- Emre Can has conceded that Liverpool were “stupid” to allow Crystal Palace to put a dent in their top-four ambitions at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds are now looking anxiously over their shoulder following a 2-1 defeat to the Eagles. A familiar face returned to haunt them on Mers...Emre Can has conceded that Liverpool were “stupid” to allow Crystal Palace to put a dent in their top-four ambitions at Anfield on Sunday. The Reds are now looking anxiously over their shoulder following a 2-1 defeat to the Eagles. A familiar face returned to haunt them on Merseyside, with Christian Benteke bagging a match-winning brace. Wijnaldum: Liverpool still fighting Jurgen Klopp’s side, who still sit third, are now just three points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United having played two games more than their arch-rivals. "It was stupid from us," Can told the club’s official website. "But we have got to go again and it is still in our hands. If we win the last four games, we will reach the Champions League. That has to be the target. It has to be." Liverpool were once again undone by balls into the box against Palace, with deficiencies from crosses and dead-ball situations having been an all-too-familiar theme running through the Reds’ season. "We should have won this game. Again it was a set piece,” added Can. Schalke dismiss Liverpool interest in trio “We had worked on them in training, we had trained very well. All the set pieces in training we had done very well. "But again we concede a goal after a set piece. It was stupid. We are frustrated, disappointed. It is always the same. We controlled the game, I think we didn’t play too bad but then we conceded two goals from two chances…. It’s very disappointing." Liverpool are next in action against Watford on May 1, when they will be looking to repeat a 6-1 mauling of the Hornets from earlier in the season.
- Georginio Wijnaldum has urged his Liverpool team-mates to keep fighting as they continue to chase Champions League football in the closing weeks of the season. Liverpool's top-four hopes were dealt a blow on Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace at Anfield. Schalke...Georginio Wijnaldum has urged his Liverpool team-mates to keep fighting as they continue to chase Champions League football in the closing weeks of the season. Liverpool's top-four hopes were dealt a blow on Sunday when they were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace at Anfield. Schalke dismiss Liverpool interest in trio Jurgen Klopp's men remain third in the table, but they are in danger of being caught by Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal, who have all played at least two games fewer. Wijnaldum refuses to throw in the towel, though, and is determined to bounce back against Watford next week. "As long as there is a chance to qualify for the Champions League, we have to believe in it," Wijnaldum told the official Liverpool website. "If you do not believe you can reach it, it is already done. We must have the confidence and stick together, helping each other out in moments like this. Klopp: Liverpool dominated Palace "We will fight for the Champions League spot. That is the only thing we can do now. We cannot change what happened against Palace, so we have to look forward. "Against Watford we can change everything and get a good result. We have to look game by game and at the end of the season we will see what happens."
- Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has laughed off suggestions Liverpool are set to sign Sead Kolasinac, Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka. The Gelsenkirchen club lost Joel Matip to Liverpool last year and reports in England suggest the Anfield side have now set their sights ...Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel has laughed off suggestions Liverpool are set to sign Sead Kolasinac, Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka. The Gelsenkirchen club lost Joel Matip to Liverpool last year and reports in England suggest the Anfield side have now set their sights on three more Schalke players. Nevertheless, Heidel says he is unaware of any interest from Liverpool, believing his good relationship with Jurgen Klopp means he would know if there was any truth in the reports. "I happen to know some guy in Liverpool quite well," Heidel told RevierSport. "Jurgen and I have such a good relationship that I have always been in the loop on everything. This time I do not know anything. That means the English media knows nothing either. "I do not know who the Liverpool scouts are monitoring. Not even Klopp always knows what they are up to." Kolasinac, 23, has an expiring contract with Schalke, but the Bundesliga side remain hopeful of keeping the left-back at the Veltins Arena. He has also been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea. Both Meyer, 21, and Goretzka, 22, have contracts until June 2018.
- Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hinted at his frustration after Crystal Palace came from behind to win 2-1 at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday. Third-placed Liverpool had the chance to close the gap on the top two, with Chelsea and Tottenham in FA Cup action, and they look...Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hinted at his frustration after Crystal Palace came from behind to win 2-1 at Anfield in the Premier League on Sunday. Third-placed Liverpool had the chance to close the gap on the top two, with Chelsea and Tottenham in FA Cup action, and they looked on track after Philippe Coutinho's stunning free-kick put the hosts ahead. Liverpool sick of the sight of Benteke But the visitors battled back, with a brace from former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke ending a seven-match unbeaten run for Klopp's side, much to the annoyance of the German. "I had to say a few words to the boys," Klopp told Sky Sports. "I know what everyone is saying, that we have to win it, do this and that. "Crystal Palace are a good side but we dominated the game, that was clear. We had very good moments. It is not easy to create chance and chance and chance. "Today it was a defeat and makes sense for me to say a few words. We were not at our best. We tried everything - changing systems - but it didn’t work that well because we had a bit of nerves. There are games to play and we will be ready." Palace's sixth victory in their last eight league games handed Allardyce his first ever win at Anfield and the Crystal Palace manager explained how he aimed to exploit Liverpool's weakness at defending set pieces. "I think the key was tactical," Allardyce told Sky Sports. "They have lost six goals on corners in the first and second phase. They use a zonal system and don't mark men. If you get on the move you may get a chance. "It shows the character in the team and quality finishing of the team. If you ask Wayne Hennessey how busy he was you will realise how good we were. "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." SA: Christian's in great goalscoring form at the moment, he's never stopped getting in the right positions.#CPFC
- Christian Benteke returned to haunt Liverpool with a double as Crystal Palace took another huge step towards securing Premier League safety with a 2-1 win at Anfield. Sam Allardyce's men looked to be in real trouble in February, but their triumph on Merseyside added to similarly...Christian Benteke returned to haunt Liverpool with a double as Crystal Palace took another huge step towards securing Premier League safety with a 2-1 win at Anfield. Sam Allardyce's men looked to be in real trouble in February, but their triumph on Merseyside added to similarly impressive wins against Chelsea and Arsenal, taking them seven points clear of the bottom three. Liverpool were by no means at their fluid best in the first half and it ended up being an act of individual brilliance which gave them the lead, Philippe Coutinho's stunning free-kick giving Wayne Hennessey little chance. Benteke continued his habit of scoring against the Reds just before the break, though, slamming into the roof of the net to convert for the fourth time in his last three Anfield visits as an opposition player. Liverpool were no less dominant after the break and created chances more frequently, with Coutinho particularly prominent. But their profligacy proved their undoing and Palace punished them, with Benteke providing Jurgen Klopp a costly reminder of his talents with the winning goal 16 minutes from time, giving Allardyce's side a huge boost and leaving Liverpool's top four hopes a little less certain. Liverpool were on top from the start and dominated the early exchanges, but chances were difficult to come by against a compact Palace defence. Palace were first to go close, with Benteke powering past a couple of challenges and caressing a 20-yard effort just wide of the bottom-right corner 21 minutes in. It ultimately took a moment of magic three minutes later for Liverpool to break Palace's resolve, Coutinho bending a sumptuous 30-yard free-kick over the wall and into the left side of the goal. Emre Can should have added a second, but the German – teed up by Georginio Wijnaldum 12 yards out – inexplicably scuffed a first-time effort so badly that it almost hit the corner flag. Palace made the most of that let-off. Yohan Cabaye laid the ball on a plate for Benteke and the Belgian smashed home from close range. The hosts began the second period with renewed focus and the terrific Coutinho went close to a second early on, seeing his eight-yard effort brilliantly blocked by James Tomkins. Coutinho threatened again in the 56th minute, arriving late in the area to meet Nathaniel Clyne's cross with a fierce header which was deflected into Hennessey's hands. Palace took encouragement from Liverpool's wastefulness and Benteke made sure they were made to rue their misses, diving to meet Jason Puncheon's delivery with a header from the six-yard box. Liverpool remain third with a three-point advantage over fifth-placed Manchester United - 2-0 winners at Burnley earlier on Sunday - who have two games in hand, one of which is against Manchester City who sit third. Key Opta stats: - Liverpool lost at home in the Premier League after opening the scoring for the first time since May 2015, also against Crystal Palace (1-3). - Sam Allardyce won his first Premier League match at Anfield as a manager, in what was his 14th attempt with the fifth different club. - Crystal Palace are the first team to win on three consecutive Premier League trips to Anfield since Chelsea in October 2005.