Crystal Palace have been, and remain, one of Liverpool’s bogey teams. Old habits and familiar failings cropped up once again when Scott Dann grabbed a late winner from a set-piece in front of the travelling support after Philippe Coutinho cancelled out Yannick Bolaise’s first half goal to wrestle control back from Alan Pardew’s side in an encounter that the hosts were unlucky not to get something from.
“I am satisfied with some moments, but the problem is you have to play for the whole 95 minutes,” mused Reds boss Jurgen Klopp in his post-match press call. “If you are satisfied with 60 minutes of the game then sometimes it is enough. But sometimes it is not, and today it was not. That’s a problem,” he continued, conceding that his side didn’t do quite enough to keep their six match unbeaten streak alive. “It’s not a problem to lose a game of football, of course. That happens all the time, but we have to learn the right things. If we learn from this defeat, then it will be a very important defeat.”
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Despite falling behind to an early goal, Liverpool looked to be the better bet to take all points, controlling the up tempo game for long swathes, but they remain unlucky in front of the net with a paltry 18% of their shots troubling Eagles ‘keeper Wayne Hennesey. While there’s obvious improvements to be made there, Klopp was quick to point out another troubling sight — people leaving the stadium after Dann put the visitors ahead.
“The goal came after 82 minutes. Twelve minutes to go (eight plus stoppage time), and I saw many people leaving the stadium. I turn around and saw them go. I felt pretty alone at this moment! We decide when it’s over. Between 82 and 94 minutes, you can make eight goals if you want! But you have to work for it,” stressed the Reds boss before going on to clarify his remarks. “Look, I say what I think, please don’t make it bigger than it is. I’m not disappointed. There are reasons,” he continued, before putting the onus to perform squarely on his team. “But we are responsible, we have to make sure that nobody can leave the stadium a minute before the last whistle, because anything can happen. That’s what we have to show. Today, we didn’t. I don’t want to argue. Everything is ok, but we can do better. Tonight and in general.”