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Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace: Nunez sees red as Diaz rescues point with wonder strike

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Before the Reds’ return to Anfield, Jurgen Klopp dismissed scrutiny over his side’s tendency to start slow, despite having gone behind first in each of the previous five Premier League games.

Liverpool were clearly eager to get out of the blocks quickly, but a strong Palace rearguard denied their dominance, despite Mohamed Salah going close twice in the first half-hour.

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There was a focus on Nat Phillips at the back, filling in for the absent Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate with Joe Gomez only half-fit, and the 25-year-old was at fault for Palace’s opener as he played Wilfried Zaha onside to finish well.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace: Nunez sees red as Diaz rescues point with wonder strike

That goal briefly sucked the life out of Liverpool, but the industry and guile of James Milner and the bright Harvey Elliott restored urgency, the latter draw a save from Vicente Guaita with a powerful header.

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On his first start for the club, Darwin Nunez looked to have grabbed an equaliser on the cusp of half-time, only for his deflected effort to bounce back off the post, with Virgil van Dijk slipping as he attempted to connect with the rebound.

HT: Liverpool 0-1 Crystal Palace

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There were no changes at the break and perhaps unsurprisingly given Klopp’s bench included two 17-year-olds and a sixth-choice centre-back, with the same side that started tasked with reclaiming control.

But that same side went down to 10 men after a moment of idiocy from Nunez, who got caught up in a tussle with Joachim Andersen which resulted in the striker delivering a headbutt and received a red card.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace: Nunez sees red as Diaz rescues point with wonder strike

A completely moronic moment from Nunez followed by a moment of pure magic from Luis Diaz.

Minutes after the No. 27 made up, up stepped Diaz who cut inside from the right, dancing past dangling legs and blasting an unstoppable drive beyond Guaita for 1-1.

Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace: Nunez sees red as Diaz rescues point with wonder strike

That goal gave Anfield a lift, with Diaz the livewire both in defence and attack, while at the other end Zaha somehow hit the post with the goal gaping at the far post.

Liverpool pushed and pushed for a late winner, and both Salah and Fabio Carvalho went close, but it wasn’t to be as it stays two played, two draws, two points.

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