Liverpool clocked up a cool deserved victory at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace after falling behind in the first 16 minutes. Strikes from England internationals Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana were enough for Liverpool to exorcise their Selhurst Park demons to secure their place in the quarterfinals of the FA Cup.
Brilliant this > The Traveling Kop at Selhurst Park https://t.co/ktmizXHmla
— MostarLFC (@MostarLFC) February 14, 2015
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers exalt praises to his team for responding the way they did after falling behind despite dominating possession.
“I thought we were outstanding. After that first goal that they scored, I thought the team was very good. It was certainly a different feeling to when we were here before. I think you saw the confidence in the team and the composure today.”
The result was not only warmly received by the Liverpool manager, but it also left the fans purring as Liverpool record yet another impressive victory, continuing a 16-game unbeaten run since that 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
We had previously failed to win at Selhurst Park in our 6 latest tries. Finally got that win tonight.
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) February 14, 2015
Yes finally broke the selhurst park curse
— zคשเєг ツ (@SamTheMan_xD) February 15, 2015
That second half was perfect from #LFC. Incisive with the goals and then completely killed the game. Seemed an easy day's work in the end.
— Tom McMahon (@TomMc_Sports) February 14, 2015
The turning point of the game may well have been the introduction of Mario Balotelli. The Italian came on after the half-time interval and immediately Liverpool’s attack seemed quicker and brighter due to his introduction.
Rodgers believes that Balotelli may still have a successful Liverpool career ahead of him should he continue to perform at this level.
“He’s starting to really work and really focus on his job and the team. He got the winner against Tottenham and did very well. He did very well today. He had good strength and got good power on the free-kick, which forced the ‘keeper to make the save and Adam gets the finish. Earlier in the season we played a diamond and those two [Sturridge and Balotelli] played together and did very well.
The Liverpool fans were also ready to congratulate their number 45.
Balotelli was good when he came on. Joe Allen was excellent at retaining possession. Coutinho definitely needs a rest though.
— Darragh Ward (@DarraghWard98) February 14, 2015
Correct sub by Rodgers to bring Mario on at half time. Put in a good shift and created the winner. Control of the final 15 mins was great.
— MrBoywunder (@MrBoywunder) February 14, 2015
It's a very small sample BUT Liverpool have scored 5 goals in the 94 mins that Sturridge and Balotelli have been on the pitch together
— Andrew Beasley (@BassTunedToRed) February 14, 2015
With the team in full gear, Liverpool may be relishing the fight on multiple fronts. With Turkish giants Besiktas next on the schedule, Liverpool will be seeking another cup win to continue their impressive run. However, victory at Selhurst Park will resonate for a long time for many associated with the club.
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