If you were to ask a Premier League fan what the most memorable game in the past 10 years in the league has been, it would be a toss-up between Man City’s 3-2 win against QPR or ‘Crystanbul.’
The night Liverpool’s title hopes were all but shattered in 2014 stands out as one of the biggest and most impactful results in the history of the division, and the ramifications from that fateful night are still felt by the Reds to this day.
It’s almost unbelievable to believe that Liverpool, who were 3-0 up with 11 minutes to play and on the verge of taking a big step towards their first Premier League title ever, could throw away such a lead in such dramatic circumstances.
After Luis Suarez made it 3-0 to the visitors at Selhurst Park, Liverpool fans in the away end must have been thinking this year really was their year. The horror of Steven Gerrard’s slip against Chelsea not one week before would finally be erased from the memories of fans who constantly taunted the Reds faithful for literally letting the league slip from their grasps, but Palace had other ideas.
Damien Delaney, who scored an own goal earlier in the match, looked to have scored a consolation goal with 11 minutes to go, but when substitute Dwight Gayle made it 3-2 two minutes later, the nerves started to begin.
Palace fans knew it was coming, and so did Liverpool fans as Gayle levelled the game with two minutes to go after the Reds defence fell asleep and allowed the Eagles striker to run through on goal, and toe-poke the ball past Simon Mignolet to crush Merseyside hearts, and to complete an incredible turn-around.
As the final whistle blew, Liverpool striker Luis Suarez broke down into tears as the Uruguayan knew that his team had blown their best ever chance of winning the Premier League title.
Five years on from that famous night, and Liverpool now stand on the edge of greatness with the title decider going to the final match of the season, and for manager Jurgen Klopp, he will know that ‘Crystanbul’ will be in the back of the minds of his players, and that they simply can’t slip up now.
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