Liverpool, who started the season by winning the Community Shield, lost their way early in the league. While title rivals Manchester City are flying, Liverpool have stumbled in the first two matches.
The Allreds, who avoided defeat after falling behind twice in the previous match, dropped points again against Crystal Palace. An even bigger upset on the day was Darwin Nunez’s red card in the 1-1 draw.
Hosts Liverpool drew 1-1 against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Monday (August 15). After Wilfried Zaha took the lead in the second half, Luis Diaz equalized for the hosts. Liverpool played with one less for most of the match.
- It could have been Liverpool’s day. Nunez, Diaz, Milner were desperate to attack from the kick-off. But sometimes the Palace goalkeeper, sometimes luck stands in front of the All Reds. The guests make good use of that opportunity.
- On the other hand, in the 32nd minute, Alison Baker made a fool of a great counter attack. Scored by Ivorian forward Wilfried Zaha.
- Liverpool almost scored in first-half stoppage time. Núñez took a shot from the corner of the small D-box after taking Harvey Elliott’s cross off the chest. But the shot was blocked by the post. There were no more goals before the break.
- The incident happened in the 56th minute of the second half. Nuñez left the field after losing his temper and head-butting opponent Iwakhim Anason in the face after seeing a straight red card. However,
earlier the Eagles defender pushed and provoked the Allreds striker.
The incident of the red card lost the attention of both the teams. In that opportunity, Luis Diaz saved the team from defeat. At the end of 60 minutes, Colombian striker Diaz sent the ball into the net with a bullet shot from outside the D-box.
Palace had a chance to go ahead in the 78th minute. Zahar’s volley to the far post from a teammate’s extended cross hits the outside of the post. After that, none of the two parties could create an opportunity to tell. So Jurgen Klopp’s team had to be content with draws in the opening two matches of the season.
After two matches in this draw, the Allreds have dropped to the 12th position in the points table. On the other hand, Manchester City and Arsenal are in the top two of the points list with two consecutive wins.