Darwin Núñez saw the red card after an assault
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In the fight for the title in the English Premier League, Liverpool are four points behind the top of the table after only two match days.
In the home game against Crystal Palace, the runners-up did not go beyond a 1-1 (0-1) draw.
Wilfried Zaha had given the London district club the lead at Anfield (32nd minute), and a dismissal against new Sturm signing Darwin Núñez made things even more difficult for Jürgen Klopp's team (57th minute).
Because Luis Díaz completed a solo run with a goal worth seeing (61st), Liverpool got at least one point.
The initial phase still belonged to the favourites: Liverpool had more possession of the ball, Liverpool had the better chances.
Mohamed Salah narrowly missed the post with a first promising opportunity (23').
Crystal Palace played cautiously - and scored with the first shot on goal: Nathaniel Phillips, who helped out in the Reds' weakened central defence, was surprised by Eberechi Eze's through ball.
Behind the Englishman, Zaha ran freely towards goal and put the ball past Alisson (32').
The rhythm of the game remained the same, Liverpool showed an offensive effort, Crystal Palace defensively safe.
Shortly before the half-time whistle the post helped, a shot from Núñez rebounded into the field (45+3).
After the break, Núñez was the focus again, but not because of his footballing skills: The Uruguayan let himself be provoked by Palace defender Joachim Andersen and carried away to a headbutt.
Referee Paul Tierney showed Núñez a red card, while provocateur Andersen received a yellow card.
Even outnumbered, Liverpool remained superior to the field.
With one pass less in the storm, wing dribbler Díaz decided to move from the left wing to the center with the ball at his foot.
A handful of Palace defenders tried in vain to stop the Colombian, who also managed to get the shot from a good 16 meters away (61').
After the equalizer, however, the game shouldn't tip in any direction, Zaha missed the best chance for Palace when the post prevented the Ivorian from scoring twice (78th).
Liverpool are now four points behind leaders and defending champions Manchester City.
On the third day of the game, the Reds are awaiting their first crisis summit: Next Monday they will go to arch-rival Manchester United (9 p.m., Stream: Sky), who, after two defeats at the start, are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table.