Liverpool set a new record in their 4-0 win over Crystal Palace on Wednesday. It’s one that will never be beaten.
The Reds were utterly dominant as they crushed Palace. All four goals were fantastic, too, leaving their opponents with no chance.
Trent Alexander-Arnold whipped in the first from a free-kick before Mohamed Salah collected Fabinho’s inch-perfect pass for the second. Fabinho rifled in a third and Sadio Mane finished a brilliant counter to wrap things up.
But the goals are only half the story, in truth. Palace couldn’t cope with anything Liverpool had to offer, be that going forward or defensively.
While the goals were an obvious highlight, Jurgen Klopp showered Liverpool’s counter-pressing in praise after the game. But a statistic goes even further to show how good they were.
According to Opta, Palace didn’t manage a single touch in Liverpool’s area during the game. This is the first time that’s happened since they collected that data (2008/09).
It’s an incredible record – one that, obviously, can never be beaten – and it highlights the incredible level of dominance that Liverpool had over Palace.
This was the complete performance and one that is in the running for best of the Reds’ season. We’ll tackle that one when the season is over, of course, but for now, we can safely say that this was one of the finest defensive performances we’ve seen from this side.
They didn’t let Palace get going whatsoever and while we’ll remember the goals, this was an historic performance in that regard.