As Manchester United continued their stirring revival under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who enjoyed a record seventh straight win at the start of his caretaker reign with a 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, Palace were threatening the shock of the day. Andros Townsend, who had also struck a glorious goal in their startling win at Manchester City in December, had given the Eagles a first-half lead, offering them the prospect of their fourth win in five visits to Anfield. The hard-earned victory had a potentially pivotal feel, leaving Juergen Klopp’s side on 60 points from 23 games, seven clear of Manchester City, who had lost 3-2 at home to Palace. Pep Guardiola’s champions must now play catch-up again by winning at bottom club Huddersfield Town on Sunday. It put United in a provisional fifth place before sixth-placed Arsenal hosted fourth-placed Chelsea in the day’s late match at the Emirates Stadium.