For Liverpool fans, their radical capitulation against Crystal Palace on Monday was tragic. For the rest of the footballing world, it was comical.
Brendan Rodgers’ side surged ahead at Selhurst Park after just 18 minutes through Joe Allen, and quickfire second-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez saw them cruising 3-0 by the hour mark. The Reds were going back to the top of the Premier League, and things were looking bright again.
Then came the stunning comeback from Palace, perhaps the most unexpected in the English top flight this season. Damien Delaney pulled one back on 79 minutes and Dwight Gayle added two thereafter to make it 3-3, as Tony Pulis’ side picked up a marvellous point and left Liverpool’s title hopes in tatters.
Football fans and pundits sharpened their knives and quickly pointed out that this was all too coming. After all, for all of Liverpool’s fearsome attacking force, the Merseyside outfit have conceded far too many goals than a championship-winning team should: 17 at home and 32 away.
It was this defensive frailty that has become the key reason why Liverpool are now very likely to go without a Premier League crown for one more year at least. After the match, striker Luis Suarez was pictured crying, and that was more indicative than anything else just how much confidence the players have now lost in their bid to win the title.
However, Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has remained defiant in the face of all the criticisms that have been thrown their way and slammed the “clueless” critics who have been getting on their back.
The 29-year-old poured himself on social networking site Twitter after the match and what can be construed as a sign of deep frustration came down hard on people who were mocking the Reds.
Absolutley clueless.....— Glen Johnson (@glen_johnson) May 5, 2014