Carragher: This Liverpool player has awoken from mid-season slumber

Watch a preview ahead of Sunday's Premier League action as Crystal Palace travel to Liverpool

Striker Christian Benteke returned to haunt his old club with both goals in a 2-1 Premier League win which saw Crystal Palace significantly dent Liverpool's Champions League ambitions.

However, the visitors hit back just before half-time as Joel Ward played in Yohan Cabaye on the right with a long ball and the Frenchman's quality cross was tapped home at the back post by Benteke to equalise in front of the Kop.

It is now five goals in his last five games for the tall Belgium striker, who equalized at Anfield in the 42nd minute with a sidefooted finish before stooping to head home the victor from a corner in the 74th.

The Reds, who have remained unbeaten in the English top-flight since February 27, sit third in the standings heading into the weekend, six points clear of fifth placed Manchester United.

Roberto Firmino has scored in his last two Premier League games against Crystal Palace.

Palace are probably safe now, but the real damage has been done to Liverpool's bid to finish in the top four.

Benteke struck late in each half to seal the points and ease the pressure on lowly Palace after Philippe Coutinho had put Liverpool ahead in the 24th minute with a direct free kick.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp had few game-changing options - he named 17-year-old Rhian Brewster, born in April 2000 on the bench because of injury to Daniel Sturridge - and Liverpool failed to threaten in what was left of the game.




Klopp insists they have not blown their Champions League chances despite opening the door for Manchester United and Arsenal, both with games in hand, to catch them in the race for the top four.

"He has come alive these last couple of months", Carragher said on Sky Sports 1's live coverage of the Liverpool-Palace match. However, before the game had restarted, he was seen shaking hands with Mamadou Sakho - a player on loan from Liverpool at Palace.

The club's disappointing start to 2017 was followed by criticism that Jurgen Klopp's men were one dimensional, yet Matip feels the players went some way towards defying that belief through the manner in which they picked up away wins at Stoke and West Brom.

With a lead to protect, Palace stayed compact, and Liverpool couldn't engineer enough space between the lines to break them down.

"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".

They are now seven points clear of danger, and has assured them of another season of top-flight football.

"I spoke to the boys after the game and told them it's frustrating and disappointing, we made mistakes, that's all true, and we have to feel it today, that's how defeats are".

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