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Watch Roberto Firmino score clutch goal in Liverpool FC win vs. Crystal Palace

Watch Roberto Firmino score clutch goal in Liverpool FC win vs. Crystal Palace

Minutes after Liverpool FC looked set to drop points, Roberto Firmino stepped up.

The Brazilian forward pounced on a loose ball in the Crystal Palace box to score in the 85th minute, sealing a nervous 2-1 win for the English Premier League-leading Reds. 

Sadio Mané gave Liverpool a 1-0 lead early in the second half after VAR overturned Palace's apparent first-half lead. But Wilfried Zaha equalized for Palace in the 82nd minute, setting up a nervous finish for the reigning UEFA Champions League winners. 

But as Liverpool have done time and again this season, they found a way to grab all three points despite a late deadlock. 

In five of their 12 Premier League wins this season, the Reds have taken the lead in the 70th minute or later. All five of those victories have come from Sept. 28 onward, and Liverpool's 3-1 win over Manchester City just before the international break was the club's first league win by more than a goal since Sept. 14 (3-1 over Newcastle United). 

But with an eight-point lead atop the Premier League and a title drought approaching three decades, Liverpool surely won't complain. 

Watch Liverpool's Sadio Mané score after VAR wipes Crystal Palace goal

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Watch Liverpool's Sadio Mané score after VAR wipes Crystal Palace goal

The English Premier League leaders caught a break in the first half Saturday, and their leading scorer took advantage early in the second. 

VAR overturned Crystal Palace's apparent first-half goal against Liverpool FC on Saturday at Selhurst Park, ruling a Palace player pushed a Liverpool defender in the box before James Tomkins' headed effort just before halftime. 

In the 49th minute, Sadio Mané gave the Reds a 1-0 lead, chesting the ball to himself and striking it into the ground past Palace keeper Vicente Guaita. 

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Mané's eighth goal of the Premier League season moved him two goals clear of Mo Salah for the Liverpool lead, and put the Reds in position to extend their unbeaten streak to 13 games. 

With third- and fourth-place Chelsea and Manchester City set to kick off later in the day, Tomkins' header could have opened the door in the title race ever so slightly. But Liverpool, which eventually won 2-1, maintained an eight-point advantage over second-place Leicester City.

Crystal Palace-Liverpool FC live stream: Watch game on NBC Sports Gold

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Crystal Palace-Liverpool FC live stream: Watch game on NBC Sports Gold

The Crystal Palace-Liverpool FC matchup between looks to be a good one on Saturday, but there are some hindering factors for the Reds. They could be missing starting forward Mo Salah and left back Andy Robertson due to injuries.

The club is currently leading the Premier League with 34 points and is unbeaten through 12 matches (11-1-0).

Crystal Palace, on the other hand, has lost four of the last five matches, falling to 12th place in the league. The squad has not beaten Liverpool since April 23, 2017, and has yet to do so at home in Selhurst Park since Nov. 23, 2014. That's five years to the day of Saturday's match.

Here's how to watch Crystal Palace-Liverpool exclusively streaming on NBC Sports Gold. 

When: Saturday Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT 
Live Stream: NBC Sports Gold 

All but one match during Saturday's 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT window will air only on NBC Sports Gold. Here is the remainder of the schedule: 

Brighton vs. Leicester City
Bournemouth vs. Wolves
Watford vs. Burnley
Everton vs. Norwich City