Post Match: (EPL Liverpool v Crystal Palace 23/5/21 4.00pm)

Man of the match
  • Alisson BECKER
  • Nathaniel PHILLIPS
  • Andrew ROBERTSON
  • Thiago ALCANTARA
  • Mohamed SALAH
  • Roberto FIRMINO
  • Sadio MANE
  • James MILNER
  • Diogo JOTA

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Unused subs: Adrian, Henderson, Jones, Tsimikas, Shaqiri, N. Williams.

:arrows_counterclockwise: 78’ James MILNER on Gini WIJNALDUM off
:arrows_counterclockwise: 90+2 Diogo JOTA on, Roberto FIRMINO off
:arrows_counterclockwise: 90+2 Alex OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN on Andrew ROBERTSON off

:soccer: 36’ Sadio MANE (Assist Rhys WILLIAMS)
:soccer: 74’ Sadio MANE (Assist Mohamed SALAH)

Never in doubt.

No changes for the Tricky Reds today, as Jürgen kept faith with the same starting eleven that defeated Burnley on Wednesday night. There was good news with the return of both Henderson and Jota to the bench, although I would have left them out and minimised the risk of their being chosen for the Euros. Maybe that’s just me being selfish.

It was good to see fans back at Anfield and the pre-match rendition of the club anthem was delivered with real passion and gusto. The Reds had never lost at home on the final day of the season and, obviously, needed the three points to secure a place in next season’s Champions League.

Anyone who thought that this would be a stroll, with the visitors already in “beach mode” was served an immediate reminder that this would not necessarily be the case. Zaha wriggled past Phillips but his attempted pull-back was blocked by Alisson; Townsend then attempted a cheeky free kick but our bearded Brazilian was again equal to the task.

At the other end, Salah beautifully laid off for the overlapping Trent but the right back couldn’t find a teammate in the box; Trent then smashed a free kick narrowly over the bar. Mané burst clear down the left and found Mo, whose shot was deflected wide; from the resulting corner, Williams headed over when unmarked.

Salah was then released by Mané but his attempt to find the top corner flew narrowly over. Guaita then saved a half-volley from the Egyptian as the Reds started to turn the screw; Robertson dragged a shot wide and then Sadio did the same thing, after a brief break in play due to Nat’s head injury. Phillips returned with a very stylish black bandage around his noggin.

Joel Ward then thwarted Robbo, whose subsequent corner was bundled home by Mané at the back post after Williams had flicked on. Rhys then joined Nat with a head injury, which necessitated another break in play as we approached half time. Thiago had a shot deflected wide; the same fate befell Salah after he had brought the ball down brilliantly.

As the players trudged off for their halftime oranges, it was a familiar feeling: Liverpool well in control and we should have already been out of sight; Palace had shown that they were capable of threatening.

The second stanza started with the home side on the front foot and a series of corners saw Firmino have a header flicked over by Guaita; Palace then had a little spell of possession but didn’t create any clear-cut chances.

Trent played a ball across the face of goal but it was cut out before it reached Mané at the far post; McCarthy then did well to deny Salah as the Egyptian was about to pull the trigger.

Trent and Ayew were both booked for a bit of handbags as we entered the last twenty minutes; Robbo did well to Nick the ball off the dangerous Zaha.

And then Mané settled a lot of Liverpool nerves as he fired home after some neat Liverpool passing, a slight deflection off Cahill leaving Guaita with no chance. 2-0 to the good guys.

There was a rousing round of applause for Gini, probably leaving Anfield for the last time, as he was replaced by Milner with twelve minutes left to play. Salah steered wide- again- soon afterwards when he might have played in Sadio for his hat trick.

Reidewald caught Thiago with a studs-up challenge; Craig Pawson possibly felt a bit sorry for him and only awarded a yellow when a red card might have been waved. Salah had a shot deflected and Guaita was able to save low to his left.

Townsend whipped in an inswinging free kick which Cahill just failed to reach; Ox and Jota replaced Robbo and Bobby as we entered stoppage time. And that was that; three points and third place secured.

Next up is… the summer transfer window. Let’s hope we reinforce effectively before the restart in August; I would just sell as many ineffective squad players as possible to reduce the wage bill and bring in Mbappé but who knows what the club has in mind?

MOTM: Roy Hodgson. The veteran coach has announced that he is leaving Crystal Palace at the end of the season and today’s was almost certainly his last game as a manager in the top flight. He has taken charge of sixteen clubs, spread across eight countries, over the last 45 years and, although he is not fondly remembered for his time at Anfield, it must be borne in mind that he was operating under those shysters Hicks and Gillett. I wish him a long and happy retirement, although there’s a possibility that he may find another job somewhere.


Can we believe it we finished 3rd hip hip hooray :grinning:.


Heard it here first. Outstanding.


Maria do you want a bottle of red or a donation to a charity of your choice… should never doubt Klopp…

Got there in the end, cant wait to see Thiago walk us to the title next season. What a player.


We finished the job.

What is pleasing to me on the side is seeing the much maligned Firmino and Mane making such big contributions in our end of season run to secure CL. Form is temporary, no matter how long, but class is permanent, always. Its as if these 2 took the last games to remind us once again how important they were, are and can be in the next seasons to come.

Now onto the window and building on a strange season. We cannot call it a success by any measure but considering the situations we were in, we did beyond what most would expect us to achieve and this is what this club is about, doing what people think we could not.


Now, for the world to take a leaf out of our book and beat the hell of Covid.


Klopp must be manager of the season, getting top 4 with our reserves.


Amazing finish to the season. Surprisingly no nerves after Alisson scored that late goal. Job done very nicely and finishing third is just amazing given the crazy season we had.

Good to see our players coming in form again. Mane and Salah were really good. Trent lively as always. Gini will be missed. Inexperienced CB pairing shining yet again. A good rest and new season with a lot to look forward to!

Thank you Jurgen, you achieved quiet an impossible feat this season. Brilliant. Legend!


You love to see it.

All credit to the lads. Absolutely immense.

Nobody else in the world would have finished third with the amount of injuries we have had. I love you Jurgen Klopp. Best manager on the face of the Earth


Brilliant. I didn’t think at some point that we’d be back into the top four.

Considering the absolutely awful season we’ve had in terms of injuries, this end of the season - achieved with our sixth and seventh choice center backs, who could finally play a few games in a row and settle our defence a bit - is nothing short of a miracle.

Of course, it needed the help of other clubs imploding towards the end. But our lads took the chance which was offered to them, and finish third in the end. Incredible.

By the way, isn’t it a reflection of our season that two of our players had to be treated with head injuries during the game, and guess who they were? Our two remaining center backs of course! Geeezz… :sweat_smile:

But this heap of shite of a season is now over. We’ll play CL next season, which could be massive for us. Possibly one or two big players might come in, we’ll see. And if everything goes well (touch wood!) we’ll play in front of fans again next season, yeahhhhh!!!



Klopp is a winner. That was one hell of a season ending run.


Glad that season is over and we’re still in the CL.

The football we played in the first and last 3rds of the season shows we’re still a top side. We will be competing for the title next season.

Great send off for Wijnaldum and a good performance from him.

Thiago, Mane and Salah all outstanding today, can’t choose between them.

Up the reds.


Finished 3rd!


Decent end to a shitty season


Great finish to the season. The mentality giants found their way again.

And now … first we take a rest, and then we take Mbappe!


Great achievement to finish third after the lousy injuries we’ve had to put up with all season. Another clean sheet for the back five. Well done to Nat and Rhys who have plugged the giant gap in the middle of defence. Never thought that we would finish in this position two months ago but absolutely made up with the lads efforts and commitment over the last few weeks where the stand out performer has been Thiago. A bit of rest now and ready to go again in the new season.


None of our star players will be leaving for champions league football.