones can’t find a teammate with his volley back infield.

Into ten additional minutes.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool, 89 minutes

14:19 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Good again from the replacement goalkeeper. Forward he comes to acrobatically claim a floated cross.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool, 88 minutes

14:18 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Matthews is involved immediately. Joe Gomez strides beyond Naouiro Ahamada and drives in a dangerous cross, but the goalkeeper palms away firmly.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool, 86 minutes

14:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Sam Johnstone will be unable to continue - and that means it will be a Crystal Palace debut for Remi Matthews, a 29-year-old journeyman who has been with the club since 2021.

Can he help ten-man Crystal Palace hold on for a point?

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Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool, 84 minutes

14:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Crystal Palace have defended those set pieces well today. Another one passes without incident.

Roy Hodgson makes his third change. Jeffrey Schlupp did fine work earlier aiding Nathaniel Clyne on the left, and has promised in attack, too - Naouirou Ahamada will replace him.

Hang on, there might be more problems here. Sam Johnstone has gone down for treatment.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool, 82 minutes

14:12 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Joe Gomez rattles a cross against Nathaniel Clyne. Another Liverpool corner.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool, 80 minutes

14:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Crystal Palace had been totally in control, too. Jean-Philippe Mateta wins a free kick deep in his own half with the hosts being pushed further and further back.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Liverpool, 79 minutes

14:10 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Roy Hodgson is booked in the aftermath of the goal, the Crystal Palace manager still furious at Jordan Ayew’s sending off. The ball was kicked away by a Liverpool leg after Ayew’s challenge - did Andy Madley think that Ayew had tried to stall the game?

Ayew’s earlier booking was silly, too, stepping in front of Virgil van Dijk to delay the taking of a free kick. How costly that could be.

GOAL! Crystal Palace 1-1 LIVERPOOL (Mohamed Salah, 76 minutes)

14:06 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And Liverpool are level!

Goal number 150 in the Premier League for Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian’s 200th in a Liverpool shirt in total. Cody Gakpo drives to the byline from an inside right position, crossing to the far post. Michael Olise mis-controls, allowing Curtis Jones to nip in.

The midfielder is wiped out by Joel Ward, which surely would have prompted the intervention of the referee had Salah not reacted sharply to sweep an effort goalwards. A healthy deflection, and in it goes!

RED CARD! Jordan Ayew is sent off! Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 75 minutes

14:06 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Red card! A second booking for Jordan Ayew after a trip on Harvey Elliott ends a Liverpool counter-attack. It looks soft, but Andy Madley goes to his pocket, and a stunned Ayew removes his gloves before gingerly making his way towards the tunnel.

Crystal Palace will have to hold out for the remainder with ten men.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 73 minutes

14:05 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Michael Olise is fed the ball in space by Jeffrey Schlupp, and the Crystal Palace substitute tries to stand up Ibrahima Konate. The defender monitors Olise’s movements well, and makes a firm tackle.

It’s a double change, actually, for Liverpool - Curtis Jones is on alongside Elliott, with Dominik Szoboszlai and Darwin Nunez replaced.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 71 minutes

14:02 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Chris Richards accepts the yellow card of Andy Madley with a nod, the American’s tug-back cynical but necessary with a Liverpudlian quartet bearing down on Crystal Palace’s goal.

Trent Alexander-Arnold finds Darwin Nunez at the far post, but the striker’s karate kick finish is inaccurate. Harvey Elliott looks to be Jurgen Klopp’s next throw of the dice.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 69 minutes

14:01 , Harry Latham-Coyle

After Liverpool clear that free kick, Joe Gomez takes down a crossfield ball nicely and wins a corner.

Trent Alexander-Arnold swings in a high, hanging cross and Virgil van Dijk meets it, but doesn’t get the required contact. Goal kick.

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 68 minutes

13:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A second Crystal Palace change, with another injury worry for Roy Hodgson to contend with. Jefferson Lerma has run himself off his feet and it’s a sore trudge to the touchline - Michael Olise is on.

And the dynamic Olise immediately wins a free kick.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 64 minutes

13:55 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Every time Crystal Palace come forward they look like carving Liverpool open. Those attacking midfield changes and the added urgency having fallen behind seem to have knocked the visitors completely out of shape, with first Jordan Ayew and then Will Hughes just unable to make advanced possession count.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 63 minutes

13:54 , Harry Latham-Coyle

But Crystal Palace are managing this really nicely. They draw a needless foul in the left corner, allowing a loading of the box. Will Hughes will take...but an excellent defensive header leaves a leaping Jefferson Lerma disappointed.

Here’s how Jean-Philippe Mateta put the hosts in front:

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 61 minutes

13:52 , Harry Latham-Coyle

That is a real opening for Jeffrey Schlupp. Jean-Philippe Mateta takes down a ball neatly and lays it off for the midfielder, with Liverpool inviting him to shoot on his weaker right foot. Schlupp RSVPs but makes a meek connection, and Alisson claims in relative comfort.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 60 minutes

13:51 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Cody Gakpo’s first involvement of note is a foul on Will Hughes, who has been excellent in midfield today, combative and clever while working hard throughout.

Jurgen Klopp stomps back towards his bench.

Crystal Palace 1-0 Liverpool, 59 minutes

13:50 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The home crowd are bouncing with their team in front, the woes of the week forgotten with Crystal Palace playing so well. A dangerous Liverpool delivery evades a couple of sliding visitors hoping to knock it home.

GOAL! CRYSTAL PALACE 1-0 Liverpool (Jean-Philippe Mateta, 58 minutes)

13:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

In it goes!

Cool as you like from the tall replacement forward. A sashay up, a swipe with the side of his foot, and Alisson is sent the wrong way.

A long process, but the right decision made - and Crystal Palace are into a lead that, on balance, they deserve.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 53 minutes

13:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool make those changes to force Crystal Palace to wait to take. Ibrahima Konate and Cody Gakpo are on for Quansah and Ryan Gravenberch.

Mateta will take...

PENALTY! Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 53 minutes

13:47 , Harry Latham-Coyle

AND IT’S GIVEN! Crystal Palace have their penalty!

Quansah had been trying to clear a low cross, but Jean-Philippe Mateta had just got their first. Quansah’s swing knocked Mateta’s legs from beneath him, and to the spot, belatedly, Andy Madley points.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 55 minutes

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Now then - John Brooks has called Andy Madley over to the screen. It was a long, long check in the background - and on second view, Quansah doesn’t appear to have got near the ball...

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 53 minutes

13:44 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Jean-Philippe Mateta goes down under a challenge from Jarell Quansah in the box, but it appears the young defender got his foot to the ball first before the striker went over - though John Brooks is still having a look in the VAR room.

Liverpool are readying more changes.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 52 minutes

13:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Nathaniel Clyne has been impressive at left-back so far, getting good support from Jeffrey Schlupp ahead of him. The former Liverpool man leads a frisky counter, and Jefferson Lerma earns a corner.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 49 minutes

13:41 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Will Hughes’s left-footed free kick bends on to Jefferson Lerma’s head, but the Colombian has too much to do and gets his technique wrong trying to force it goalwards, in the end directing it nearing the corner flag than Alisson’s right-hand post.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 48 minutes

13:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Alexander-Arnold has his fingeprints all over a move that sees Luis Diaz cutting inside in trademark fashion, a shot of sorts that is almost diverted goalwards by Darwin Nunez’s dome - the striker may have been offside, anyway, and can’t get much of a connection on Diaz’s fast-moving strike.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 47 minutes

13:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Alexander-Arnold had seen plenty of the ball in the first half, but felt a little bit on the periphery with Jurgen Klopp asking the right back to provide width. Can he influence matters more from a deep-lying playmakeing role?

Half-time changes...

13:36 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A couple of changes at the interval, one to each team. Crystal Palace’s change is, we assume, injury enforced, with Jean-Philippe Mateta replacing Odsonne Edouard, who took a knock in the first half.

Liverpool’s is all together more intriguing: Joe Gomez is on for Wataru Endo, with Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield as the second half begins.

HT: Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool

13:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A touch lethargic from Liverpool, but a very impressive first half from Crystal Palace, with the two big moments falling their way. Jefferson Lerma should, really, have put them in front, but a fit-again Alisson made a remarkable save with a bit of help from his woodwork. Then, just moments later, it looked as if Virgil van Dijk had conceded a penalty with Odsonne Edouard felled while through on goal - but a long VAR check resulted in an earlier foul from Will Hughes wiping Van Dijk’s infringement from the record.


13:20 , Harry Latham-Coyle

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 45 + 5 minutes

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They cannot.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 45 + 3 minutes

13:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool can’t make much of the corner, with Joachim Andersen heading clear. Can the visitors mount a telling assault before half time?

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 45 + 1 minutes

13:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Two vital blocks! Better from Liverpool, Trenet Alexander-Arnold picking out Mohamed Salah. Salah can’t bit a couple of bodies and Dominik Szoboszlai’s follow-up bounces away off of Will Hughes’s blond bonce.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 45 minutes

13:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool’s passing in the final third hasn’t been accurate enough so far. Tsimikas finds Luis Diaz, who passes nicely to Ryan Gravenberch, and the Dutchman finds Darwin Nunez with his back to goal. Nunez could return it to either of his predecessors on the move, but his eventual pass is between the pair of them, ending the attack.

Five additional minutes to be played.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 44 minutes

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A Liverpool corner drifts out of play before curling back towards it target, Kostas Tsimikas not quite getting his delivery right.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 41 minutes

13:11 , Harry Latham-Coyle

You’d imagine that long VAR delay and a couple of other stoppages will lead to a fair bit of first half stoppage time, which right now suits Crystal Palace given how they’ve built through this first 40 minutes. No attempts on target yet from the visitors.

Virgil van Dijk looked to have conceded a penalty, but it was overturned by the VAR (Getty Images)
Virgil van Dijk looked to have conceded a penalty, but it was overturned by the VAR (Getty Images)

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 38 minutes

13:08 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another bright Crystal Palace counter-attack sees Nathaniel Clyne play a ball into the box, but there is no-one in a home shirt to collect it.

Liverpool spring at speed, and Joel Ward is forced to take the first yellow card of the match with Luis Diaz set to sprint away from him.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 36 minutes

13:07 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool just seem to have lost their calm a bit, too. Alisson is sauntering forward to take an unthreatening free kick with no Crystal Palace player in sight, but Virgil van Dijk out-jumps his goalkeeper and almost heads the ball into danger. Alisson does manage to get to the second ball.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 34 minutes

13:04 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Well well well. This has been an excellent little period for Crystal Palace, bunkering down in the first 20 minutes but now starting to show their attacking promise.

This will be a worry, though, given their existing injury problems - Odsonne Edouard is down in pain.

OVERTURNED! Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 33 minutes

13:03 , Harry Latham-Coyle

NO PENALTY! Andy Madley has a long look at the footage both in real time and slow motion, and his final assessment is to rescind his on-field call. Hughes had just clipped Wataru Endo’s legs, too - it does look a foul, and duly given as such.

A let-off for Liverpool.

PENALTY! Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 29 minutes

12:59 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Penalty Crystal Palace! Virgil van Dijk swipes Odsonne Edouard’s legs away with the striker through on goal, and that’s a stonewall spot-kick.

But was there a foul from Will Hughes to spark the move? It’s a biff in the back of Wataru Endo that has prompted the VAR to come in - John Brooks is having a look at the footage, with Andy Madley happy to let things run on the pitch.

Brooks calls referee Madley over to the screen.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 27 minutes

12:58 , Harry Latham-Coyle

How has that not gone in? What a save from Alisson!

A fluent Crystal Palace attack and Jordan Ayew this time finds the perfect ball, putting it on a plate for a marauding Jefferson Lerma at the far stick. Lerma seems set to slot home and connects cleanly with his effort, but Alisson sprawls across to get two hands to it.

It appears like Lerma’s crisp strike may still end up in the bottom corner as it loops away from the goalkeeper’s palms, but the ball collides with the upright and away.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 26 minutes

12:55 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Ray Lewington barks some orders at the Crystal Palace side, Roy Hodson’s long-time assistant making his point clear. His players nearly respond perfectly, pressing and pressuring Alisson, but the Brazilian just about avoids an error with some cool, confident footwork.

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 24 minutes

12:54 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Joachim Andersen can and does, but the centre back’s first header balloons into the air, and he can’t make anything of the second attempt with the ball dropping back down to earth.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 23 minutes

12:53 , Harry Latham-Coyle

And that’s good from the home side, too, winning a corner off Trent Alexander-Arnold’s legs after a more direct advancement.

Plenty of height in the Crystal Palace side - can they challenge in the air?

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 21 minutes

12:51 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Delightful play through a central area from Crystal Palace, intricately weaving between retreating Liverpool shirts and creating room on the right. Jordan Ayew is the beneficiary and has an age to pick out a teammate with a cross, or unleash a shot of his own, but his eventual delivery is timid and cleared in comfort. Still, bright signs from Roy Hodgson’s side.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 18 minutes

12:48 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The best part of 20 minutes in and still no major chances to speak of at Selhurst Park, with Liverpool finding their flow in possession but Crystal Palace playing some good reactive defensive football. Nathaniel Clyne reacts sharpest to a forward ball, beating Mohamed Salah to it and clearing off his left foot.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 17 minutes

12:46 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Kostas Tsimikas takes but can’t find a teammate. The left-back is soon back on the ball and combining with Ryan Gravenberch, who shoots into a tangle of legs. Those Crystal Palace defensive banks have been well formed so far, the blocking barriers on the edge of Sam Johnstone’s box effective.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 15 minutes

12:45 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The sun has come out at Selhurst Park, even with the rain still falling on a breezy afternoon. Liverpool produce their best passing move of the half so far, with Luis Diaz darting inwards and releasing a shot that is blocked byy a Palace pursuer.

Forward they come once more, Trent Alexander-Arnold huggign the right touchline and delivering a dangerous ball. Marc Guehi tries to cut it out but only spoons it on, forcing Joel Ward into a defensive header. Corner kick.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 12 minutes

12:43 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A couple of Crystal Palace arms go up in appeal after the ball springs towards Liverpool limbs in their own box. Nothing doing, says the referee, and off go the visitors, Mohamed Salah leading the fast break.

Joel Ward gets a vital toe in to force Salah wide, and when the Egyptian eventually seeks a teammate, his floated cross is easily claimed by Sam Johnstone. But that is a first real sign of Liverpool’s threat - Crystal Palace just switched off a little there.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 10 minutes

12:41 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A lovely pass from Virgil van Dijk pierces the Crystal Palace midfield, with Dominik Szoboszlai turning on to Ryan Gravenberch. The Dutchman seeks Darwin Nunez but can’t hit the striker in stride - and Nunez had strayed offside regardless.

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Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 9 minutes

12:39 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Mohamed Salah checks his sleeve for signs of blood after catching a stray arm to the face - no harm done, and indeed no intervention required with the contact light and inadvertent.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 8 minutes

12:38 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Another chance for Joel Ward to throw one into the mixer, with a whirling wind not making matters particularly easy. A bit of aerial ping-pong fails to materialise into something more consequential for the home side.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 6 minutes

12:36 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Good defending from Joachim Andersen, using his body to muscle out Ryan Gravenberch as the midfielder tries to keep the ball in at the byline.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 5 minutes

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A free kick is hoisted forward by Joel Ward, captaining Crystal Palace on his 350th appearance for the club. Shallow and headed away.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 4 minutes

12:34 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Tsimikas is getting forward early and often, tucking in at times with Trent Alexander-Arnold also prominent on the far right. Two crossing opportunities for the England international are blocked out of play with Crystal Palace settling into a strong defensive shape.

A first glimpse of Odsonne Edouard on the run, off in pursuit of a ball threaded between Liverpool’s two centre-halves, but Virgil van Dijk’s smooth strides shut down Edouard’s chances of a clean retrieval. The Dutch defender uses his goalkeeper and Liverpool are back in possession.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 2 minutes

12:33 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Mohamed Salah gets on the ball and plays a curiously aimless pass, but the defensive header is poor and grants Liverpool an attacking opportunity. Ryan Gravenberch runs into bother but the ball bounces kindly for Kostas Tsimikas, who lashes in the vague direction of Sam Johnstone’s goal. Not the left-back’s best - swerving wide by a distance.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool, 1 minute

12:31 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It looks like a 4-5-1 for Crystal Palace, Odsonne Edouard lonely up top with Jordan Ayew out on the right, Jeffrey Schlupp the left.

Liverpool force the ball forward twice but can’t make the pass stick.


12:30 , Harry Latham-Coyle

A peep on Andy Madley’s whistle and we are up and running at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

12:29 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Righty then. Another Premier League weekend is just about to get underway after the first midweek fun of the season - can Crystal Palace bounce back? Will Liverpool go top?

The players are ready.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

12:26 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It’s just started to properly chuck it down in south London on another miserable December day. It is much warmer than last weekend.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

12:25 , Harry Latham-Coyle

The Crystal Palace players creep through the rather cramped corridor leading to the Selhurst Park tunnel, readying themselves behind the officiating team. Andy Madley has the whistle today; John Brooks is his lead VAR.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

12:21 , Harry Latham-Coyle

Liverpool will be very much eyeing top spot, with victory lifting them above Arsenal at least temporarily. It’s a tough trip to Villa Park for Mikel Arteta’s men later - can Liverpool put the pressure on with a win here?

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

12:17 , Harry Latham-Coyle

In the other defensive four, this feels like a huge opportunity for Jarell Quansah. With Joel Matip done for the season after an unfortunately serious knee injury, that centre-half spot alongside Virgil van Dijk is very much up for grabs. Jurgen Klopp clearly trusts Quansah, who makes a second Premier League start today.

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

12:15 , Harry Latham-Coyle

It’ll be fascinating to see how the Selhurst Park crowd treat their team today. Roy Hodgson has apologised thrice for his midweek comments suggesting that Crystal Palace fans had been “spoilt” by their team’s long stay in the Premier League, but you get the sense that an early Liverpool goal or two could get the home fans to turn on Hodgson and his squad.

Certainly, the lack of left-back cover looks a concern - ex-Liverpool full-back Nathaniel Clyne is having to fill in with Tyrick Mitchell absent. A right-footer may be valuable given Mohamed Salah’s tendency to cut in, but you’d imagine the Egyptian will fancy his chances at getting at a makeshift left-back.

Liverpool arrive at Selhurst Park

12:12 , Luke Baker

Here’s Liverpool arriving at Selhurst Park a little earlier.


Jurgen Klopp opens up on January transfer plans after Joel Matip injury news

12:05 , Luke Baker

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is not planning to buy a centre-back to cover Joel Matip’s expected absence for the rest of the season but admits the nature of the Premier League means all clubs are “only two injuries away from a real problem”.

Matip’s anterior cruciate ligament injury means Klopp now has five senior players unavailable – Diogo Jota, Andy Robertson, Thiago Alcantara and Stefan Bajcetic – with midfielder Alexis Mac Allister doubtful for the weekend trip to Crystal Palace after sustaining a problem in the midweek win over Sheffield United.

In central defence he has Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konate – who has had two spells on the sidelines already this season – Joe Gomez and 20-year-old Jarell Quansah and he believes that will be enough to sustain them providing there are no further setbacks.

Klopp said rival clubs would not be leaving a top-class centre-back “under the Christmas tree for us” so he would likely manage with what he has.

Jurgen Klopp opens up on January transfer plans after Joel Matip injury news

Roy Hodgson sends message to unhappy Crystal Palace fans after Bournemouth loss

11:58 , Luke Baker

Roy Hodgson pleaded for Crystal Palace supporters to stay onside after a 2-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth ended in a chorus of boos and an object being launched by a disgruntled fan in the boss’ direction.

Headers in each half from Marcos Senesi and Kieffer Moore extended the Cherries’ unbeaten Premier League run to four matches, while Palace remain in search of just their second home victory this season after a promising start to the campaign.

Palace, who dropped to 14th place with the loss, were hoping to pick up points ahead of a difficult run of fixtures, beginning with Liverpool on Saturday followed by a trip to Manchester City before meetings with Brighton and Chelsea.

Hodgson said he was unaware of being targeted by the projectile until after the fact, joking: “So you mean to say there was a fan out there who doesn’t like me? That will definitely stop me sleeping.”

The boyhood Palace fan also addressed earlier comments made to broadcaster Amazon Prime Video, in which he had suggested Eagles supporters might be “spoiled” by positive results in recent years.

Roy Hodgson sends message to unhappy Crystal Palace fans after Bournemouth loss

Marc Guehi gives his pre-match thoughts on Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

11:47 , Luke Baker

Crystal Palace centre-back Marc Guehi has been talking to TNT Sports ahead of this afternoon’s clash

Michael Olise back on the bench for Palace

11:42 , Luke Baker

Key man Michael Olise is fit enough for the bench for Crystal Palace today, as he returns from injury. USA international Chris Richards continues in his new position in defensive midfield, having been unable to displace either of impressive duo Joachim Andersen or Marc Guehi in his more natural role of centre-back.

Jeffrey Schlupp is back in the side and will likely form a three along with Will Hughes and Jordan Ayew behind frontman Odsonne Edouard.

Crystal Palace XI: Johnstone; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Clyne; Richards, Lerma; Schlupp, Hughes, Ayew; Edouard.

Alisson returns for Liverpool

11:39 , Luke Baker

Alisson suffered an injury against Manchester City last month and was expected to still be sidelined today but he has recovered to replace Caoimhin Kelleher between the posts.

Kostas Tsimikas is back in at left back, while Endo, Szoboszlai and Gravenberch are the midfield trio behind Salah, Nunez and Diaz up top

Liverpool XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Endo, Szoboszlai, Gravenberch; Salah, Nunez, Diaz

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool team news

11:32 , Luke Baker

Here’s today’s team news - surely the biggest revelation being the return of Alisson between the sticks for Liverpool ahead of schedule

Jurgen Klopp calls Amazon Prime presenter ‘ignorant’ for joke after Liverpool’s win at Sheffield United

11:27 , Luke Baker

Jurgen Klopp accused Amazon Prime Video presenter Marcus Buckland of being “ignorant” after he made a joke about Liverpool’s next game being on Saturday lunchtime.

Klopp saw his side win 2-0 at bottom club Sheffield United thanks to goals from Virgil van Dijk and Dominik Szoboszlai at Bramall Lane.

They return to action in less than 72 hours against Crystal Palace for a 12.30pm kick-off, which is one of the German’s biggest bugbears when his side have played on the prior Wednesday night.

In a pitchside interview after the game Buckland joked that the Palace game was being played in Klopp’s “favourite kick-off time” but the Liverpool boss did not take it well.

Jurgen Klopp calls Amazon Prime presenter ‘ignorant’ after Liverpool win again

Virgil van Dijk the difference-maker as Liverpool rediscover impact of winning away

11:20 , Luke Baker

Liverpool edged out Sheffield United 2-0 at Bramall Lane, the relatively low scoreline perhaps reflecting the lack of quality on show rather more than the gulf in possession and intent between the teams.

New home boss Chris Wilder, returning for the first game of his second spell at the club, was welcomed with applause and pre-match chants of, “he’s one of our own”. He might hope to rapidly turn matters around and put the Blades into unchartered territory for this season, but his first game back was all too familiar in most regards.

For the victorious Reds, Virgil van Dijk and Dominik Szoboszlai earning them the points, having seen Arsenal snatch a late win at Luton to open up a five-point lead at the top of the league one night prior, they’ll know the past few weeks have only reinforced how much impact away form will have on the title fight this season.

Read Karl Matchett’s assessment of Liverpool’s battling midweek win over Sheffield United:

Van Dijk the difference-maker as Liverpool rediscover impact of winning away

Alisson set to return

11:15 , Luke Baker

Some good news for Liverpool fans! It appears that Alisson may be returning to action today - much earlier than expected after suffering an injury against Man City.

Could he even be starting against Palace? A statement released by Liverpool just now suggests so.

“Alisson Becker returns to Liverpool’s matchday squad for today’s encounter with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park,” read the statement. “The goalkeeper comes back into contention after missing the Reds’ last three matches due to an injury sustained at Manchester City on November 25.

“Full team news will be released at 11.30am GMT.”

Early team news

11:13 , Luke Baker

So, what are we expecting team news-wise from both sides? Teams should be announced in about 15 minutes’ time remember.

Crystal Palace are likely to be without Tyrick Mitchell after the full-back suffered a hip injury in the Bournemouth defeat. Eberechi Eze is also expected to remain absent as he battles an ankle problem, while it is feared that Cheick Doucoure could miss the remainder of the campaign.

Jurgen Klopp endured a major blow in last weekend’s defeat to Fulham as Joel Matip suffered a serious knee injury. The Liverpool manager confirmed on Wednesday that Matip would miss the rest of the season after rupturing his ACL. Alexis Mac Allister is also a doubt after suffering a bad cut against Sheffield United. Diogo Jota remains sidelined.

When is Crystal Palace vs Liverpool and how can I watch it?

11:07 , Luke Baker

When is Crystal Palace vs Liverpool?

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool is due to kick off at 12.30pm GMT on Saturday 9 December at Selhurst Park.

How can I watch it?

Viewers in the United Kingdom can watch the match live on TNT Sports 1, with coverage on the channel from 11am GMT. Subscribers can stream the action via discovery+.

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Is Crystal Palace v Liverpool on TV? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture

11:04 , Luke Baker

Roy Hodgson will be hoping a visit from Liverpool can spark his side back into life as pressure grows on the Crystal Palace manager.

Home fans reacted with anger after a 2-0 midweek defeat to Bournemouth at Selhurst Park, with supporters further riled after Hodgson suggested they had been “spoilt” by the London club’s long spell in the Premier League.

Liverpool were not at their absolute best in their own midweek business, but overcame Sheffield United thanks to goals from Virgil van Dijk and Dominik Szoboszlai.

It leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side two points back from Arsenal at the top of the league entering this weekend’s fixtures.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool LIVE: Latest Premier League updates

Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

11:02 , Luke Baker

Welcome to The Independent’s live coverage of Crystal Palace vs Liverpool from the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will look to keep their title tilt on track by taking care of business against a Palace side who are starting to slip down the table, with the pressure growing on boss Roy Hodgson.

Stick with us for full live coverage.