Twenty-four years and counting.
Liverpool seemingly had the Premier League title all wrapped up a little over a week ago. Then came a 2-0 loss at home to Chelsea last Sunday and a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace on Monday night.
The Reds were up 3-0 until Damien Delaney put Palace on the board in the 79th minute. From that point forward, Liverpool's defence completely melted down, with a Dwight Gayle brace bringing the match level in the 88th minute.
Give credit where credit is due. Palace thoroughly deserved their draw, and the job that manager Tony Pulis has done is nothing short of remarkable. When he took over, the Eagles looked sure for the drop, but now they'll finish comfortably mid-table and ruined one club's championship hopes.
The Telegraph's Henry Winter thinks Pulis deserves the title Manager of the Season:
James Ducker of The Times doesn't want Liverpool's collapse to overshadow Palace's strong performance:
But of course all the attention is fixated on the table-toppers.
The Reds are now only a point above Manchester City, who have a game in hand. The title race is now seemingly over. Manager Brendan Rodgers admitted as much after the match, per the Premier League:
As Mark Ogden of The Telegraph pointed out, rarely have you seen a club go to the top of the table yet look so completely heartbroken after the match:
Defending has been a problem all season for Liverpool, with club legend Jamie Carragher acknowledging that the Reds' back four isn't good enough to win a title, per Richard Jolly and Sky Sports:
As BBC Sport's Phil McNulty pointed out, the club's attack has been so lethal that many of the defensive cracks have been papered over. But the dam broke on Monday night:
The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg wondered if manager Brendan Rodgers should've been content to win 3-1 and pack it in instead of trying to add any more goals:
No Liverpool player took the loss harder than Luis Suarez, per Bleacher Report UK and The Telegraph's Paul Hayward:
Manchester City play Aston Villa on Wednesday night, and a win will put them two points clear of Liverpool heading into the final day of the season.
Although their players are clearly distraught, it's important that Rodgers manages to get their heads right for Sunday because there may be one more twist left in this unbelievable season.
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