Darwin's red mist stalls Liverpool's evolution

China Daily | Updated: 2022-08-17 09:42
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Crystal Palace defender Joachim Andersen lies on the turf after being head-butted by Darwin Nunez as referee Paul Tierney prepares to send off Nunez over the incident. REUTERS

Palace relied almost exclusively on the counterattack throughout the match and it was from that means that Zaha opened the scoring, breaking the offside trap to latch onto Eberechi Eze's through-ball and curl a finish into the far corner.

Zaha missed a great chance to snatch a win when he stretched to meet a cross late in the game and hit the post.

Liverpool has now drawn its first two games - Klopp's team was held 2-2 by Fulham in the opening weekend.

"The real feeling I have at the moment is pride," added Klopp. "With the week's preparation we had it was unbelievable. It was like a witch was in the building, every time someone else had a problem."

Liverpool's third match will be at Old Trafford next Monday against a beleaguered Manchester United team that has lost both of its games.

Nunez will be suspended for that, while Klopp is set to be without a slew of key players, with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota, Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip currently out injured. Firmino missed the game as a precaution, according to Liverpool, so could be fit in a week's time.

Liverpool is already four points behind leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, but Klopp is more concerned about his squad's injury list.

"It's not the start we wanted but that's the least of my problems because it's really tricky at the moment with injuries," he said. "We have to use the next week to maybe bring one or two back."


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