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Shay Given blown away by Crystal Palace defender Tyrick Mitchell

Crystal Palace earned a famous 1-0 victory at Anfield against Liverpool on Sunday (14 April) as they picked up their second victory under Oliver Glasner. 

The Eagles had not won in their last five Premier League games and were close to the relegation zone prior to the match. However, back to the wall, the fightback began and Glasner deserves a lot of credit (along with the players) for securing a precious win.

In the first half, Eberechi Eze stunned Anfield when he scored from a brilliant move involving 21 passes. The midfielder was left unmarked in the box, but the swift exchange of passes opened up the Reds’ defence, and Eze made no mistake in slotting home.

Palace maintained a strong defensive shape, and the trio of Eze, Jean-Philippe Mateta, and Michael Olise troubled the Liverpool backline. In the second half, the Reds kept on piling pressure, and Palace defenders were forced to make some great blocks and clearances.

Dean Henderson was called into action to make some great saves as Liverpool searched for an equaliser. Towards the end of the game, Tyrick Mitchell made a fabulous block to deny Mohamed Salah, and Shay Given was seriously impressed by the 24-year-old defender.

Given said on Match of the Day: “Look at Mitchell who is breathing heavily, but they have had to defend really well. I just love this block from Mitchell at the end. He could easily give this up. He could have left Mo Salah run through the keeper but watch this for a block. I love that. Brilliant block from Mitchell.”

With this victory, Palace have now moved eight points clear of the drop zone and they will be confident of picking up more wins in their remaining few games.

The result could have a huge bearing on the title race, as Liverpool slipped to third in the table, two points behind leaders Manchester City.

The Eagles will play West Ham in their next game at Selhurst Park next Sunday. David Moyes’s side have picked up just one win in their last six Premier League games, and Palace will fancy their chances.

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