No major motion pictures concerning this season, Liverpool held to a dull draw
Liverpool’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League were dashed as their game against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park finished in a scoreless draw.
After falling to Real Madrid at Anfield in the middle of the week, Jurgen Klopp’s team is now six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham after failing to overcome a Palace team that has yet to win in 2023.
Although Patrick Vieira’s team was well deserving of their point, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah both hit the post, and Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta also hit the crossbar.
After battling to a draw, the Eagles now have one victory in 11 games, and they still have a challenging month of March ahead of them. They are currently six points above the relegation zone.
Upon being questioned about his team’s underwhelming performance during the post-game press conference, Klopp responded, “I see it in your eyes and in the players’ eyes as well. Although it appears that we lost the game, we didn’t.
“We’ve treated ourselves well, but we can’t let ourselves suffer because of our own past. That would definitely be absurd.
“This won’t be the season that people want to reread over and over again in the history books.
“Big movies won’t be made about it, but we still have to go through it.”
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Shadows of the Sloppy Reds’ past selves
“It’s obvious that we need to take action this summer. We simply have to get through this for now.
If Klopp’s pre-game remarks were meant to spur his team on, a lackluster first half performance showed Liverpool’s remaining goals may be as modest as “getting through” the rest of the season.
Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool made simple mistakes that twice allowed Palace’s ineffective attackers to get in on goal, and Joel Matip also sliced the ball terribly to an opponent despite not under pressure.
While not alone in his lackluster performance, Alexander-Arnold turned the ball over 20 times in the first 45 minutes at Selhurst Park.
At the other end, Jota did at least challenge Vicente Guaita in his first appearance since October after a protracted injury layoff before headed into the post from an unlikely angle.
Harvey Elliott was added to Liverpool’s lineup at halftime, and Salah was unlucky to have a beautiful curling shot deflect off the crossbar.
After being set up by Salah, Cody Gakpo dribbled a shot just wide, but that was their only effort as Palace won the game.
Palace is still seeking victory
Palace has struggled in the Premier League and failed to register a single shot on goal against Liverpool. They have lost eight straight games since New Year’s Eve.
The hosts, who were severely lacking Wilfried Zaha’s spark, had Mateta squander their greatest opportunity when he scooped against the bar following one of Alexander-mistakes. Arnold’s
Before a better performance in the final 20 minutes awakened their renownedly loud fan base, captain Marc Guehi also headed an excellent opportunity wide.
The 77th minute of the game saw a minute of ovation to commemorate the passing of BBC veteran John Motson, whose final Match of the Day commentary was delivered at Selhurst Park in 2018.