Jurgen Klopp was understandably cautious with his line-up with Manchester United coming up in a double-header in the Europa League.
They also just played until penalties in their League Cup final loss to Man City, before midweek exertions against the same team where they gained revenge.
Coutinho, Clyne and Sturridge were benched so with Origi upfront Liverpool just couldn’t make a difference for some good play early on. The better chances fell to the home side, including Bolasie who was just cut out by Mignolet early on.
Adebayor hit the post with a header that nobody came close to, largely the fault of Sakho who failed to challenge the former Spurs striker.
After 25 minutes Cabaye would’ve got the fans off their seat, but his shot only just hit the side-netting.
Early in the second half Palace made the pressure count after a number of shots were blocked in the box, finally a rebound going to Joe Ledley who fired it through the crowd. It was Firmino who failed to close the shot in as it squeezed through the others.
When James Milner received a second yellow it seemed all over for the visitors, but desperate Liverpool went all out for it with substitute Coutinho pulling the strings.
Keeper Alex McCarthy was at fault for the equalizer, kicking his clearance straight to Firmino, who did well to quickly finish it.
Liverpool actually played better with 10-men and could’ve scored the winner on a few occasions. Substitute Benteke was played in with a header but his shot wasn’t strong enough. Then he had a good chance again toward the end but didn’t place it wide of the keeper enough. Alberto Moreno then lashed a great shot from distance that hit the post.
However with time running out, Benteke was brought down in the box and took the penaly himself. He coolly stepped up to finish it to the right of the keeper and steal the game.