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

Marcus White

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. 

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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 Roberto Firmino score clutch goal in Liverpool FC win vs. Crystal Palace originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area

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