Liverpool continued their unbeaten run with a frenetic 4-2 win over Crystal Palace to keep up with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League table.
The Reds’ attacking prowess once again proved crucial, with chances galore for both teams and their defence still looking occasionally suspect.
Crystal Palace came from behind twice in the first half, with James McArthur twice taking advantage of defensive errors to head past Loris Karius after Liverpool had taken leads through Emre Can and Dejan Lovren.
Joel Matip took advantage of terrible marking to head Liverpool into a 3-2 lead before half-time before Roberto Firmino chipped the ball delicately over Steve Mandanda to take Jurgen Klopp’s side joint-top of the league table.
Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho could both have added the goal tally with Mandanda producing quality saves to keep out a rampant attacking performance that confirmed Liverpool’s position as title challengers.
Here are my three star men from the game:
The undoubted man of the match, Coutinho completely ran the game and looked unstoppable.
The Brazilian provided two superb assists for Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip and was denied his own place on the scoresheet by some quality saves by Steve Mandanda. Jamie Carragher said during the week that he could play for any team in the world and he’s proving why.
I doubt many of us expected this blonde bombshell to feature in one of these lists this season, but he absolutely deserves a spot.
Coming in for James Milner after the vice-captain was ruled out by illness, Moreno provided a dynamic attacking threat down the left wing, combining well with Coutinho and provided the assist for Emre Can’s opener.
Defensively, questions will continue to be asked but he produced none of the glaring errors that have littered his career so far.
More of that please Alberto.
I am still in disbelief that we managed to get Matip on a free in a world where John Stones and David Luiz both moved for over £30 million.
Numerous Premier League defenders have been given nightmares by Christian Benteke, but Matip dealt well with the powerful Belgian and even managed to score his first goal in English football with an unmarked header to restore Liverpool’s lead.
But no matter how good he is, those forward runs will always give me heart attacks.