Liverpool’s 10-man outfit survived another major threat as Lewis Diaz scored a stunning goal as the Reds drew 1-1 with Crystal Palace at Anfield on Tuesday morning.
Jurgen Klopp’s team dominated the first half and when a goal was expected to come in the end, Palace managed to get on the board early.
Even the shooter Mohamed Salah could not score a goal.
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Virgin van Dijk’s long-range strike was further proof of the frustration building at Anfield as goals continued to elude Liverpool.
Palace remained patient and took advantage of the opportunities that presented themselves, but Wilfried Zaha finished brilliantly on the counter-attack for a corner.
The visitors almost scored two goals in the 42nd minute when Alisson scored two goals on Zaha.
A late Darwin Nunez goal in stoppage time summed up Liverpool’s first-half lead – close but not close enough.
Unfortunately, the night ended prematurely in the 57th minute when Nunez took a header from new recruit Joachim Anderson.
Nunez, who signed for Liverpool for 75 million euros ($A108m), had a forgettable performance on Monday in last week’s 2-2 draw with Fulham.
Jurgen Klopp said after the game: “It’s really a red card.”
“He (Nunez) is always angry, but not how he should be. I’ll talk to him, you see, it’s not the kind of reaction we should see from him. I don’t know how long he will be suspended.”
Liverpool looked to be on the brink of a shock defeat when Diaz stepped up when they needed it most and beat three defenders before cornering him.
In the 78th minute, Zaha found Odense Eduard and entered the box, but the Palace star was unable to finish and volleyed it away.