Crystal Palace 3 Liverpool 3 – Reds throw title chances away at Selhurst
Super-sub Dwight Gayle helps Eagles recover from 3-0 down to wreck Liverpool hopes of a first league title since 1990
May 5th, 2014
An amazing match at Selhurst Park on Monday night saw Liverpool seemingly look to bolster their goal difference only to forsake a three-goal lead against a Crystal Palace full of fighting spirit and determined to give their supporters one final hurrah this season.
The Reds were highly dominant in the first half although several chances were squandered and Joe Allen’s header from a Steven Gerrard corner was the only goal they had to show for their advantage.
However, quick fire goals from Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge appeared to have not only put the game to bed but also give Liverpool a chance to improve their goal difference and put some pressure on Manchester City ahead of Wednesday’s game against Aston Villa.
There were just eleven minutes left of normal time when the Palace comeback began, with Damien Delaney’s deflected shot reducing the arrears and it was to get even better for Tony Pulis’ side.
Dwight Gayle has had limited first-team chances since arriving from Peterborough last summer, although the striker found the net in the 81st minute and he fired home an equaliser which sent the Palace supporters bouncing as they rescued a point from a heavy losing position.
Liverpool’s defending ultimately let them down, with Brendan Rodgers having to look at that department in the summer and Manchester City beating Villa on Wednesday will pave the way for the latter to reclaim their title.