Liverpool's "arrogance" at Crystal Palace cost them title

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Mark Bright has accused Brendan Rodgers’ men of underestimating the Selhurst Park outfit.

Liverpool’s title hopes took a massive blow when they relinquished a 3-0 lead over Crystal Palace last time out to draw 3-3 at Selhurst Park.

This result means that the Reds need West Ham to beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday to stand a chance of finishing top.

Former Palace striker Mark Bright has stated that he feels that the Merseysiders underestimated the London club and accused Liverpool of arrogance in the fixture.

"I observed after every goal the Liverpool boys grabbing the ball, running to the halfway line and putting the ball on the spot. I thought to myself, 'obviously they’re going for goals'," Bright told talkSPORT.

"We’ve got a great record at home under Tony Pulis since he took over and not conceded too many. It smacked of a bit of arrogance to me. I just thought that got through to Tony and to the team and as we saw it was one of the great Premier League comebacks.

"For me I think the players sensed it [the arrogance], Tony had a chat and it changed. The most important thing for Brendan was to come away from Selhurst with three points.

"They needed to take it to the last game, then you still give yourself the chance that West Ham might do to Man City what they did to Chelsea.

"Then you’re in with a chance of doing it on points never mind goal difference. You’ve got to go into the last game with real hope."

Liverpool face Newcastle on the last day of the season and must ensure that they pick up three points to stand a chance of winning the league.

City won the division on the last day in 2011-12 and know that a draw will be good enough for them this time round at the Etihad Stadium.

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