Allardyce 'breathing easier' after Anfield win

Ross Houston
May 2, 2017

Liverpool's defending, especially from set pieces, has been its biggest weakness this season and the problem struck again against Palace.

They're still four points clear of Manchester City and five ahead of Manchester United, but have played two more games than both.

It ultimately took a moment of magic three minutes later for Liverpool to break Palace's resolve, Coutinho bending a sumptuous 30-yard free-kick over the wall and into the left side of the goal. This game is a must win though since the other top teams are all performing and it is getting very close near the summit of the Premier League ladder.

"Crystal Palace are a good side but we dominated the game".

"Christian Benteke is an outstanding striker, there's no doubt about it, but if you leave him alone like we did for these goals I'm not sure he needs all of his skills", said Klopp.

"Five games to go, pick as many points up as we can and then - when we are mathematically safe - we will have a little celebration".

On Sunday, 15th-place Crystal Palace travel to Anfield to face Liverpool.

Not content with scoring just the one on his Anfield return, Benteke added a second after the break which was enough to give Palace all three points.

In the 34th minute Origi almost made it 2-0 after a brilliant cross from James Milner on the left but his header sailed inches wide from close range.

"I thought we were, from start to finish, tactically exceptional", he said.

"On the corners everyone knows Liverpool are pretty weak - they conceded six off corners which we told the lads about".

"Manchester United, City and Arsenal are all in there".

"With our limited possession, we exposed Liverpool's weaknesses time and time again", Allardyce said.

"I spoke to the boys after the game and told them it's frustrating and disappointing, we made mistakes, that's all true, and we have to feel it today, that's how defeats are".

Liverpool have 66 points in third but Manchester City and Manchester United are hot on their heels.

In terms of ability, he's exceptional, but his attitude (as displayed at the weekend) often leaves lots to be desired, and as fans, it's our job to trust Klopp's judgement.

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