Published Monday, 05 May 2014
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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