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It was a great finish by Firmino.

Roberto Firmino's goal vs. Crystal Palace could have been ruled out for bizarre reason

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Liverpool made hard work of their 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace.

Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated for large periods during the first-half but unconvincing defending meant they were only 3-2 ahead at the break when the match really should have been over.

While the first-half was a goal fest, the second 45 remained tense with Palace looking for a way back into the match as Liverpool hoped to preserve their lead.

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The game was in the balance until the 71st-minute when Roberto Firmino’s lovely dink gave them a two-goal cushion and ensured the three points.

But what if we to tell you that, according to the law, the goal maybe shouldn’t have stood.

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Take a look at the strike and try to work out why:

Nope, it wasn’t offside. Nor was there any foul in the build-up.

Give up?

Ok, we’ll tell you.

The goal could have been ruled out because Firmino took off his shirt before the ball had even crossed the line.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool - Premier League

As we know, taking your shirt off to celebrate a goal is a cautionable offence - something that the Brazilian does regularly when he scores.

But, with Firmino whipping off his top before the ball had even gone in, the referee could have picked the striker up on it and ruled out the goal.

The law reads: "If play is stopped to caution the player, an indirect free kick shall be awarded to the opposing team from the position of the ball when play was stopped."

Ok, it’s pretty unlikely that a referee wouldn’t just use common sense - like Andre Marriner did at the weekend - when seeing the ball about to cross the line.

But maybe the Liverpool star should think twice before taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal.

Could you imagine if Marriner had actually cancelled the goal because Firmino had taken off his shirt too early? It would have caused an uproar.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool - Premier League

Anyway, Marriner did the right thing and allowed the goal to stand helping Liverpool achieve another three points. It leaves them level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the Premier League with Firmino already scoring four league goals.

Liverpool fans won't mind how many yellow cards Firmino picks up by taking off his top if he keeps scoring important goals for the club.

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Steven Gerrard
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Roberto Firmino
Jamie Carragher
Crystal Palace
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