As on the first day of the Premier League, Liverpool had to settle for a draw on Monday evening against Crystal Palace at Anfield (1-1). If Darwin Nunez was sent off for a gesture of humor, Luis Diaz allowed the Reds to take a point by scoring a superb goal.
Two days, and already four lengths behind for the Reds on Manchester City … When we know how expensive each point was, last season, in the battle for the title in the Premier League, Liverpool could well regret their start to windy season in a few months.
Already held in check on the field of Fulham during the 1st day (2-2) , the team of Jürgen Klopp still had to settle for a draw on Monday, this time against Crystal Palace at Anfield (1-1) . In an encounter marked by two gestures: one by Darwin Nunez , the other by Luis Diaz. And in two very different registers.
The demon, then the angel
Surprised by Wilfried Zaha’s opener on a counter in the first period (0-1, 32nd), despite an outrageous domination, Liverpool then ran after the score. But he saw his evening take an even more ominous turn on the hour mark, when Darwin Nunez lost his temper.
Provoked by Andersen, the boiling Uruguayan turned around … to headbutt the Danish defender. Enough to encourage, logically, the referee to send him back to the locker room (57th).
And what definitely bury the Reds? We could think so. But in the process, Luis Diaz put on his savior costume. Not necessarily inspired until then, the Colombian offered himself a slalom from the left lane, to catch the entire Palace defense and unsheath a sublime shot from the right, flush with the gate of Guaita (1-1, 61st). A jewel of goal which gave wings to his people in the last half hour, even at ten against eleven. But that was not followed by another achievement.
Liverpool will therefore have to wait until the third day to try to clinch their first success of the season. It may be on the pitch of a team that worries much, much more: Manchester United.