Liverpool v Crystal Palace: Premier League – live! – The Guardian

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72 min “Everyone remembers Ibrahimovic’s taekwondo goals,” says Phil Podolsky, “but there was one taekwondo pass at Barca that makes me grin every time.”

71 min Alexander-Arnold misses a decent chance, blasting wide from a tight angle after a clever flick from Salah. Actually, I don’t think it would count – replays suggest he was fractionally offside.

69 min Nunez had actually thrown his head back into Andersen’s face moments earlier, causing Andersen to shove him in the back. All very strange.

68 min Ward is booked for a foul on the increasingly influential Diaz, who has come alive since we criticized him at half-time.

67 min “I know Andersen fell like a felled tree, but what was Nunez thinking?” says Rachel Clifton. “Let alone discuss the score with the referee. Total red fog.”

I’ve definitely seen more proportional reactions to a push in the back. That said, while GNM doesn’t condone etc, I quite enjoyed how emphatic it was. He didn’t bother trying to mask it, just sent Andersen straight to the canvas. In that respect it was like Zidane on Materazzi.

65 minutes Liverpool now play 4-3-2, with Salah and Diaz up front. At the moment they look the more likely winners, even with 10 men.

64 min “Rob,” writes Vincent, “I don’t think that’s what Klopp had in mind when he told Nunez at half-time to use his head!”

63 min Palace bring Odsonne Edouard for Jordan Ayew.

63 min Triple change for Liverpool: Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Kostas Tsimikas replace Nat Phillips, Andy Robertson and James Milner.

This is a glorious equalizer! Diaz cut in from the left, jabbing five players with a combination of feints and quick feet, before slamming a curler past Guaita from the edge of the area.

GOAL! Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace (Diaz 61)

What a goal by Ludovic Diaz!

Liverpool's Luis Diaz scores after beating five players.
Liverpool’s Luis Diaz scores after beating five players. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

61 min Nunez will also be banned for the next three games. Anfield became very quiet, and Liverpool just getting oriented. It seems that replacements are also imminent.

59 min Andersen was booked for the push on Nunez as well. That was such a weird overreaction from Nunez. I’m sure he was frustrated after missing three good to great chances earlier in the game, but that’s no reason to start handing out the Glasgow kisses.

58 min Nunez argues his case but it was a clear headbutt. Andersen pushed him in the back, complaining about something, then Nunez turned around and stuck his head in him!


57 min Oh my god! Darwin Nunez received a straight red card for headbutting Joachim Andersen!

Crystal Palace's Joachim Andersen lies on the floor after being hit by Liverpool's Darwin Nunez, who is sent off.
Crystal Palace’s Joachim Andersen lies on the floor after being hit by Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez, who is sent off. Photo: Peter Powell/Reuters

57 min Liverpool’s injuries mean they don’t have their usual attacking options on the bench, although they can still call on Jordan Henderson, Fabio Carvalho and Naby Keita.

56 min Van Dijk makes an important interception to stop Zaha playing a return pass to Eze in the Liverpool area

53 min There is a spring in Palace’s step when they break, which was not there before Zaha’s goal. It has evolved into a fascinating game.

51 min “Zlatan also has the ability to do things on the football field where I don’t really understand what I’ve seen, where my only reaction is to just laugh with joy,” says Kári Tulinius. “There are precious few footballers who seem to be able to move themselves and the ball through unknown dimensions of space and time.”

I’m still trying to make sense of that ankle-breaking flick against Italy at Euro 2004, never mind everything he’s done since. For years I thought (wrongly) that it was a back heel.

49 min The chance came after a great pass from Salah. Nunez’s left footed shot looked to be going off target but then it hit the sliding Ward. Replays show it hit a buzzer under the armpit, and he was just a few yards away from Nunez.

48 min Liverpool have a big appeal for a penalty when Nunez’s errant shot hits a Palace defender. Nothing given on the field but it will be checked by VAR.

46 min Peep Peep! Liverpool start the second half, and there are no changes to either side.

“Did someone tell Díaz not to drip?” asks Alexander Quintero. “I bet someone did. He doesn’t take on opponents just gives the ball back. No risk no win. Congratulations to Crystal Palace. Excellent execution of their plan so far. I say that as a Liverpool fan.”

I have a vague and barely half-baked theory about Diaz, that he’s much better in big games than smaller ones.

Here’s that chance for Nunez (and van Dijk)

“Nunez will be an outstanding PL striker,” says Mary Waltz. “But Zlatan, from the age of 19, had the look of someone who thought they were simply the greatest ever and had no problem telling you the facts of life.”

Half time: Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

This is an absurd thing to say in the middle of August, probably a sackable offence, but Liverpool has a big 45 minutes. If they lose, they will already be five points behind Manchester City, and that is never a good place for anyone to be.

Liverpool started well, with their usual intensity, but missed some decent chances and were punished by Wilfred Zaha’s excellent counter-attacking goal. The place went a little flat after that, although Darwin Nunez hit the post with the last attack of the half.

45+3 min: Nunez hits the post! The corner was half-cleared to Elliott, who clipped a good pass over the defense to find Nunez. He put it down on his chest but then missed a shot that looped over Guaita and hit the inside of the far post!

The loose ball then ran to van Dijk, who slipped in the act of shooting and kicked it against his standing leg.

Liverpool's Darwin Nunez clips the far post with a curled effort.
Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez clips the far post with a curled effort. Photo: Jon Super/AP

45+3 min Alexander-Arnold sweeps a lovely through pass inside Mitchell towards Salah, forcing Guehi to get across and concede the corner. Excellent defending.

45 minutes Three minutes of added time.

44 min “To say that the goal was not only against the run of play, but was actually a complete offense to the run of play, kind of ignores the fact that that’s exactly what Palace set out to do: soak up all the pressure and then strike. Liverpool on the counter,” says Shoaib. “And it’s worked for them so far.”

That’s true, but it was still completely one-sided for the first half hour. The goal was the first time Palace had put together a decent counter-attack.

43 min Salah cuts a cross back to Elliott, whose flying header from 15 yards is straight at Guaita. He taps it – he probably could have kept it – and Andersen puts it out of play.

42 min The first half was a triumph for Patrick Vieira. Palace’s back five withstood all the pressure in the first half hour, and then they started to find their counter-attacking range.

40 min: Alisson saves from Zaha! Palace opens Liverpool up with increasing ease. Doucoure slides a pass down the inside-right channel towards Zaha, who times his run superbly again. This time his touch is a little heavy, and that allows Alisson to charge outside and block the eventual shot.

40 minutes Diaz is booked for a foul on Ayew.

39 min Here is that Zaha goal, which really was a beauty.

38 minutes Doucoure soars high and wide from 25 yards after a decent Palace break. Moments later, Zaha shoots straight at Alisson from 20 yards. The mood changed.

36 min Alexander-Arnold has two long-range shots in the space of a few seconds, both blocked. Palace defenders must have already blocked seven or eight shots.

35 minutes Nunez fires wide from 25 yards. It looks like Liverpool have now conceded the first goal in their last six Premier League games They still won most of them, mind you.

34 min That goal was not just against the duration of the game; it was a complete affront to the length of the game. But it was such a good finish, not least because Alisson is arguably the best in the world at one-on-one.

It was done brilliantly on the break by Ebere Eze. He killed a defensive clearance from Palace, elegantly turned away from Fabinho and cut. Liverpool open with a direct pass behind Phillips. Zaha timed his run perfectly, moved into the area and put an emphatic low shot across Alisson. What a great goal.

GOAL! Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace (Zaha 32)

Wilfred Zaha gives Palace the lead with a great goal!

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha scores their first goal past Liverpool's Alisson Becker.
Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scores their first goal past Liverpool’s Alisson Becker. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Zaha leaps into the air in celebration.
Zaha leaps into the air in celebration. Photo: Paul Greenwood/REX/Shutterstock

31 minutes I know he’s not the best defender in the world, I know that, but Alexander-Arnold’s passing is unreal.

30 min: Chance for Salah! Alexander-Arnold finds himself in the middle of the pitch, where he turns away from Schlupp and angles a delicious pass over the Palace defence. Salah meets it on the run, 10 yards from goal, but heads straight at Guaita. It was another good chance, and a ridiculous ball from Alexander-Arnold. He and Elliott looked very bright Liverpool.

28 min “Liverpool had nine tries in 24 minutes,” says Richard Hirst. “Does the Knowledge know the record?”

Is that my new nickname? I guess I’ve had worse.

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