324 seconds of pain - Lallana's injury curse continues as sub is subbed

Dean Simpson
April 1, 2018

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Mohamed Salah after scoring the match victor against Crystal Palace, with what was the Egyptian's 37th goal in all competitions this season.

Crystal Palace got an early lead in the 13th minute when Luka Milvojevic successfully guided the ball past Loris Karius from the penalty spot.

With the win, Liverpool practically secured a berth in the UEFA Champions League next season, as they reached their 66th point, one more than third-placed Manchester United and 10 ahead of Chelsea, which is in fifth, reports Efe. Joe Gomez and Emre Can picked up knocks while on duty for England and Germany - Alexander-Arnold and James Milner coming in for them.

Salah is set to be a key man when Liverpool meet domestic rivals Manchester City in a tantalising quarter-final clash, with the first leg at Anfield on Wednesday.

Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson evaluate Liverpool's performance against Crystal Palace after Salah's heroics at Selhurst Park.

After Mane's equaliser, the odds were on Liverpool pushing on to win, but had Benteke converted at least one of his chances, their disorganisation at the back would have been punished further.

Mane levelled four minutes after the break, but, having already been booked for diving, was later given a huge let off by referee Kevin Friend when he deliberately handled the ball just outside his own penalty area.

England star Adam Lallana's rotten injury luck strikes again, the midfielder carried off on a stretcher just five minutes into a second-half cameo - to raise fresh doubts about his ability to be fit for the summer's World Cup in Russian Federation.

DF Joel Matip, 5 - Didn't get off to the best of starts as he struggled to deal with the power of Christian Benteke.

Following the game, Klopp piled on the praise for the Egyptian.

Robertson is really loving playing with Liverpool, isn't he? After an terrible start to the season and the sacking of Frank de Boer, Roy Hodgson has turned things around, but they're not clear of danger yet.

"For Sadio it was not a flawless day and he made the wrong decision to put his hand on the ball", said Klopp.

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