Benteke Comes Back To Haunt Liverpool At Anfield

Jamie Vardy gave Leicester a 2-0 lead in the 52nd minute, but that didn't help the Foxes win as Yohan Cabaye of Palace scored the first goal for Palace while Christian Benteke stole a point for Palace with his third goal in four games.

Philippe Coutinho put Liverpool ahead in the 24th minute with a curling free kick from 25 meters (yards), and the Brazil playmaker spurned a number of opportunities early in the second half before Benteke struck for the second time.

After celebrating his goal, Benteke sought out Palace loanee Sakho, who was sat on the bench due to being ineligible to play against his parent club. We had worked on them in training, we had trained very well.

"We had to go again, change a few things a little bit, the system", he said.

With Manchester City just two points behind them with two games in hand and Manchester United only a further three points behind with the same number of games in hand, the Anfield club will do well to finish above their north west rivals. "It was stupid from us", midfielder Can said. But again we concede a goal after a set piece.

"We can be disappointed after the game but from Monday we have to look forward". We had very good moments.

Fifth-placed United are only three points behind with two matches in hand, but even the Gunners, boosted by booking an FA Cup final place, will find encouragement in closing a nine-point gap with the three additional games they have to fit in.

Suddenly the Merseysiders are taking a keener interest in this week's two derby matches - in Manchester on Thursday and north London on Sunday.

However, with captain Jordan Henderson, forward Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings and defender Ragnar Klavan all now sidelined Jurgen Klopp's squad is looking threadbare.

"They've lost momentum", Graeme Souness said.

Klopp, however, was unhappy with the way his players made it all too easy for him.

"We're top of the league in terms of form - there is probably only Tottenham and Leicester as good as us in terms of what we've achieved over the last seven or eight games".

  • Julie Sanders