This was not how it was supposed to go. Liverpool was up 3-0 on Crystal Palace with 11 minutes left Monday night. Then everything collapsed, as Crystal Palace scored three times late to tie the score, all but ending Liverpool’s shot at a fairy tale season. Now, according to ESPN’s analysis, the team only has a 9 percent chance of ending its season atop the Premier League.
Star Luis Suarez, who is coming off a high of being named the PFA player of the year, left the game with his head buried in his jersey, soaking up sobs. What happened? The BBC answers:
“[T]heir fragile defense collapsed completely at the first sign of serious pressure as Palace sent Selhurst Park wild with goals from Damien Delaney and a double from substitute Dwight Gayle.”
Liverpool remains one point up on Manchester City, but with just one game left against Newcastle United it’ll be hard to keep the lead. City has two games left against also-rans Aston Villa and West Ham, and many people, including Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers, expect them to win both, the BBC reports. Even if they don’t, though, analysts say a win and a draw would more than likely give City the title. ESPN statistics put their chances of clinching the title at 91 percent. (Sidebar: BBC analysts say Chelsea — two points behind Liverpool with one match left at relegation-bound Cardiff City — also has a shot at the title, but it’s small enough that ESPN’s statistics don’t account for it.)
Not wanting to be left out of the drama, perhaps, Tottenham Hotspur, which currently holds the sixth position in the Premier League and has absolutely no chance of winning the league, chimed in on Twitter and mocked Liverpool. The tweet has since been deleted and chalked up to a hacker, but according to a screen shot captured by the Guardian, it read: “Brutal but very funny. The biggest capitulation since Newcastle in the ’90s.” The tweet also had this Vine attached:
The Tottenham Twitter jab refers to the 1995-96 Premier League season, when Newcastle had a 12-point lead but squandered it to finish the season second to Manchester United. The Vine clip shows the equalizing goal of Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle, followed by a close-up of the score from Sky’s coverage and an unrelated clip of Crystal Palace Manager Tony Pulis chuckling during a BBC interview, the Guardian explains. Quickly after the tweet was posted, however, Tottenham deleted it and followed up with an explanation and apology.
We are currently looking into a security issue where our official Vine account has been compromised.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 5, 2014
We apologise to anyone offended by a recent tweet, which was immediately deleted. This post was not tweeted by anyone affiliated to THFC.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 5, 2014