Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace
Goals: Luis Diaz (61e) for the Reds// Zaha (32e) for the Eagles
Sent off: Núñez (56e) for Liverpool
Klopp is no longer laughing.
Liverpool missed the boat again on Monday, conceding a second consecutive draw at Anfield (1-1). From the start of the meeting, the Reds attempted to suffocate Crystal Palace’s five-man defence. A sharp cross from Alexander-Arnold gave Darwin Núñez the first big chance of the match, but the Uruguayan striker completely missed his volley (11e). Paralyzed by the incessant assaults of the Liverpool players, the Eagles were cornered in their part of the field during the first act. But against all odds, Pat’ Viera’s men were the first to shake the net. Following a lightning counter-attack, Eze perfectly launched Zaha in depth and the Ivorian did not tremble by placing a clinical flat foot on the opposite side (32e, 0-1). The reaction of Reds was not long in coming: launched by Elliott, Núñez saw his shot hit the post (44e).
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The match changed when Darwin took for Zidane (57e), the new darling of Anfield headbutting Andersen following a falling out between the two. Direct red card, but Luis Díaz decided to take out the superhero cape. After slaloming the defense of Palace, the Colombian released a missile which finished small net (61e, 1-1). In a great night, Zaha was very close to punishing Liverpool by hitting the post following a delicious cross from ex-Lensois Doucouré (78e). The score will remain there, despite a final volley from the young Carvalho (89e). It has been ten years since Liverpool won at least one of their first two Premier League games.
Pep Guardiola on the verge of drawing a cigar.
Liverpool (4-3-3): Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Phillips (Gomez, 63e), Robertson (Tsimikas, e) – Fabinho, Milner (Henderson, 63e), Elliott (Carvalho, 79e) – Salah, Nunez, Diaz. Coach : Jurgen Klopp.
Crystal Palace (5-3-2): Guaita – Clyne, Ward, Andersen, Gehi, Mitchell (Richards, 79e) – Doucouré (Hughes, 79e), Schlupp (Olise, 88e Eze (Milivojevic, 79e) – Ayew (Edouard, 63e), Zaha. Coach : Patrick Viera.