Draw dents Liverpool’s title hopes

Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool
Published Monday, 05 May 2014
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Liverpool's title hopes were dealt a massive blow after they threw away a three-goal lead to draw with Crystal Palace on Monday evening.

Draw dents Liverpool’s title hopes
Gerrard and Suarez after the final whistle. (© PA)

Brendan Rodgers' side appeared to be in total control with goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez giving them a comfortable lead within an hour - however Palace mounted a spirited comeback to score three times in nine minutes and seal a remarkable draw at Selhurst Park.

Two strikes from substitute Dwight Gayle and one from Damien Delaney denied the Reds all three points and left Luis Suarez and Steve Gerrard hunched over in anguish at the full-time whistle.

It means the advantage in the Premier League title race now lies with Manchester City who won at the weekend and are a point behind Liverpool with a game in hand and the better goal difference.

Liverpool will now be relying on favours from City's opponents Aston Villa on Wednesday night and West Ham on Sunday if they are to win a 19th league title - their first in 24 years.

But speaking after the game, Carnlough man Rodgers said he now feels the title race is over.

"We needed to win tonight. It's a massive advantage for Manchester City. I think Manchester City will go on and win the two games and they'll be champions," he told Sky Sports.

"For 75 minutes it was an outstanding performance, we got the goals. We're very disappointed with how we conceded the three goals, it was real poor defending.

"It's been an outstanding season for us, to get to 81 points, but we're disappointed right now. The dressing room's very quiet, as you'd imagine."

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12 Comments
Trust in Me wrote (82 days ago):
Adrian. As they say its not over until its over. Strange things happen in football at times. But i agree with your other comment nobody is going to support a manager from their bitter rivals, even if the went to the same school never mind are from the same country.
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (82 days ago):
@ trust me ! The only twist there is gonna be now is vincent kompany twisting his hands around the premier league trophy lol
Adrian in Coleraine wrote (82 days ago):
@i back rodgers in belfast ! Ohhhh aye of coarse a rival supporter is gonna back rodgers because he is from here catch a grip ! Just like a scottish liverpool fan would have backed fergie because he was scottish , waken up and smell the coffee !
Trust in Me wrote (82 days ago):
I think there is a twist yet. Liverpool should have concentrated on the win and making city have to win their last two games. To claim liverpool are boring is just crazy. As united fan its a rock and a hard place as to who i would rather win the title. We have had an awful season and it really shouldnt matter who wins it as it is not us. Based on titles won though i would edge towards city winning it to keep the two title margin. Oh an YNWA in ards, we have been beaten by many teams this season (too many) but Palace are not one of them. Stop trying to claim its a good point. It was two points thrown away which may well cost you the title if city end up not winning both remaining games.
Iain in Belfast wrote (82 days ago):
Sorry to burst your bubble in bangor. I'm not a united fan so your rant is meaningless. Lack of guts? That would be loserpool, who choked. Rodgers ranted in the defeat to Chelsea that it was easy to teach a team to defend. Look at how many goals they have conceeded this season. Must not be as easy as he claims.
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