Liverpool are being criticised left, right and centre for the way they let go of a comprehensive three-goal lead against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Monday.
Brendan Rodgers’ side surged ahead at Selhurst Park after just 18 minutes thanks to Joe Allen’s goal. Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez struck in the opening 10 minutes of the second half to make it 3-0.
However, the Reds’ defensive frailty reared up its ugly head and in the space of just nine minutes towards the end of the game, they conceded three goals to settle for a point.
The way that Liverpool unravelled against a Palace side stuck in mid-table was what made most pundits criticise them. In a game which they were controlling, the manner in which they conceded the three goals was very much un-championship material. Of course, in football these comebacks are not uncommon, but in the final week of the campaign, there was no room for error for Liverpool.
Former Germany international Dietmar Hamann, who played for Liverpool between 1999 and 2006 before joining City, gave his opinion on the matter. The 40-year-old claimed that the Reds were ‘naive’ in their approach against the Eagles and posted his opinion on social networking site Twitter.
Ball firmly in City's court now. Liverpools naiveity cost them dearly tonight.Credit to Palace for not giving up.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) May 5, 2014
Monday night's result means that Liverpool are now a point clear of Manchester City with just one match to play. If Manuel Pellegrini’s side win their game in hand against Aston Villa at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, then they will be in pole position to clinch the championship.