Mamadou Sakho speaks out about his celebration with Christian Benteke v Liverpool

Just when Liverpool looked on course to secure a top-four finish after wins against Stoke and West Brom, they reverted to type by losing at home to Crystal Palace.

Although the Reds are still third in the table, they could be overtaken by both Manchester City and Manchester United if they win their two games in hand – although they do play each other – while Arsenal would draw level with them in they win their three games in hand.

Despite Philippe Coutinho’s superb free-kick opening the scoring, Liverpool fell to a 2-1 defeat after a brace from former player Christian Benteke.

WHY SAKHO CELEBRATED

He claims that he remained seated at first but, when Benteke came over, he couldn’t refuse to do their ‘hand check.’

“When Christian scored, I stayed seated as I didn’t want to celebrate by respect for the club to which I belong and the fans,” Sakho said. “But when he came over to me, I stood up and did what we always do as friends, our hand check.

“There was nothing behind it, nothing else to imply by it. Just two friends who are playing for the same team and who have the same goal, which is to get the three points at each game to make sure the team stays in the Premier League.

“If we were losing 2-0 and Christian reduced the score, we would have also done it if he came to me.”