Liverpool recorded an historic win on Saturday by beating Crystal Palace 7-0. We pick out our three favourite aspects of a sensational performance.
Sadio Mane looked great against Crystal Palace and got his first goal since mid-October. For some perspective, it was his first Liverpool goal since Virgil van Dijk has been out.
It was a fantastic one, too. Mane picked the ball up in the box, turned on a postage stamp, and smashed it into the corner. And he did it in a flash.
That was the sharpest the player has looked in quite some time. He was unlucky not to get a second, too, as a later effort narrowly deflected wide.
We’d written before the game how Mane could complete a perfect week with a goal. He did just that. It’s wonderful to see him back in form.
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Takumi Minamino just about managed to get his first Premier League goal before passing the one year mark at Liverpool. And it was the most important of the bunch.
The Japan international looked superbly composed in the box, dancing past a tackle or two to finish. It set Liverpool on their way inside just a few minutes at Selhurst Park.
Hopefully, this can help Minamino kick on to greater effect at Liverpool. He’s needed a moment like this and you could see with his celebration how much it meant to him.
He probably should have scored a second but we won’t hold that against him. This was a great first step.
Perhaps the most miraculous thing about the 7-0 win was that every single goal had an assist.
Actually, we can go one better – every goal had a different player provide the assist. That’s a Premier League record.
It goes someway to showing just how complete a performance this was. The team was in complete sync and used that to tear Palace to shreds.
This was undoubtedly Liverpool’s best performance of the season so far but in a lot of ways, it was their best of 2020.