Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace: Luis Diaz rescues point for Liverpool after Darwin Nunez red - Premier League match highlights
|Luis Diaz celebrates after helping Liverpool to a draw in a tempestuous premier league battle against Crystal Palace on Monday. (Photo credit: ESPN)|
Premier League will humble you, title contender Liverpool have played twice and have only two points on the log, already four points off the pace and we wonder what level of twists we’ll get to see again in the two-week old league season.
Crystal Palace lost to Arsenal on the opening day but signs were there and it was easy to see what the manager Patrick Vieira was trying to do.
Vieira tweaked the line up that hosted Arsenal with Odsonne Edouard left out for Wilfred Zaha to play upfront with Eberechi Eze and Jordan Ayew on his flanks.
Liverpool started Harvey Elliot and Nathan Phillips with Darwin Nunez making his home debut for the Kops.
Liverpool played out a 2-2 draw in their opening game away to Fulham and everyone expected fireworks at Anfield but Palace had other ideas.
Mohammed Salah was stifled on the right by Anderson and Marc Guehi and Luis Diaz became the only functioning outlet.
Eze sent a through ball to Zaha just after the hour mark and the Ivorian forward wheeled away in celebrations after slotting the ball past the on-rushing Alison Becker.
Liverpool went on the offensive from there and Salah, Diaz and Elliot were all denied at point blank range before the half ended.
The second half wasn’t different; Liverpool continued to press but disaster struck not long after.
Darwin Nunez introduced himself to the fans in a bizarre manner; a tug with Joachim Andersen ended in the Liverpool new man head-butting the Dane and referee Paul Tierney sent him off.
Liverpool didn’t stop anyways, they kept attacking
One would be disappointed at the Eagles for sitting back despite a man up, Liverpool got their equalizer from a sensational effort from Diaz.
The South American danced round the edge of the Palace area and unleashed one past Vincent Guaita.
The closing exchange saw Liverpool plugging hard but only settled for another draw.
Liverpool play Manchester United next and would now need a win to keep their title hopes alive or surrender as early as week three.