Fabinho stars vs Crystal Palace as Liverpool edge closer to first-ever Premier League title

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Wednesday’s Premier League action drew to a close at Anfield, with Liverpool playing host to Crystal Palace.

Today could have been the day that the Reds finally clinched their first-ever Premier League title.

However, after a rather mediocre draw with Everton this past weekend, the Merseyside outfit’s coronation was put off for at least a few more days.

As such, Liverpool were no doubt desperate to get one over on the Eagles this evening.

That, on paper at least, looked easier said than done, though, with Palace having been in fine form prior to the recent break.

Liverpool, on the other hand, haven’t looked at their scintillating best for some time now – garnering wins in just two of their last seven outings across all competitions before tonight.

The teams

Liverpool were thankful to welcome both Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson back to their starting line-up vs Crystal Palace. But they were without the services of James Milner and Joel Matip.

Palace were also able to put out a fairly strong eleven.

Liverpool dominate

It would be the near full-strength Liverpool side who dominated the early proceedings at Anfield.

And it was also unsurprisingly the Reds who eventually carved out the first half-chance of the evening, with Georginio Wijnaldum scuffing an effort wide inside seven minutes.

Jordan Henderson would then sky a Sadio Mane cross moments later, an attempt he probably should have done slightly better with.

The early signs were all very much positive from a Liverpool perspective, though, which will no doubt have pleased Jurgen Klopp, considering the Reds’ recent form.

Palace, on the other hand, had an absolute nightmare start. As well as failing to get a grasp on the tie, Roy Hodgson’s side lost star man Wilfried Zaha to injury inside 15 minutes.

The Eagles’ woes continued seven minutes later, as Trent Alexander-Arnold guided a free-kick into the top corner of Wayne Hennessey’s net to fire Liverpool into a deserved lead.

Jordan Henderson then came agonisingly close to doubling Liverpool’s advantage. Another Alexander-Arnold free-kick was punched away by Hennessey, with Henderson having latched onto the loose ball before smashing an effort against the post.

The table-toppers then had a strong penalty appeal waved away, after Roberto Firmino flicked the ball up in the Palace box, leading to a Gary Cahill hand ball. However, a VAR check, somewhat surprisingly, opted against awarding the spot-kick.

Despite seeing their penalty appeal waved away, though, Liverpool continued to exert immense pressure on the London outfit’s backline. And their efforts were once again rewarded shortly before the break, courtesy of a calm finish from the returning Mo Salah.

The first 45 eventually drew to a close with Liverpool boasting a merited 2-0 lead.

Fabinho stars

Despite their two-goal cushion, Liverpool continued to pressure Palace in the early stages of the second-half.

And it took the Merseyside powerhouse less than 10 minutes of second-half action to once again find the back of the net.

This time it was Fabinho on the scoresheet, with the Brazilian having thumped home an absolute thunderbolt of a strike.

And it was arguably the Brazilian who, in amongst some other starring displays, was deserving of the Man of the Match award on Wednesday.

The defensive-minded midfielder was simply unplayable at times, combining his usually solid passing and defensive ability with both a goal and assist vs Palace.

It is also worth noting that Fabinho has won a staggering 41 of his first 50 outings whilst on Liverpool’s books.

Liverpool can win title on Thursday

Liverpool’s onslaught of the Eagles continued 69 minutes in, with all of the Reds’ attacking trio combining to eventually see Sadio Mane slot past Hennessey.

The final whistle would blow with the score at 4-0.

Now, after their drubbing of Crystal Palace, Liverpool could be less than 24 hours away from tasting league glory for the first time in over 30 years.

Liverpool’s latest win puts them 23 points clear of 2nd-placed Man City.

This means that if City leave Stamford Bridge with anything other than three points on Thursday, Liverpool are champions.

Should Pep Guardiola’s men indeed beat Chelsea, though, Liverpool will then be afforded the chance to clinch the title against none other than holders City on July 2nd.

 

Watch highlights of Liverpool 4 – Crystal Palace 0

 

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This article was edited by Benjamin Newman.

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