Liverpool players were understandably gutted after Crystal Palace staged a remarkable comeback to score 3 in the last 11 minutes of their home game against Liverpool to finish the game 3-3. And it could easily have been worse.
Liverpool appeared to be cruising to a comfortable victory and even cutting Manchester City’s goal difference advantage that might have decided the title should the two teams finish on level points at the end of the season.
That calculation of course depends on both teams getting the same number of points in their remaining two games.
Liverpool came back from 3-0 down to win the 2005 UEFA Champions League in Instanbul. And their defense, which has been suspect all season, and which has been bailed out time and again by their free-scoring attack, finally crumbled under pressure.
The Merseysiders squandered a valuable chance to exert pressure on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table.
They still went top by 1 point ahead of 2nd place City. But City now have two home games left to finish out the season and they have the luxury of dropping a few points curtesy of their +9 goal difference.
A win for Liverpool would also have taken Chelsea out of the title race for good. But Chelsea stay 2 points behind current leaders Liverpool. They still have a mathematical chance of finishing in the top 2.
The warning signs have been there time and time again this season. With Liverpool letting in far to many goals (49) and only managing to escape by virtue of their 99 goals scored. Winning titles requires a good defense as it does a good attack.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has done a remarkable job with this Liverpool side, but he has his work cut out for him strengthening their defense to have a better shot at winning the title.
All is not lost yet. There is still the outside chance that Liverpool can clinch the title but it will have been a miracle considering their capacity to sabotage themselves with the finishing line firmly in sight.