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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction after Darwin Nunez red card

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Darwin Nunez lost his head but fellow South American Luis Diaz ensured 10-man Liverpool did not lose their long unbeaten home record with a brilliant equaliser to secure a 1-1 Premier League draw with Crystal Palace.

Anfield is no stranger to fiery Uruguayans after witnessing the highs and lows of Luis Suarez for three-and-a-half years but the recklessness of their summer signing’s weak headbutt on Joachim Andersen beggared belief.

Frustration had been growing having gone behind to Wilfried Zaha’s 32nd-minute goal against the run of play but the way Nunez to reacted to being provoked by the Palace centre-back was naive at best and idiotic at worst.

The fact the 23-year-old’s act of self-destruction was rescued by Diaz, who beat at least five players in shimmying his way into position to unleash a 25-yard shot past Victor Guaita, four minutes after the red card, will be of no consolation.

Nunez is currently Jurgen Klopp’s only fit striker, with Diogo Jota nursing a thigh injury and Roberto Firmino missing the game as a precaution, and his resulting three-match ban - with arch-rivals Manchester United next up in a week’s time - is likely to be costly.

and with the margin for error in the title race so tight, they cannot afford many more nights like this.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

  • 79’ - Zaha hits the post to deny Palace the lead (LIV 1-1 CRY)
  • 61’ GOAL! - A scorcher from Luis Diaz levels the gam (LIV 1-1 CRY)
  • 57’ RED CARD! - Nunez is send off for headbutt on Andersen (LIV 0-1 CRY)
  • 45+3’ - Nunez hits the post with scuffed effort on stroke of half-time (LIV 0-1 CRY)
  • 32’ GOAL! - Wilfried Zaha scores on the counter-attack to put Palace in front (LIV 0-1 CRY)
  • 23’ - Liverpool pile on the pressure and Salah pulls a shot wide (LIV 0-0 CRY)
  • 9’ - Nunez misses great chance to give Liverpool the lead (LIV 0-0 CRY)

Darwin Nunez sent-off as Liverpool are held at home by Crystal Palace

Jurgen Klopp blanked Darwin Nunez as he trudged past him. He loved what he saw when the Uruguayan first played at Anfield, even though it damaged his team, but he was in Benfica’s colours that day. He was less happy with what he witnessed on the £64 million striker’s home debut as, once again, he harmed Liverpool.

While Nunez was sent off for a combination of foolishness and violent conduct, Klopp’s other big buy from Portugal this year spared Liverpool the rarity of defeat at Anfield. Luis Diaz’s was a superlative equaliser but theirs has been a stuttering start to the season. With two games gone, they are four points behind Manchester City.

The title race may not be over but, even with 108 points to play for, it is hard to make up such a deficit to Pep Guardiola’s side, especially when the eventual winners end up around the 95-point mark.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha’s first-half goal was cancelled out by a solo stunner from Luis Diaz

Michael Jones15 August 2022 22:17

Reaction from Wilfried Zaha

Crystal Palace’s goalscorer, Wilfried Zaha, spoke to Sky Sports after the match saying:

“We just knew it was going to be hard work and it was a case of taking our chances. We knew we would have to suffer but our plan was to soak it up and take chances, so I am happy with the point.

“They were pushing forward and I was looking for space in behind. It only takes one chance and I am glad I took it today.

“As soon as Eze played it through I had in my mind what I wanted to do. I didn’t want the goalkeeper to set himself so I just took it early.

“We are a good team and handling the big teams well, so I am very optimistic about this season, especially with the way we are playing.”

Full-time: Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace

90+5 mins: It’s a draw! Crystal Palace see out the game and Liverpool have to settle for another draw.

Darwin Nunez’s sending off was a key factor in why Liverpool couldn’t capitalise on the pressure they’d built up. The Reds will be thanking Luis Diaz for his spectacular solo goal that rescued them another point.

Michael Jones15 August 2022 21:56

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