Crystal Palace fans have taken to Twitter to share their sympathy with club-legend goalkeeper Julian Speroni, after the veteran stopper’s error to allow Mohamed Salah to score a crucial third for Liverpool ultimately cost the Eagles at Anfield.
39-year-old Speroni, making his first Premier League start since December 2017, only found himself between the sticks against the league leaders after untimely injuries to both Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey, who both look set to be out for around a month.
Sao Paulo keeper Lucas Perri is (as per Sky Sports) close to signing on loan, but the Brazilian wasn’t signed in time to play, so a visibly rusty Speroni started and looked shaky.
He arguably could’ve done better for the first two goals, but it was the third, in which he tipped a James Milner cross back towards an unguarded net, that eventually saw Palace lose by four goals to three.
However, given his 14 years of service to the club, most Eagles’ supporters were left feeling sympathetic towards the Argentine…
We very possibly wouldn’t even have a football club to support if it wasn’t for Speroni let alone a Premier League club yet some (very predictable) people are keen to have digs. They don’t know our club and they don’t know themselves. Always and forever Jules
— Nav_is_tweeting (@tweetingnav) January 19, 2019
I’ve seen far too much Speroni slander today which is just unacceptable. Not just because he’s a club legend but I tend not to overly criticise GKs in general. It’s the loneliest position on the field. Without him we wouldn’t even be making trips to the likes of Anfield.#CPFC pic.twitter.com/BCm8jO0VVu
— Nick (@Nick_CPFC) January 19, 2019
Speroni is one of the reasons we are even able to travel to Liverpool for league games.
Awful mistake, but 3rd choice for a reason, let it go
— Benj (@Beniesta_) January 19, 2019
Scrolling past all the tweets about a Speroni mistake like pic.twitter.com/FiCGEf1Ko6
— Amy Latter (@AmieElle) January 19, 2019
Julian Speroni has played a massive part in keeping Palace in the championship when in admin. He’s played a massive part in getting us promoted. He’s played a massive part in keeping us in the Premier League. If he wants to gift Liverpool a goal then I’m not going to stop him
— Tom-oh-no (@thom_dorke) January 19, 2019
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Those critiquing Speroni need a slap.
The bloke is a club legend and always will be.
— HLTCO (@HLTCO) January 19, 2019