Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke defends Liverpool goal celebrations

Liverpool's hopes of securing the top-four finish they need to reach their European objective were dealt a blow on Sunday as they lost 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

Benteke and the on-loan Sakho, who was ineligible to play against his parent club, staged an encore performance at the conclusion of the match, causing some to interpret the move as a message to Klopp. It is a defeat, however, that he says can not be allowed to fester.

As we have seen all too often this season, sloppy goals were conceded against lesser opposition, as Christian Benteke came back to haunt his former club with both goals for the visitors.

"I think when you talk about possession Liverpool had a huge amount but chances on goal we were right up there with Liverpool and we were more clinical". "It was stupid from us", midfielder Can said.

All the set pieces in training we had done very well. We were very happy, obviously. All the set pieces in training we had done very well but again we concede a goal after a set piece.

"Five games to go, pick as many points up as we can and then - when we are mathematically safe - we will have a little celebration".

"I spoke to the boys after the game and told them that yes, it feels frustrating, it's disappointing, we made these mistakes but that defeats always make sense".

Jurgen Klopp's side are now third in the table, two and three points ahead of Manchester City and Manchester United respectively, but crucially have played two games more.

City face United this week, while Arsenal travel to North London rivals Tottenham at the weekend, but Can said he believed four wins from the final four games would be enough for Liverpool.

"We have to look forward". But again we concede a goal after a set piece.

"Some of the other top teams will play against each other and we will give it our best". One of the top teams will drop points and that is a good thing.

  • Zachary Reyes