Liverpool FC dropped two points at Crystal Palace after taking a 3-0 lead but somehow conceding three goals in a space of twelve minutes to end up with a draw. Goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge, and Luis Suarez gave Liverpool a three goal advantage and they looked sure to get another two or three goals. Manager Brendan Rodgers mentioned in his pregame comments that they would look to make up the goal difference with Manchester City and they looked on their way to doing that. Crystal Palace apparently had other ideas and despite the three goal deficit, they fought back and fought hard.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on the draw to Crystal Palace:
As you’d imagine [the dressing room] is very quiet. for 75 mins it was an outstanding performance, you know we got the goals. The important thing was to win the game tonight to at least put some sort of pressure on Manchester City but very disappointing how we conceded the three goals. It was real poor defending was what cost us there and they showed great spirit to come back. Even at 3-0 in the modern game is always a difficult score but really the comfort we had in the game and the quality we showed to get 3-0 up but you’ve gotta manage the game better than that.
Brendan Rodgers on the poor defending:
It’s…it’s decision making. We look at the goals we can do better on the first one, they played a short free kick… we’ve got to close the ball down quicker on the edge of the area, you know it takes a deflection and it goes in and its 3-1 up with 12 minutes to go and extra time the games still alive so… its very disappointing.”
Damien Delaney opened the scoring with a deflected effort that seemed nothing more than a consolation at the time. Then Crystal Palace’s super sub Dwight Gayle made his big impact with two goals within eight minutes and sent Selhurst Park in to an absolute frenzy. Both sides had a chance at taking the lead with Liverpool substitute Victor Moses coming closest but he could not get a good shot on goal. The result takes some of the pressure off of Manchester City who now only need four points from their final two games to win the Premier League title.
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