Alan Pardew came away from Anfield having watched his side give an excellent performance and was delighted to leave with maximum points on a day when the world's media was focused on another story.
"We knew what the narrative was today and the agenda, we talked about it and thought it was important we carried the level of importance from Chelsea and Manchester United.
"The only difference today was we probably had a bit more control with Chamakh coming into the team. We have missed him. Puncheon was terrific. Those two gave us a level of control. After the first 15 minutes and the mistake we made, we improved."
The pace in the side was a major factor in Palace's dominance and Yannick Bolasie was a constant threat to the home side.
“Bolasie showed today where he is in his world. He’s got power, pace and he’s a threat. But the final goal didn’t come for him today.
“I’ve played him through the middle a few times now. He’s scary to play against, he’s got that scare product."
The season comes to its conclusion next week against Swansea City and Alan feels that there is plenty to be excited about looking ahead to the club's future.
"It must be quite exciting for the Chairman and the board. We are solid financially and with a few additions we could challenge for a top eight place.
"It is still difficult to get players through the door, but I think results like this one will help us.
“We’ve been terrific away from home, phenomenal, but haven’t got the balance at home. A win against Swansea could put us in the top ten."
As Gerrard came in from the post match lap of honour the Palace boss added his own tribute to the occasion.
"It is very difficult to put into words what Steven has done for Liverpool. I can only speak as a fan and a lover of football for what he has done for England.
"He has carried the nation at times and we should all be honoured to have someone who has conducted himself that way."
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