Crystal Palace crashed to the Reds at home in a keenly contested game in the Premier League.

The highly entertaining affair saw five goals enter the nets in just the first half. Defensive concerns and the strong attacking prowess of both sides made the game one to watch. A new record was set as five goals were scored before the break – making it the most in a first half this term in the Premier League.

Emre Can got the first goal in the 16th minute, but James McArthur quickly got the equalizer for the hosts. Dejan Lovren put Liverpool ahead in the 21st minute and McArthur got another equalizer in the 33rd minute, setting the mood early for an interesting clash. McArthur became the second Crystal Palace player to score two headers in the same Premier League game. Liverpool showed their superiority when Joel Matip got the third just before the recess.

After the break, Roberto Firmino scored the fourth to put the game beyond Palace. The victory ensured Liverpool secured their fifth in six league games. They share the same points with log leaders Manchester City and Arsenal. The only difference being the goals difference. Liverpool’s attack has been impressive – with Philippe Coutinho playing a key role – but the team has still not gotten their affairs at the back in order yet. Lovren allowed McArthur get two goals twice in a space of minutes.


English Premier League outfit Crystal Palace is set to bid for Newcastle star player Andros Townsend.

Palace wants to trigger the release clause of Townsend’s contract but would have to wait till the England international returns from holiday this month.

Andros Townsend joined The Magpies in January from Tottenham Hotspurs for an initial Eight million Pounds and has been in fine form over the second half of the season. The 24-year old player was even called up as a replacement for injured Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck but was later omitted from the final 23 man squad that will play in France at the Euro 2016.

Townsend scored four goals in the 13 games he played but couldn’t save Newcastle from relegation. The player is believed to be keen on remaining in top flight football and would not favour the move to the Championship. United paid a total transfer fee of 13 million Pounds in January but has now set a release clause of eight million Pounds for clubs who finished last season in the top half and 10.5 million Pounds for those who finish in the lower half of the table. (more…)