Five things learned from Liverpool's heartbreaking draw with Crystal Palace

A fantastic game for the neutrals was a real wrench for Liverpool fans, as their side's title challenge teeters on the brink.

What a time for Joe Allen to score his first goal

Allen's first Liverpool goal on his 50th league appearance looked like being the beginning of a real offensive masterclass for the Anfield outfit. The Welshman has had a decent season supporting Liverpool's first choice central midfielders, much improved from last year, and with 9 appearances from the last 10 games has been more than a support act - he's been a vital cog in this machine.

Suarez has a world class attitude despite his foibles

The Uruguayan has the eagerness and greediness any manager would hope for in a striker. Not quite at his best against Palace early on, he was nevertheless wholly committed to not just bringing the win to Liverpool, but also scoring as many goals as possible. No one was more eager than the ex Ajax forward to get the ball moving to forward areas, and love him or hate him, all supporters would want their players to display his will to win.

Liverpool are a joy to watch going forward

This game will likely go down in the memory for all the wrong reasons for most Liverpool fans, but it shouldn't gloss over the fact that this Reds team once again proved themselves to be one of the best attacking sides the Premier League has ever seen. Yes, it was only for 80 minutes, but for a while they made us all feel like they could overturn a 9 goal difference to win the Premier League over the last 2 games of the season. 

Defensive and goal difference woes are likely to be the difference

Some of the scrappy goals conceded by Liverpool may just make City's likely points and goal difference insurmountable, and no other game has proved that right more than the score draw with Palace. The home side's three goals were all preventable, and, the galling thing for Liverpool fans will be, not the actions of champions. The sides attacking exploits are fine while they are outscoring opposition, but against Palace they got found out, tragically, on the last bend. It will ensure that there are defensive reinforcements come the summer. 

All the players and management team can do is keep believing

There is one more game to go for Brendan Rodgers' men, and though things will likely look even more impossible come Sunday, the most important thing is that Livepool keep believing. The Reds only need to think back to City's title victory 2 years ago to realise how close they came to screwing it up playing an already relegated side no one gave a chance. There may yet be one more twist in this title race, desperate as that may sound.

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