Premier League: Liverpool thrashes Palace 7-0 to go six points clear

Twin strikes each from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah powered Liverpool's seven goal rout of Crystal Palace as it recorded its first away win of the season.

Roberto Firminho celebrates with Andy Robertson and Takumi Minamino after scoring Liverpool's third goal against Crystal Palace on Saturday.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah each netted twice in a scoring masterclass as the visitors thrashed Crystal Palace 7-0 to record its first away win in the Premier League since September and move a provisional six points clear at the top.

Japanese midfielder Takumi Minamino wasted no time in repaying Jurgen Klopp's decision to start him instead of Mohamed Salah by scoring with just over two minutes on the clock before Sadio Mane twisted and fired home form the edge of the box to make it two in the 35th minute.

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Firmino added a third just before the break, flicking home to finish off a glorious counter-attack that swept the length of the field, and Jordan Henderson added a fourth seven minutes into the second half as Palace fell apart.

Firmino scored his second with a brilliant chipped effort in the 68th and Mohamed Salah came on to score with a simple header before netting with a fine curling shot into the top corner five minutes from time.

The victory puts the Merseysiders on 31 points after 14 games ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who hosts Leicester City on Sunday.

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