Liverpool’s English Premier League title bid has been left in ruins after Crystal Palace mounted a sensational comeback from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 at Selhurst Park.
Liverpool were on course to move three points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table on Monday after quick-fire goals from Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez early in the second half stretched a lead procured by Joe Allen’s 18th-minute header.
However, Damien Delaney pulled a goal back for Palace in the 79th minute before substitute Dwight Gayle scored twice in seven minutes to rip the heart out of Liverpool’s title challenge.
It was a comeback that left Lius Suarez – as well as several visiting fans – in tears at the final whistle.
Liverpool lead the league again, by a point, but City now effectively need only four points from their last two games to claim the title.
They host Aston Villa on Wednesday before welcoming West Ham United to the Etihad Stadium on the final day and, with a nine-goal goal difference advantage over Liverpool, the title is theirs to lose.