Crystal Palace chairman comments on Liverpool fans' approach towards Benteke

Jurgen Klopp had laid the blame at the feet of Liverpool's defenders as Christian Benteke scored twice in a 2-1 win for Crystal Palace. "We have to try everything. Obviously it won't be easy for us".

As a result the Merseyside giants failed to take advantage of Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Arsenal all being in FA Cup action over the weekend and their fate of securing Champions League football is no longer in their own hands.

"Everyone thinks the Champions League has slipped through our fingers but we have one more month to stay positive".

Former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke returned to haunt his old side on his return to Anfield, a ground he loves scoring on as an opposition player, netting both goals to turn around a game which had begun with Philippe Coutinho's brilliant free-kick giving the hosts the lead. The loss means Klopp's side can be ushered out of the top four if Manchester United and Manchester City win their games in hand, but the German is by no means ready to wave the white flag.

Liverpool have conceded 42 goals in their 34 Premier League games so far this term, an average of 1.2 goals conceded per match.

"I know what everybody's saying but we have to bounce back", Klopp said.

"You can say that because when you look at the bench it is very young", added Can, referring to the naming of Rhian Brewster, who has only just turned 17, alongside fellow teenagers Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez as substitutes against Palace.

A place in next season's Champions League is now anything but certain for the Merseysiders.

'We saw the other teams won and it put a bit of pressure on us, ' said Palace winger Andros Townsend.

"He's one of the most experienced players in the squad and he got it wrong on both occasions, trying to jump in and nick the ball", Carragher told Sky Sports, for whom he now works as an analyst.

As the tie continued with Liverpool looking to get the much needed second goal, Benteke struck once again with a sublime header to win it for the visitors.

With just four games remaining for Liverpool, it appears as if despite being in the top four for the majority of the season, they may drop out right when it matters.

"We have now five or six days to train until Watford, so we will use it and then go to Watford".

  • Julie Sanders