Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool - McNulty's chaotic classic

Dwight Gayle scores to make it Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool in May 2014
Dwight Gayle scores to make it Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool in May 2014

Phil McNulty, chief football writer

Premier League, 5 May 2014

This was the fallout from the fall.

Liverpool were in control of their Premier League title destiny until Steven Gerrard's fateful slip let in Demba Ba to set Jose Mourinho's Chelsea on their way to a 2-0 win at Anfield.

This meant Brendan Rodgers' team needed a victory - preferably a big one - to put pressure back on Manchester City, who had a superior goal difference. A point would put them back on top, but realistically they needed three points not one.

In chasing that big win, instead of simply settling for any win, Liverpool caved remarkably on a thunderous night at Selhurst Park.

The Reds were strolling to three points as they were 3-0 up after 55 minutes courtesy of goals from Joe Allen and Luis Suarez either side of Damien Delaney's own goal.

Suarez showed the intent by racing to get the ball out of the net in the search for more goals as Liverpool's fans urged their team to punish Palace further. Instead, they simply got carried away - and then capitulated.

Palace took advantage of Liverpool's carelessness to score three times in the final 11 minutes through Delaney and a Dwight Gayle double.

Liverpool went back to the top of the table by a point, but it was actually greeted by tears from Suarez and from their supporters.

They knew the game was up - and they had been architects of their own downfall.

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