Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace: Reds title charge blocked at Anfield


Liverpool have picked a terrible time to end their winless run in their first three games of the season, losing 1-0 to Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp's team has fallen behind Manchester City and Arsenal on the title advantage leaderboard, their 71 points are two behind City and level with the Gunners ahead of Arsenal and Aston Villa's 11:30 a.m. ET kickoff.

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Crystal Palace, meanwhile, received a huge boost as the three points took them to 33 points on the season, with just five matches left on the schedule and eight points clear of the bottom three.

Eberechi Eze's goal coincided with the return of Michael Olise to the starting lineup, while midfielder Adam Wharton also starred and Dean Henderson made five saves in a win that rekindled the Premier League title race.

No one expected this possible end of Jurgen Klopp's era

that was unexpected. This is worth saying again.

Liverpool created countless chances on Sunday but it was not until a disappointing final sub on the pitch for Harvey Elliott in the 83rd minute that Liverpool could again lose a seismic home game to Palace at Anfield.

But it happened. Just days after Jurgen Klopp's Reds suffered a shock defeat to Atalanta in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final, the Reds suffered a serious blow to their Premier League title hopes. Throw in last week's PL draw with Manchester United, and there are heavy callbacks to the failed 2014–15 run-in (although that happened much later in the season).

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There is dark humor in an opinion shared PST earlier this week – that Klopp's Liverpool are not a team that can afford to lose to Palace on their home turf. The mentality was very strong. And to be fair, it is; The Reds dominated Palace but never found an equaliser, let alone a winner.

As Klopp walked off the field in despair and the Palace fans sang louder than the stunned home squad at Anfield, it was clear that no one at Liverpool expected anything other than an unfortunate silverware run in Klopp's final year. Wasn't even expected. This fairy tale may still go Liverpool's way, but right now it's a bit like the original Grimm's tales – dark and stormy.

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What will happen next?

The Reds travel to Italy on Thursday after losing 3-0 to Atalanta in the first leg. It will start at 3 pm ET. Next up is a visit to Fulham at 11:30am ET on Sunday before the Merseyside derby at Everton in midweek.

Crystal Palace will host West Ham on Sunday at 10am ET.

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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Final Score: 0-1

Goalscorer: Eze (14')

Still in the palace and time is passing

We saw Dominik Szoboszlai come on for Wataru Endo at the half, then Alexander-Arnold for Bradley a few minutes later.

After this Klopp called Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota and now finally called Harvey Elliott in the 83rd minute.

Anfield are still waiting for an equaliser. It's tense at Anfield, as Curtis Jones' missed breakaway is one of several great chances that went to waste.

The second half was almost all Liverpool and by the start of the 85th minute the Reds had 75% of the ball in the second half and 11–2 shot attempts.

For the game, the stats are 67% and 18-8.

Big opportunities for the Reds

It's too early to say if this could be “one of those games”, but Palace are getting some breaks.

Curtis Jones' attempt to side-volley an incisive cross from Mohamed Salah goes wide of goal, just before he takes an unmarked boot on the lower foot that smothers him.

The ensuing corner ends with Darwin Nunez firing a shot at Henderson's foot from close range.

Liverpool are knocking on the door, but Palace remain in the lead.

Liverpool injury – Connor Bradley out

It's the re-introduction of Trent Alexander-Arnold, but probably a good quarter hour – at least – earlier than planned, as Connor Bradley leaves with a heavy limp.

Even in the 48th minute, Palace was ahead 1-0.

Halftime – Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

It could easily be 2-2 or more.

Palace chairman Steve Parish, former boss Roy Hodgson, and current manager Oliver Glassner will all be shaking their heads with varying emotions, as the Eagles are much better with both Eze and Olise on the pitch. Imagine if Chek Doucouré were healthy to pair with Adam Wharton.

But of course, Liverpool are up for it and should have goals themselves.

Shots are 7-6 for Liverpool, but Palace have four shots on target (the Reds have three on Henderson). Palace are leading xG and Liverpool have 63% of the ball. What a half for 1-0.

liverpool dangerous

The Reds are now setting up shop in the Palace end, and Oliver Glasner will want Palace to fight their tendency to protect an edge, especially here.

Wataru Endo took a good chance off the bar and it fell down but was saved by curling over the line. to close.

Now Robertson's cross was met by Luis Diaz flying at the back post, and the Colombian would have achieved an all-timer of a highlight with his airborne side volley, but Dean Henderson was well on hand before flicking the ball into the back of his own side netting. Responded with.

Goal line clearance!

JP Mateta beats Virgil van Dijk and runs towards goal.

Mateta throws it over the attacking and sliding Alisson, but Andy Robertson flies back and slides in to collect the ball just before it crosses the line!

Eberechi eze goal! Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace (14th minute)

We're feeling apocalyptic.

Michael Olise finds Tyreek Mitchell, who turns the left corner and delivers a pass towards the heart of the 18.

Eze races into the right spot between Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate and it's 1-0 for the visitors.

bright start

Palace are much brighter when Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze are both healthy and starting, but it can sometimes change the way the opposition plays games.

This is not the case with Liverpool, who are almost always at full throttle, so there is a lot of energy on the pitch at Anfield. Please tell us more about this.

liverpool lineup

Alisson, Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson, Endo, Jones, McAllister, Diaz, Salah, Nunez

Crystal Palace Lineup

Henderson, Clyne, Anderson, Lerma, Mitchell, Munoz, Wharton, Hughes, Olise, Eze, Mateta.

liverpool focus, team news

The Reds finally look healthy, although it didn't help on Thursday. Trent Alexander-Arnold was available from the bench and Diogo Jota returned from the loss. Alisson Baker could come back and it would be a wonderful sight, even if Caoimhin Kelleher had not been poor.

Out: Joel Matip (torn ACL – out for the season), Thiago Alcantara (groin). Doubtful: Alisson Becker (hamstring)

Crystal Palace Focus, Team News

Michael Olise is getting closer to starter's fitness. Palace are very dangerous when both Olise and Eberechi Eze are on the field. But the Eagles have suffered major losses due to injuries to Marc Guhy, Chris Richards, Odsonne Edouard and the long absence of Cheque Doucoure.

Out: Chris Richards (knee), Marc Guhy (knee), Matheus Franca (adductor), Sam Johnstone (elbow), Rob Holding (ankle), Cheque Doucoure (Achilles – out for season), Odsonne Edouard (knee). Suspect: Jesus' thigh


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