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Liverpool's second Premier League draw in a row

By Charles Cornwall

Liverpool's second Premier League draw in a row

Darwin Nunez was sent off in the 57th minute after succumbing to provocation from a Crystal Palace defender.

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Although the Anfield crowd gave Liverpool a rousing reception in their first home game of the 2022-23 season, and Klopp's side were held to a one-goal draw by Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace. In the opening seconds of the game, Trent Alexander-Arnold's cross was punched away by Vicente Guaita and Milner leapt onto the loose ball and into the box but struck too high.

Then Harvey Elliott saw a low shot, which came after several manoeuvres inside the box, blocked by Joachim Andersen as he headed into the bottom corner and Nunez fired first-time when Alexander-Arnold found him at the far post. Liverpool's No66 created another promising chance midway through the half when he crossed a ball that Mohamed Salah headed wide right.

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The pair combined in the 30th minute, when Alexander-Arnold lined up a diagonal towards Salah, but the Egyptian's header was caught by Guaita. Palace took the lead moments later. Eberechi Eze sent a pass behind the hosts' defence as Zaha's run eluded the offside trap. The Eagles striker ran on and, from the left side of goal, sent a low shot beyond the reach of Alisson Becker for the opening goal. Despite several close calls from Klopp's side, there were no goals in the first half for Klopp's side.  

Second half

Liverpool searched for an equaliser and Salah created a chance for Nunez with a curling ball to his team-mate's run into the box. Nunez kept his balance to fire a left-footed shot towards goal that was blocked by Joel Ward, but the referee waved away appeals for a handball. Then, in the 57th minute, Darwin Nunez, who fell for Joachim Andersen's provocations and landed a blow that left him on the ground for several minutes, was sent off.

Still down to 10 men, the Merseyside side responded with renewed vigour and an impressive individual effort from Diaz brought them back on level terms. The Colombia international made several dribbles from the left flank that saw him beat five opposition players before unleashing a sublime curling shot into the right-hand corner of the net. Salah and substitute Fabio Carvalho had two more chances, but the shots went wide of Guaita's goal as time ran out and the final whistle confirmed a point apiece. 

 

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