The big story of the day is Liverpool’s sensational capitulation against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Monday night.
Brendan Rodgers’ side were 3-0 ahead by the hour mark in their Premier League clash and looked set to pick up an important away victory in their quest to win the Premier League.
However, Tony Pulis’ Palace had other ideas and staged a brilliant comeback, scoring three times in the final 11 minutes to make it 3-3 and derail Liverpool’s title challenge.
As things stand, the Merseyside outfit are on top of the table with 81 points from 37 matches. Manchester City are a point behind in second, but they have a game in hand.
If Manuel Pellegrini’s side defeat Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, then they will go two points clear and will have the title in their own hands when the final round of matches are played next weekend.
Liverpool fans would feel sorry for the players, especially for Luis Suarez who was crying profusely after the disappointing result, and perhaps would consider Monday’s draw as one of those strange results that can happen in football anytime. However, Reds legend Jamie Carragher, who retired from the game only last summer, says that he has no sympathy.
‘You look at Suarez and you think you feel sorry for him, but you can't feel sorry for Liverpool in that situation’, the 36-year-old told Sky Sports. ‘That is not acceptable... But that has been their Achilles' heel all season. Even when they've been winning games it's been 4-3 or 6-3 or 3-2. We always felt the defence would come back and haunt them with the goals they've conceded’.
Liverpool have been truly brilliant to watch and most neutrals would want them to win the championship for the first time in the Premier League era. Yet, having conceded 17 goals at home and a whooping 32 away, defensively the Merseyside outfit have been poor, or least not as good as the rest of the top-four sides.
The warning signs have been there all season. Since the start of April, Liverpool have not kept a clean sheet in any of their matches. At the end of the season, the team who picks up the maximum points wins the title. If that team is Manchester City, then no one should argue that Liverpool deserved it, because if they didn’t win the Premier League, then they didn’t deserve it.