Liverpool 1 – 1 C Palace


Luis Diaz salvaged a 1-1 draw for Liverpool towards Crystal Palace at Anfield regardless of Darwin Nunez having been sensationally despatched off for a headbutt on his full debut.

Wilfried Zaha’s first-half purpose had given Palace the lead towards the run of play and when Nunez reacted foolishly to a push from Joachim Andersen, Jurgen Klopp’s facet regarded set for a depressing defeat of their first dwelling recreation of the Premier League season.

Along with his group needing one thing particular, Diaz offered it with a high-quality solo purpose that utterly altered the temper at Anfield. It was the spectacular Palace who got here closest to a winner when Zaha struck the publish however the draw means each side stay winless this season.

Participant scores

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (7), Van Dijk (7), Phillips (4), Robertson (6), Fabinho (6), Elliott (7), Milner (7), Salah (7), Diaz (9), Nunez (2)

Subs: Tsimikas (5), Henderson (6), Gomez (7), Carvalho (6)

Crystal Palace: Guaita (7), Clyne (7), Andersen (8), Guehi (8), Mitchell (8), Ward (7), Doucoure (7), Schlupp (7), Eze (9), Ayew (7), Zaha (8)

Subs: Edouard (6), Richards (6), Milivojevic (6), Hughes (6), Olise (n/a)

Man of the match: Luis Diaz

How the drama at Anfield unfolded

Liverpool had dominated the primary half an hour however Zaha’s breakaway strike after glorious work by Eberechi Eze shocked them. Nat Phillips, the defender making his first Premier League begin for 16 months, struggled to deal with the Palace counter-attacks.

Zaha may even have doubled the benefit quickly after when eluding Phillips as soon as extra however his heavy contact allowed Alisson to smother. Liverpool needed to await stoppage time till their greatest probability of the primary half when Nunez hit the publish with a mistimed shot.

Liverpool's Darwin Nunez walks off the field after being shown a red card
Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez walks off the sphere after being proven a pink card

The Uruguayan’s fortunes didn’t enhance. Whether or not inexperience, frustration, or each, his pink card was so rash and although the supporters within the Kop chanted his title, it was a pricey error. The one comfort was that his team-mates responded in adversity.

None extra so than Diaz.

His purpose was sensible, gathering the ball out huge on the left earlier than chopping inside past three Palace defenders and curling his shot into the far nook of the online. However it was greater than the purpose. His urge for food to win the ball again lifted the group.

Liverpool pushed for the winner, Mohamed Salah and substitute Fabio Carvalho each going shut. However, right down to 10 males, there have been gaps for Palace to use. Had Zaha discovered the opposite facet of the publish late on, Patrick Vieira would have felt it was a deserved win.

For Liverpool, the hole to Manchester Metropolis is 4 factors already.

‘Attracts are like defeats when chasing Man Metropolis’

Sky Sports activities’ Jamie Carragher:

“It has been a horrible begin points-wise, however I believed they had been excellent tonight with the way in which they reacted with 10 males. Attracts are defeats now as Manchester Metropolis set the bar so excessive.

“To offer Metropolis a four-point head begin, sure there’s a lengthy technique to go, it is a powerful act to catch one of many best groups within the Premier League.”

‘Second of insanity from Nunez’

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Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez was proven a straight pink card for a headbutt

Sky Sports activities’ Gary Neville:

“The story tonight is Nunez, not solely the primary headbutt, however to then go once more.

“He is correctly gone for Andersen. There was no historical past of that at Benfica, he did not get despatched off there. That is the stupidity tonight. It will likely be a steep studying curve for him. It is a second of insanity. It is a correct butt, Andersen will really feel that.

“We do not know why he is accomplished it. I’ve accomplished two or three issues like this in my profession. We do not know why we react. We don’t know. We go off and suppose ‘what did I simply do’ – actually. I kicked a ball at a fan at Everton and did an analogous factor in a recreation towards Steve McManaman. It is that pink mist. It comes over you.”

Klopp: ‘It was like there was a witch within the constructing!’

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Jurgen Klopp talked of witchcraft given the variety of accidents at Liverpool

Liverpool supervisor Jurgen Klopp on harm disaster:

“The actual feeling I’ve in the mean time is I am proud as a result of the whole lot went towards us in the course of the week. It was loopy, it was like there was a witch within the constructing. Placing in a efficiency within the circumstances, I am actually happy with that.

“It is not the beginning we needed however that is the least of my issues as a result of it is actually tough in the mean time with accidents. We have now to make use of the subsequent week to possibly deliver one or two again. We misplaced Darwin right now which does not assist however Bobby (Firmino) could be prepared for subsequent week. It is not a priority, it is only a begin.”

Vieira: ‘Actually good Palace group efficiency’

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Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira mentioned his group’s efficiency towards Liverpool

Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira on the purpose:

“There are plenty of groups coming to Liverpool that might be proud of some extent, however right now we performed a very good recreation collectively and I am happy with the purpose.

“Total we saved our organisation and self-discipline. It is a actually powerful place to come back and carry out. We created some actually good probabilities, in a troublesome interval we caught collectively and defended nicely. It was a very good group efficiency, I am actually proud of the group.”

Key stats from a dramatic recreation

  • Liverpool have did not win both of their first two video games in a Premier League season for the primary time since 2012.
  • The final time the Reds went onto raise the top-flight title having did not win their first two video games in a season was in 1981-82.
  • Crystal Palace have averted defeat away at Anfield within the Premier League for the primary time since April 2017, ending a five-match shedding run towards the Reds on Merseyside.
  • Liverpool have conceded first in every of their final six Premier League video games, their longest run since a run of six between April and August 1997.
  • However Liverpool are unbeaten of their final 21 Premier League video games, the longest present run within the competitors.
  • Darwin Nunez turned the second Liverpool participant to be despatched off on his first Premier League look at Anfield after Joe Cole towards Arsenal in 2010.

Fantasy Premier League stats

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace FPL stats

Targets Zaha, Diaz
Assists Eze, Milner
Bonus factors Diaz (3), Elliott (2), Alexander-Arnold (1), Eze (1)
Pink Card Nunez

What’s next?

The following recreation for Liverpool is a big one as they make the brief journey to Previous Trafford to face winless Manchester United on subsequent week’s Monday Evening Soccer. Crystal Palace are in motion earlier than that as they host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

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