Crystal Palace 0-0 Liverpool: Reds frustrated by woodwork
Liverpool missed the chance to claim a third Premier League win in a row for only the second time this season as they drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah were both frustrated by the woodwork at Selhurst Park as Jurgen Klopp's Reds shared the spoils with Patrick Vieira's Eagles.
After a dramatic Champions League collapse resulted in a 5-2 loss to Real Madrid on Tuesday, the visitors failed to claim a victory that would have helped to salve those wounds.
And, amid a campaign that continues to see them underperform, the Merseyside outfit dropped further points in their pursuit of European football next term, with Cody Gakpo spurning an excellent chance late on.
Having made a blistering start to their exploits in midweek, Liverpool initially appeared to be feeling the effects of a continental hangover.
The away side struggled to pose much threat despite dominating possession, with Jota's woodwork-rattling header in the 23rd minute the closest they came to a breakthrough.
Palace almost made them pay when they hit the frame of the goal themselves four minutes from the break, with Jean-Philippe Mateta lashing a close-range attempt against the crossbar.
The bar proved to be Liverpool's nemesis shortly into the second half, with Salah crashing a looped effort against it.
Gakpo could have won it in the 81st minute but the Netherlands international fluffed his lines after seizing on Salah's throughball as Liverpool ultimately failed to find a way through.
What does it mean? Reds drop points in pursuit
After recording much-needed wins against Everton and Newcastle United following their barren streak, Liverpool will have been hopeful of making it three on the bounce.
The point leaves them three behind sixth-placed Fulham, while Brighton and Hove Albion are only one behind and boast a game in hand.
Jota offers potent hope
The loss of Sadio Mane has clearly stung Klopp's side more this season, with Darwin Nunez and Gakpo both yet to have the desired effect up front.
It fell to Jota, limited in his minutes this term, to provide the most potent threat of the game, with his four shots the best tally of anyone.
Guaita holds nerve for hosts
While opposite number Alisson had something of a quiet game for the most part due to Palace's lack of chances, the hosts' goalkeeper enjoyed a busier day.
With four saves, he proved up to the task, ensuring his side held on for a share of the spoils.
Key Opta Facts
- Liverpool failed to win an away league game against Crystal Palace for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign, which was also the last season Palace remained unbeaten in both league meetings with the Reds.
- Palace are winless in eight Premier League games (D5 L3), the longest current run in the competition. Those five draws have come in their last six games.
- Palace have had four 0-0 draws in the Premier League this season, the second highest total after Newcastle United (6). Only in 1994-95 (8) have the Eagles had more goalless draws in a single Premier League campaign.
- Liverpool have had three 0-0 draws in the Premier League this season, as many as in their three previous campaigns combined. Only once have they had more under Jurgen Klopp (4 in 2017-18).
Liverpool return home to host Wolves on Wednesday, while Palace travel to Aston Villa next Saturday.