PL roundup:Liverpool holds off crystal palace in vanguard sports ,
Premier League roundup: Liverpool survives pesky Palace, while Manchester United wins seventh straight .
Crystal Palace has a history of costing Liverpool the Premier League title. But if the Reds are going to slip up again this season, it won’t be because of their old nemesis.
Mohamed Salah scored twice, including the go-ahead goal midway through the second half, as Liverpool fended off Palace 4-3 at Anfield to retain the top spot in the league table for another week.
In May 2014, Liverpool blew a three-goal lead at Palace and settled for a draw, all but ending its quest to win the top flight for the first time in the Premier League era. Those demons surely bubbled back up when Andros Townsend expertly finished a well-weighted Wilfried Zaha ball into the box to give Palace a first-half lead:
But Liverpool, which dominated the run of play for vast stretches and suffocated Palace’s back third with possession, finally finding an equalizer right after halftime when Mohamed Salah poked home a deflected Virgil van Dijk shot from distance:
Roberto Firmino handed the hosts the lead in the 53rd minute, only for James Tomkins to draw Palace level in the 65th minute, bringing back the butterflies for the Anfield faithful.
Salah’s second goal in the 75th minute restored the advantage to Liverpool, although in truth the man most responsible was Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni. He made a meal out of attempting to punch James Milner’s cross away, or corral it, or whatever he was trying to do, and Salah pounced:
Manchester United 2, Brighton & Hove Albion 1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remained perfect as Man United’s interim manager, winning for the seventh time in seven matches across all competitions.
Six of those wins have come in the Premier League, and United has closed the gap on fourth-place Chelsea from 11 points to three. Part of Solskjaer’s success has been a more easygoing approach,