Luka Milivojevic: I had never experienced anything like Crystal Palace’s 7-0 thrashing against Liverpool

BY SAM SMITH

Luka Milivojevic has described the feeling of losing 7-0 against Liverpool as nothing he has ever experienced before.

The Reds were rampant at Selhurst Park and led Crystal Palace by three goals to nil half-time. They then bettered that effort by scoring four without reply in the second half.

“It’s tough, honestly. It’s very hard to speak after those kind of defeats,” the Eagles captain reflected to BT Sport. “I’ve never had something in my life like that. They were so clinical today, they had something like eight shots at goal and they scored seven goals. They’re a very dangerous team on a counter-attack and they punished every single mistake.

“They opened the game very well after two minutes, that got them to 1-0. We were in the game after that in the first half and we had some chances. We created four or five nice chances in the first half and maybe we should have scored some goals. But after that, [Liverpool] counter-attack, 3-0. At half-time, my feeling on the pitch was that we didn’t deserve to be 3-0 down.

“The second half, we tried not to drop and tried to keep them down to 3-0. We tried not to concede more, we tried to come back into the game but it’s a brutal result. They are a top team – 7-0 is very bad.”

Milivojevic believes the South Londoners can respond to the thrashing with a positive result against Aston Villa on Boxing Day. Palace were actually on a good run of form having been unbeaten in three games.

But the 29-year-old has also warned that losing 7-0 is unchartered territory for many of Palace’s squad.

He continued: “We have a lot of experience in the group. The problem is, we don’t have players with those kind of experiences – to concede that many goals.

“It’s very hard to speak after this defeat but that’s football. They conceded seven goals against Aston Villa, City have conceded six, Tottenham have conceded five. That’s the level of the Premier League. We go again to Aston Villa next week and try to turn around the vibe and get some points.”


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