Liverpool vs Crystal Palace LIVE Football Score 23 May 2021
While the title race and relegation battle have already been settled in the Premier League, the fight for Champions League football will take centre stage on Sunday, with Liverpool looking to secure all three points at home to Crystal Palace on the final day of the 2020-21 season.
The Reds and Chelsea have matters in their own hands, unlike Leicester City, and a victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side at Anfield should be enough for them to wrap up a place in the top four.
For the first time in 13 weeks, Liverpool climbed back into the top four after a comfortable 3-0 victory away at Burnley on Wednesday evening.
Roberto Firmino scored his third goal in three games to break the deadlock on the stroke of half time, before Nat Phillips headed in his first goal for the club seven minutes after the break. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain then drilled in the third to seal three crucial points for the Reds, boosting their top-four hopes and improving their goal difference heading into the final day.
Klopp has expressed his delight at how his side have turned their fortunes around after such a poor run of form earlier this year. The German believes that the club are “back on track” to qualify for the Champions League and has labelled Sunday’s showdown with Palace as their cup final.
Indeed, the scale of their turnaround has been stark when taking into account their form at the beginning of the year. Since demolishing Palace 7-0 on December 27, the Reds lost eight and drew three of their next 14 Premier League matches, crushing their hopes of retaining the title.
However, Liverpool are currently the league’s inform side after extending their unbeaten run to nine games, winning seven of these in the process
Liverpool are sure to be full of confidence heading into Sunday’s encounter with Palace, having won each of their last seven top-flight meetings against them by an aggregate score of 22-5.
However, games against teams further down the league table have already cost Liverpool plenty of points throughout this campaign; the Reds have won only six of their 14 matches against the Premier League’s bottom seven teams, albeit Palace currently sit just outside of this group.
Liverpool have won their final league game in each of the last four seasons, their longest run since winning their season finale in 13 consecutive campaigns between 1907-08 and 1923-24.
Klopp’s side will secure Champions League football for next season as long as they match or better Leicester City’s result against Tottenham Hotspur, salvaging something positive from what has been a truly difficult 2020-21 campaign.
- Liverpool have won seven successive Premier League matches against Crystal Palace.
- The Reds have scored 17 goals in the past four meetings.
- Three of Palace’s five Premier League wins against Liverpool have come at Anfield.
- Liverpool are aiming to end the season with a fifth successive league win.
- The Reds have lost six home league games this season – they haven’t fared worse in the top flight since the 1937-38 season.
- Liverpool have won their final league game in each of the past four seasons, and have never lost the final match of a Premier League campaign when it has been at Anfield.
- Sadio Mane has scored in seven Premier League appearances in a row against Crystal Palace.
- Mohamed Salah, who is currently the Premier League’s joint-top scorer on 22 with Harry Kane, has scored in 99 Liverpool matches in all competitions.
- Crystal Palace have lost five of their past seven league matches.
- They have conceded 64 Premier League goals this season – only in 2004-05, when they shipped 71, have they conceded more in a single campaign in the competition.
- The Eagles have lost 17 of their 37 top-flight fixtures, equalling the most Premier League defeats by a Roy Hodgson-managed team in a season.
- This will be Hodgson’s 148th and final Premier League match as Crystal Palace manager.
- He will extend his own record as the oldest person to manage in the Premier League – he will 73 years and 287 days old on Sunday.
- Hodgson has lost all six Premier League matches as a manager against Jurgen Klopp, by an aggregate score of 21-5.