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Title gone for Liverpool - Rodgers

5 May 2014 23:35

Manager Brendan Rodgers conceded that Liverpool's Premier League title dreams were ended during a dramatic 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace.

Leading 3-0 after 55 minutes and seemingly cruising at Selhurst Park, Rodgers' men remarkably conceded three goals in nine minutes of madness to make Manchester City's path to a second league championship in three years a whole lot easier.

Damien Delaney's deflected 78th-minute strike gave Palace unlikely hope before Dwight Gayle's double completed an astonishing turnaround on Monday.

While Liverpool, who entered the game level on points with Manuel Pellegrini's men but nine goals worse off, were never likely to lift the trophy without their main rivals City - who complete their season by facing Aston Villa and West Ham at home - slipping up, the result was a bitter disappointment for Rodgers.

Asked if his side's title hopes had been dashed, he told Sky Sports: "Yeah; we needed to win.

"We had to keep the pressure on.

"Manchester City have two home games and I think they will go on and win them."

Rodgers attempted to emphasise the positives of a good campaign that have seen Liverpool perform much better than last year’s seventh-placed finish.

However, the Liverpool boss could not hide his disgust at the defending that proved so costly after goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez had put the visitors in such complete control.

"I am very disappointed we conceded the three goals," he said. "It was real poor defending that cost us there.

"With the comfort we have and the quality we showed to go 3-0 up, you have got to manage the game better than that."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
5 May 2014
Game week
37
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
3 - 3
Venue
Selhurst Park (London)
Attendance
25261

Goals

0 - 1
18' J. Allen
 (assist by S. Gerrard)
0 - 2
53' D. Delaney (OG)
0 - 3
55' L. Suárez
 (assist by R. Sterling)
D. Delaney 79'
(assist by M. Jedinak) 
1 - 3
D. Gayle 81'
(assist by Y. Bolasie) 
2 - 3
D. Gayle 88'
(assist by G. Murray) 
3 - 3

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
3 30'
27 53' 79'
6 67'
2
15
8
28
13
7
29
Coach: T. Pulis
# Player Bookings
22
2
37 63'
17
38
8
21
24 18' 25'
31
7 50' 55'
15
Coach: B. Rodgers

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
16 81' 88'
17
11
4
12
19
26

Wednesday 3 September

Tuesday 2 September

21:38
21:20
21:01
20:28
20:20
19:48
18:17
18:08
18:07
17:55
17:35
17:25
17:05
17:02
16:45
16:36
16:25
16:24
16:03
15:50
14:53
13:52
13:41
13:22
13:16
12:55
12:46
12:35
12:00
11:46
11:39
11:34
11:15
10:56
10:56
10:46
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09:57
09:41
09:20
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02:53
02:41
02:39
02:32
01:57
01:54
01:30
00:49
00:49
00:41
00:37
00:19
00:06

Monday 1 September

23:44
23:39
23:19
22:59
22:47
22:45
22:35
22:28
22:04
22:02
21:51
21:44
20:53
20:46
20:39
20:26
20:12
20:09
20:07
19:35
18:45
18:40
18:33
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14:28
13:50
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13:09
12:57
12:50
12:06
11:58
11:39
11:07
10:57
10:50
10:22
10:16
09:26
09:19
07:47
06:50
06:48
06:01
05:35
04:55
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03:56
03:53
02:58
02:45
02:27
02:27
02:00
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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +7 9
2 3 +5 9
3 3 +2 7
4 3 +3 6
5 3 +2 6
6 3 +2 6
7 3 +1 5
8 3 +1 4
9 3 +0 4
10 3 +0 4
11 3 -1 3
12 3 -4 3
13 3 -1 2
14 3 -1 2
15 3 -2 2
16 3 -2 2
17 3 -3 2
18 3 -3 2
19 3 -3 1
20 3 -3 1

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