Matchweek 33
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Sun 14 Apr 2024
Kick Off:
Anfield, Liverpool
Att: 60,090
Ref: Chris Kavanagh




Eberechi Eze dealt a huge blow to Liverpool’s title hopes as Crystal Palace secured a surprise 1-0 victory at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp’s side left to rue a glut of missed chances.

Oliver Glasner’s team took a surprise early lead when Eze fired home, as he was left unmarked in Liverpool’s area.

Wataru Endo, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones and Mohamed Salah spurned glorious opportunities to drag Liverpool level, while Dean Henderson chipped in with some impressive saves.

Alisson brilliantly denied Jean-Philippe Mateta, but Liverpool could not make their goalkeeper’s work count as the Reds’ long unbeaten run at Anfield came to an end after 28 Premier League matches, leaving them in third – two points off leaders Manchester City.

How the match unfolded

Eze silenced the Anfield crowd on 14 minutes, slotting underneath Alisson from inside the box to put the Eagles ahead after a slick team move.

A slip from Virgil van Dijk almost allowed Palace to double their tally shortly after, but Andrew Robertson’s sensational last-gasp clearance prevented Mateta’s deft chip from crossing the line.

Liverpool were inches away from finding an equaliser in the 27th minute – Endo’s close-range effort cannoning off the bar following a scramble in the box.

Palace lived dangerously again moments later, with Luis Diaz’s acrobatic effort from inside the six-yard box somehow tipped over the bar by Henderson.

Darwin Nunez was the next to go close for Liverpool, but his powerful effort from Van Dijk’s knockdown was superbly saved by Henderson.

Jota had the goal at his mercy in the 72nd minute, only for former Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne to make a crucial block to prevent a certain equaliser.

Alisson kept Liverpool in it with an incredible reaction save from Mateta’s close-range strike, and Jones should have restored parity when he raced through at the other end soon after, yet he sliced wide when one-on-one with Henderson.

There was to be one more huge chance for Liverpool, with Tyrick Mitchell on hand to prevent Salah poking in from point-blank range as Palace grasped a memorable victory that takes them into 14th, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Leaky home defence proves hugely costly

Liverpool – who were thrashed 3-0 at home by Atalanta in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday – have now conceded in each of their last nine Premier League matches at Anfield.

It is their joint-longest run at home without a clean sheet in the competition (also nine in December 1996 and May 1999).

And ultimately, it was that lack of defensive solidity that cost Liverpool on Sunday, and with such fine margins in the title race, it has swung the momentum in their rivals’ favour.

Glasner’s makeshift backline deliver 

Glasner was forced to deploy a makeshift defence at Anfield, with Clyne slotting in as a third centre-back, yet Palace’s back line delivered a quite magnificent performance to get their team over the line.

Palace had not won in five matches, but this shock result has seen them put some daylight between themselves and the relegation scrap, and the Eagles might now be able to look towards next season with a bit of certainty.

Club reports

Liverpool report | Palace report

Match officials

Referee: Chris Kavanagh. Assistants: Simon Bennett, Dan Robathan. Fourth official: Keith Stroud. VAR: Michael Oliver. Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt.

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Club Reports

Match officials

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Fourth Official: Keith Stroud

VAR: Michael Oliver

Assistant VAR: Stuart Burt

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