Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce said victory over Liverpool had made his life much easier ahead of a busy week with fixtures against Tottenham and Burnley.
Philippe Coutinho’s free-kick put Liverpool in front midway through the first half, but Christian Benteke levelled just before the break and then headed in what proved to be the winner in the 74th minute.
“I can breathe a little easier,” Allardyce said. “Thirty-eight points has been very good in the last 10 years. We have five games to go so this one is so important.
“We have Tottenham on Wednesday and Burnley after that. It lifts the pressure on us.
“I am worried these lads can’t reach this level when they don’t have time to recover. I may have to make huge changes to make sure we compete with Tottenham.”