Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace: Luis Diaz equalizes after Darwin Nunez is sent off for spot-saving header for Reds

Luis Diaz salvaged Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace at Anfield despite Darwin Nunez having been sensationally sent off for a header on his full debut.

Wilfried Zaha’s first-half goal had given Palace the lead against the run of play and when Nunez stupidly reacted to a Joachim Andersen push, Jurgen Klopp’s side looked set for a miserable defeat in their first home game of the Premier League season.

With his side needing something special, Diaz delivered a fine solo goal that completely altered the mood at Anfield. It was impressive Palace who came closest to a winner when Zaha hit the post, but the draw means both sides remain winless this season.

Player ratings

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (7), Van Dijk (7), Phillips (4), Robertson (6), Fabinho (6), Elliott (7), Milner (7), Salah (7), Diaz ( 9), Nunez (2)

Subs: Tsimikas (5), Henderson (6), Gomez (7), Carvalho (6)

Crystal Palace: Guaita (7), Clyne (7), Andersen (8), Guehi (8), Mitchell (8), Ward (7), Doucoure (7), Schlupp (7), Eze (9), Ayew (7), Zaha (8)

Subs: Edouard (6), Richards (6), Milivojevic (6), Hughes (6), Olise (n/a)

Man of the Match: Luis Diaz

But the Reds could have done without Núñez’s upcoming three-match ban as the injury crisis continues to grow with Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino missing against Palace.

Meanwhile, midfielders Thiago Alcantara, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, defenders Ibrahima Konate and Calvin Ramsay and striker Diogo Jota and backup goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher are unlikely to be available for Monday’s trip to Manchester United. live on Sky Sports.

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Speaking about the injury situation, Klopp said: “It was a crazy week – I’ve been through a lot of weeks but it was like we had a witch in the building.

“It’s not the start we wanted, but that’s the least of my problems because it’s very difficult at the moment with injuries. We’ll have to use next week to get one or two back. We lost Darwin today, which we didn’t help Bobby. (Firmino) could be ready for next week. It’s not a worry, it’s just a start.”

How the drama unfolded at Anfield

Liverpool had dominated the first half hour but Zaha’s strike after excellent work from Eberechi Eze caught them by surprise. Nat Phillips, the defender making his first Premier League start for 16 months, struggled to cope with Palace’s counter-attacks.

Zaha could even have doubled the lead soon after when he eluded Phillips once more, but his heavy touch allowed Alisson to smother. Liverpool had to wait out stoppage time until their best chance of the first half, when Nunez hit the post with an errant shot.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen caused Darwin Núñez to be sent off, but admitted Núñez’s reaction was wrong.

The Uruguayan’s luck did not improve. Whether it was inexperience, frustration or both, his red card was so rash and even though the Kop fans chanted his name, it was a costly mistake. The only consolation was that his teammates responded to adversity.

None other than Diaz.

His goal was brilliant, picking up the ball wide on the left before cutting inside past three Palace defenders and curling his shot into the far corner of the net. But it was more than the goal. His hunger to win the ball back raised the crowd.

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Jamie Carragher showed off some of his best moves on Monday Night Football after Luis Diaz equalized for Liverpool, leaving Gary Neville less than impressed.

Liverpool pushed the winner, Mohamed Salah and substitute Fabio Carvalho, both close. But, down to 10 men, there were spaces for Palace to exploit. Had Zaha found the other side of the post late on, Patrick Vieira would have felt it was a deserved win.

For Liverpool, the difference with Manchester City is already four points.

“Dies are like defeats when chasing Man City”

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:

“It’s been a terrible start in terms of points but I thought they were outstanding tonight with the way they responded with 10 men. Draws are defeats now because Manchester City set the bar so high.

“To give City a four-point lead, yes, there’s a long way to go, it’s a tough act to catch one of the best teams in the Premier League.”

‘Núñez’s moment of madness’

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Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez received a straight red card for a headbutt

Sky Sports’ Gary Neville:

“The story tonight is Núñez, not just the first header, but then coming back.

“He’s gone right for Andersen. There’s been no history of that at Benfica, he hasn’t been kicked out of there. That’s the stupidity of tonight. It’s going to be a steep learning curve for him. It’s a crazy time. it’s a good time. ass, andersen will feel it.

“We don’t know why he did it. I’ve done two or three things like this in my career. We don’t know why we react. We have no idea. We leave and think ‘what have I done? “- Honestly. I kicked a ball at an Everton fan and did something similar in a game against Steve McManaman. It’s that red mist. It’s coming to you.”

Klopp: “It was like there was a witch in the building!”

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Jurgen Klopp spoke of witchcraft given the number of injuries at Liverpool

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on the injury crisis:

“The real feeling I have at the moment is that I’m proud because everything went against us during the week. It was crazy, it was like there was a witch in the building. To do a performance under the circumstances, I’m really proud of it

“It’s not the start we wanted, but that’s the least of my problems because it’s very difficult at the moment with injuries. We’ll have to use next week to get one or two back. We lost Darwin today, which we didn’t help Bobby. (Firmino) could be ready for next week. It’s not a worry, it’s just a start.”

Vieira: “Very good performance by the Palau team”

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Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira spoke about his side’s performance against Liverpool

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira explains:

“There are a lot of teams coming to Liverpool who would be happy with a point, but today we played a really good game collectively and I’m pleased with the point.

“Overall we kept our organization and discipline. It’s a very difficult place to come and perform. We created some very good chances, in a difficult period we pulled together and defended well. It was a good team performance, I’m very happy with the team.”

Key statistics of a dramatic game

  • Liverpool have failed to win either of their opening two games of a Premier League season for the first time since 2012.
  • The last time the Reds clinched the top-flight title after failing to win their first two games of a season was in 1981-82.
  • Crystal Palace avoided defeat at Anfield in the Premier League for the first time since April 2017, ending a five-game losing streak against the Reds on Merseyside.
  • Liverpool have conceded first in each of their last six Premier League games, their longest run since a run of six between April and August 1997.
  • But Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 21 Premier League games, the longest current run in the competition.
  • Darwin Nunez became the second Liverpool player to be sent off on his first Premier League appearance at Anfield after Joe Cole against Arsenal in 2010.

Fantasy Premier League Statistics

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace FPL Stats

goals Zaha, Diaz
Assistance Eze, Milner
Bonus points Diaz (3), Elliott (2), Alexander-Arnold (1), Eze (1)
red card Núñez

What’s next?

The next match for Liverpool it’s very important as they make the short trip to Old Trafford to face winless Manchester United next week Monday night football. Crystal Palace are in action before then as they host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park on Saturday.


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