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Liverpool title hopes crumble in 3-3 tie at Palace

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014
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LONDON (AP) — Luis Suarez dropped into a crouch after the final whistle and sobbed, his chest heaving, until Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard walked over, pulled him up and tried to console him.

The star forward pulled his jersey over his face, not wanting the world to see, and Gerrard tried to wave off a television cameraman.

That elusive 19th title, so close eight days earlier, was now so far away.

Liverpool wasted a three-goal lead in the final 16 minutes, crushing its Premier League title hopes with a 3-3 tie at Crystal Palace on Monday night that put Manchester City in prime position to win its second championship in three seasons.

"We needed to win tonight, so I think Manchester City will go on to win the two games," Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers said. "They'll be champions."

Liverpool (25-6-6) has 81 points going into Sunday's finale at home against Newcastle. City (25-6-5), one point back in second place, hosts Aston Villa on Wednesday and West Ham on Sunday.

Liverpool, which last won the league in 1990, built a 3-0 lead by the 55th minute on goals by Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Suarez, who tied the Premier League record of 31 goals in a 38-game season.

But Palace rallied in stunning fashion. Damian Delaney scored in the 79th minute on 25-yard left-footed shot that deflected off a leg of defender Glen Johnson and left goalkeeper Simon Mignolet no chance to stop it.

Two minutes later, Yannick Bolasie picked up the ball just outside his own penalty area, made a 70-yard dash down the left flank and squared the ball to an unmarked Dwight Gayle. He beat Mignolet with a right-footed shot just inside the far post from about 12 yards.

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