Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Football Match Report – 15 Aug 2022

Liverpool returned from a goal deficit to a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace after Darwin Nunez was shown a red card at Anfield on Monday night.

Jurgen Klopp’s side came into play after starting the Premier League season with a disappointing 2-2 draw against Fulham and, despite dominating the game, fell behind in the first half as Wilfried Zaha Alisson smashed into a quick counterattack defeated by Palace with a fine finish.

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The visitors fended off a late barrage of chances at half-time from Liverpool, who had conceded 17 shots in the first 45 minutes, and took their 1-0 lead into the dressing room.

Things got even worse for the hosts when they equalized in the second half when Nunez showed a red card for a headbutt on Palace defender Joachim Andersen just before the hour mark, leaving his 10-man side watching the game .

Liverpool got back even minutes later, despite defeating a man with a brilliant individual performance from Luis Diaz, who picked up the ball down the left, beating several Palace defenders as he tiptoed over the top of the box and unleashed an unstoppable shot past palace guard Vicente Guaita.

Zaha had a great chance to put Palace back ahead in the 78th minute but his shot on the back post from Cheick Oumar Doucoure’s cross from inside the box went wide of Alisson’s net and the teams had to settle for a draw.

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“Obviously we always want to win our games, especially at home,” said Liverpool midfielder James Milner after the game. “I thought we started pretty well and then got a bit lost in the middle. They obviously have quality, they will always give you problems on the counterattack that we could have defended better.”

The result leaves Liverpool in 12th place with two points from their first two games, four behind leaders Manchester City, while Palace sit 16th with a single point.

Liverpool also saw their streak of nine straight wins in home Premier League openers come to an end, failing to win either of their first two Premier League games for the first time since 2012/13.

Palace boss Patrick Vieira was happy to leave Anfield with a point despite having an extra man in the final 30 minutes.

“Overall we keep our organization disciplined – it’s really difficult to come here and try to perform,” said Vieira. “It was a really good team performance and I’m very happy with the way the team played today.”

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