“We have to make sure that we just fight in each game like it’s the last game and the boys do that. I’m completely fine with 4-3.”
Klopp might be “completely fine” but behind closed doors he would surely prefer the calm assurance of Liverpool’s previous result, a 1-0 victory at Brighton and Hove Albion, especially as good fortune was a huge factor in beating Hodgson’s side.
Palace were the last team to beat Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League, in April 2017, and a repeat of that feat looked possible when Andros Townsend swept home the impressive Wilfried Zaha’s pass after 34 minutes.
Yet, in a similar manner to last month’s astonishing fluke goal from Divock Origi that beat Everton late on in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool made the most of some bizarre luck within 60 seconds of the second half commencing.