- Following Darwin Nunez’s red card, Liverpool was held to a 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at Anfield.
- Having dropped two points at newly promoted Fulham on the opening day of the season, the Reds have already lost ground to title rivals Manchester City.
- Having played two games already, they are already four points behind Pep Guardiola’s champions after their return to Anfield.
- Despite dominating the first half, the hosts fell behind to a cool Wilfried Zaha finish on the break.
- Because of Nunez’s mindless headbutt, Joachim Andersen went to the bath early.
- Jurgen Klopp’s team did salvage a point in the second half thanks to a brilliant Luis Diaz solo goal, but it won’t be one he cherishes.
Liverpool vs Crystal palace Score, Goals
Liverpool had a late flurry of chances, but the visitors held on. During the first 45 minutes of the game, who shot 17 shots? 1-0 up at halftime, they headed into the dressing room with the lead.
Nunez got worse for the hosts as they fought for an equalizer before the hour mark when he was sent off for headbutting Palace defender Joachim Andersen.
After going down a man, Luis Diaz scored an outstanding individual effort to level the game. A left-sided player picked up the ball. In the penalty area, he tiptoed across several Palace defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot past Vicente Guaita.
The 78th minute presented Zaha with a golden opportunity to restore Palace’s lead. After Cheick Oumar Doucoure crossed through the area, his shot at the back post went wide of Alisson’s net.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner said after the game, “Obviously we always want to win our home games. I thought we started pretty well but then kind of lost our way.” The team is definitely talented, and they will always cause problems when they break. It would have been better if we had defended it better.”
With two points from their first two matches, Liverpool sits in 12th place. The difference between Palace and 16th-place Manchester City is one point. A four-point gap separates the leaders from the rest of the pack.
For the first time since 2012-13, Liverpool has failed to win either of their first two top-flight games at home.
After having an extra player for 30 minutes, Palace boss Patrick Vieira was pleased to leave Anfield with a point.
In general, we maintain discipline within our organization. Vieira said: “This is one of the toughest places to perform. It was a really good team performance and I am very happy with the team today.”
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