Rafa Camacho's injury-time tackle on Wilfried Zaha that Jurgen Klopp has called 'really massive'

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It could be an extremely long four months for Liverpool fans if Saturday is anything to go by.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had the opportunity to momentarily go seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League when Crystal Palace travelled to Anfield.

And it was a very nervy 90 minutes as the Reds came from behind to triumph 4-3.

Palace were leading 1-0 at half-time and also made it 2-2 with 25 minutes remaining.

And Roy Hodgson’s side still didn’t give up after Sadio Mane had made it 4-2 to Liverpool in the 93rd-minute.

The away side went up the other end and immediately make it 4-3 to set up an anxious final few seconds for Liverpool

And there was even time for Wilfried Zaha to pick up the ball in the Liverpool box.

Anfield held its breath as Zaha faced up 18-year-old Rafael Camacho.


Camacho had only just come on after James Milner was sent off for picking up two yellow cards.

But the youngster produced a tackle that Klopp has since described ‘the most important challenge of his life.’


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Seconds later, referee Jon Moss blew his whistle as everyone associated with Liverpool breathed a huge sigh of relief.

And the German boss has since paid tribute to Camacho for his role in helping the side see out their victory.

“I told him immediately after the game that he'd already made the most important challenge of his life," Klopp said, per the Liverpool Echo.

“I'm not sure he really got it – he looked at me like 'What is he talking about?' – but it was really massive.

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“He's good in defensive challenges. He's an offensive player in his mindset and everything but look at our full-backs and where are they most of the time? You need these offensive skills.

“On the other side there will be moments when you are alone on the pitch against a world class player and they are looking to nutmeg you or whatever.

“It is the learning process Robbo (Andy Robertson) went through. He was a fantastic left-winger but played full-back and now he is a full-back. That's really cool.

“I was really happy in that moment but I have seen similar situations from him (Camacho) before.”

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Following Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury and Milner’s suspension, Camacho may be called upon when Leicester visit Anfield on Wednesday 30 January.

Klopp’s decision to loan out Nathaniel Clyne to Bournemouth is now looking rather questionable…

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