Crystal Palace played their part as spoilsports on Saturday as they defeated Liverpool 3-1 during Steven Gerrard’s farewell match at Anfield.
It was the former England international’s last match captaining the Reds in front of his own supporters before he jets off to the MLS and joins LA Galaxy.
Palace have improved dramatically since Alan Pardew’s return, but the Merseysiders went into the encounter confident of giving their skipper a winning send-off.
Following Adam Lallana’s first-half strike, the plan was seemingly on track until the visitors equalised just before half-time thanks to a wonderful goal from James Puncheon.
Two more goals from Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray in the second half ultimately put paid to Gerrard’s winning goodbye, though it did have other implications for the visitors.
3 - Crystal Palace have scored three goals in a game at Anfield for the first time. Spoilsports.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) Mayo 16, 2015
As per Opta Stats, the Eagles’ 3-1 victory at Anfield was the first in their 109-year history that they’ve managed to notch three goals at Liverpool’s historic stadium in all competitions.
Moreover, it was Palace’s second ever league victory at Anfield and Alan Pardew has featured in both, firstly as a player way back in 1991 and now as manager.
Pardew’s side’s impressive victory snapped a four-game losing streak and maintained their position of 12th in the Premier League table, two points behind Everton in the top half.