23 Apr 2017

'Shambolic': Lineker, Riise, Carra blast 'poor' Liverpool for Palace loss; Klopp slates 'unbelievable' Benteke goal

What a fiasco. 3rd placed Liverpool have been kicked to the kerb by 16th placed Crystal Palace for the third time in three seasons, and here is a selection of post-match reaction.

* Jurgen Klopp"It feels harsh and frustrating. We have to strike back. If we want to go to the Champions League, we have to win our next games"

* Gary Lineker: "Superb win and performance from Crystal Palace. Liverpool's defending at corners is shambolic".

* John Aldridge: "That's as bad as I've seen at home all season. Could be in a bit of trouble now. Watford is massive".

* Graeme Souness: "As a defender you've got to think of the worst case scenario all the time. [Dejan] Lovren gets it all wrong. It's poor defensive play from him".

* Jamie Carragher: "I was critical in commentary about the lack of action from the bench. The changes were only made when it was 2-1 and it was far too late".

* Sam Allardyce: "Liverpool are pretty weak at corners and it won us the game. We were tactically exceptional. With our limited possession, we exposed their weaknesses time and time again".

* Jurgen Klopp: "Their equaliser was unbelievable. I know what happened but I don’t know why".

* John Arne Riise: "Poor game. No tempo. Not much created. Palace defended well as a team. Benteke two goals. Lovren poor on defending the ball in behind. Marking not there in the box. Big step back this regarding top four."

* Andros Townsend: "We have made a habit of upsetting the big teams and have done it again thanks to the big man [Benteke]".

* Christian Benteke: "I was motivated. We knew it was going to be hard to play against them, but I give all the praise to the lads for the hard work.”

Luckily, Man City, Man Utd, and Arsenal will drop points as a result of having to play each other, so the Reds may just qualify for the Champions League by default.


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