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Dejan Lovren praises Liverpool's character after their last-gasp win at Crystal Palace

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Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has praised his side's show of character after the Reds came from a goal behind with ten men to claim a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp's men played to a goalless first half at Selhurst Park before Welsh midfielder Joe Ledley gave Palace the lead just three minutes into the second.

Liverpool's task wasn't made any easier when vice-captain James Milner was sent off for a second bookable offence, however, a mistake by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy handed the Merseyside club some hope as Roberto Firmino pounced on the error, producing a cool finish to level the tie.

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A foul in the box by Damien Delaney on Christian Benteke saw Alan Pardew's men concede a late penalty, which was calmly slotted into the back of the net by the Belgian, prompting wild celebrations from the travelling fans as well as earning Liverpool the three points.

"It was an incredible performance from all of us, especially after the red card," Lovren told Sky Sports after the game.

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He added: "We stepped up and showed our skills and character. I think it was a deserved win.

"After the game against Manchester City, this is [another] lift for every one of us. We will have a tough game again on Thursday in the Europa League.

"It's a good thing for our confidence and all of the supporters. We need to continue like that."

A good day on the pitch for Lovren ended in even more satisfaction as he picked up the Man Of The Match accolade after a commanding display at the heart of the Reds defence.

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The award clearly provides more evidence - if Liverpool fans need it - of the Croatian's improvement under Klopp and further proves that the £20 million signing from Southampton has finally settled at Anfield.

That victory against Pardew's men was Liverpool's third successive league win. Klopp's men will be hoping that run continues as they look to end the season in a European spot.

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