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5 things we learned in Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday to wrap up their Premier League season. Here are five things we learned from the game.

Football is better with fans

Here’s an obvious one that we already knew – but it’s undoubtedly the standout takeaway from today. Having 10,000 fans in the stands, singing, cheering, providing energy.

We’ve missed it along with everyone else and having Anfield rocking again was magnificent. Hopefully, this is the norm again next season.

Thiago is so, so good

We say it every week now but Thiago continues to grow into this team. His range of passing is just fantastic and he’s starting to take on more presence in midfield.

This should mean big things for next season. You can already see the forwards and full-backs taking advantage of Thiago’s ability. That’s only going to improve.

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We’ll miss you, Gini

Well, that certainly looked like a farewell. Wijnaldum’s contract expires in June and this was likely his final appearance for Liverpool.

And we’ll miss him. He’s had a tremendous five years with the club, winning the biggest trophies and establishing himself as an elite player.

He’s been something of a saviour this season, too. Wijnaldum stayed fit and reliable all season – no other midfielder could. Liverpool would have been far worse off without him.

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Wijnaldum will be hard to replace, maybe impossible to. We’re glad he got his moment in front of the fans.

Unlucky Mo

Just wasn’t his day. Mohamed Salah couldn’t get himself a clear chance on goal throughout the day, robbing him of the Golden Boot.

Harry Kane’s strike against Leicester City put him one ahead of the Egyptian.

A bit of a shame, of course – Salah absolutely deserved something this season after a magnificent season. There’s always next season.

3rd-place finish

We didn’t think this was possible a few months ago but Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 and finish in the top four. What they’ve managed over the last few months has been fantastic.

They qualify for the Champions League despite so many key absentees and despite a wretched run of form to start the year. It’s been a remarkable run over the last month.

Jurgen Klopp deserves a lot of credit, as do so many of the players. And quite honestly, if this side is the 3rd-best in the league, they’re going to pretty special with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson back in.

Roll on next season. Time to get that title back.

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