Liverpool in seven heaven as Roberto Fimino and Mohamed Salah doubles see Reds top table at Christmas

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Roberto Fermino celebrates his second scoring celebration in Liverpool and the 7–0 demolition of Crystal Palace (EPA);
Roberto Fermino celebrates scoring his second at Liverpool in the 7–0 demolition of Crystal Palace (EPA)

As a performance by the Champions, it was Liverpool’s varying performances of precise quality, and a goal of the month competition in a match. This 7–0 win over Crystal Palace was a victory as special and era-defining as what we have seen as Jergen Klopp’s half-decade in charge. And that in a season when they have fallen out of their highest level. It was that good, which was inauspicious for everyone. It was also a record, as he had the biggest win in the league.

They picked it up when needed to rise above the entire league – and usually in low-quality seasons. This may be the case in the title race.

On top of that, it has the potential to be a junction week, and you can understand how transformative a win over Tottenham Hotspur can be. You can see its importance in feedback, and the response in Selhurst Park.

There is also something instructive, seeing the Spurs perform at this stadium only six days ago.

Jose Mourinho’s side had the lead and chance to top it before such an important game, but before suffering a similar approach at Affield, sat back and gave it away. Liverpool won, moved up, and even brightly stepped up for something. They suddenly appear in full command at the top, and close to their top level.

This season has a habit of fooling people and presenting predictions in a ridiculous way, so it may change again in a few weeks.

It is just a habit of fooling the people of Liverpool, at least not at the speed with which they can change a game.

It was described repeatedly in this game, and right from the off.

Jurgen Klopp did not worry about resting Mohammed Salah – who, at least before that, was a staple of Liverpool – was away within just two minutes.

Takumi Minamino stepped in, moving his body wisely, before slotting in a fine target set up by Sadio Mane. He was a sign of improvement from his provider.

Before that, however, Palace were indeed a spell when they saw that they could get something from the game, when they were exposed – yes – to blame for this Liverpool side.

Wilfried Zaha and Jordan AU would play a trick, where the latter had the opportunity to play the easiest to pass, but thwarted it.

It is difficult to know if this would have given them any chance, or would it have reduced the offending scale in the end.

Liverpool ensured that they would not get another chance to sentence in brutal fashion. Mane’s powerful ending perfectly reflected that sentiment.

It was the first goal for Senegal in 10 games, and as any sign ensure they were coming back to form.

Another indication was the sublime quality of the third target. This was somewhat straightforward from the 2018/19 or 2019/20 season, as Andy Robertson and Roberto Fermino exchanged the most expansion of Brazil’s first one-two, before it ended in Brazil. After scoring two goals in 19 matches this season before Wednesday, it was two of three as he went 5–0 with a superb chip.

Jordan Henderson was curling in as the fourth with a grand curling effort, in the midst of whether his own goal was in the midst of the contest, before advice – eventually coming on as a substitute for Mane – From the same side.

Egypt had achieved another worldly sixth goal before that, but that in itself was another ominous sign. There was a hunger for Liverpool, a rage, as they all wanted to get at it; Everyone saw an opportunity to score a goal.

You only had to watch Mane’s reaction to shut it down, and want to get Curtis Jones.

When he regained consciousness, there was more. There may be more to come.

It is all the more impressive that Liverpool has produced which players are still missing, and who have to return. Thiago Alcantara still has slots in it as good as a midfielder.

The afternoon ended with Henderson – possibly BBC Sports Personality of the Year – wondering which target was the best.

But it is not a question of which team is the best, or what was their best performance of the season so far.

It will take a few beats.

Travis M. Andrews
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book "Because He's Jeff Goldblum," a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.