CRYSTAL PALACE 0-0 LIVERPOOL: The Reds turned in a drab display as they played out a goalless draw at Selhurst Park, where Salah hit the crossbar early in the second half.
Mohamed Salah couldn’t get off the pitch quick enough after Liverpool’s drab goalless draw with Crystal Palace.
The Reds were held by the Eagles at Selhurst Park in a game which never really caught fire, despite both sides hitting the woodwork in the first period, with the returning Diogo Jota striking the outside of the post from close range and Jean-Philippe Mateta blazing against the bar after a mistake from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Palace defender Marc Guehi had also gone close with a header in the first period, but it was Salah who produced perhaps the game’s best moment early in the second half.
A quick Liverpool attack broke to the Egyptian, and he struck a curled shot against the crossbar with goalkeeper Vicente Guaita beaten.
Palace were left incensed at referee Darren England’s failure to award them a corner in stoppage time, with the official instead blowing for full-time.
And while home players surrounded the referee, and several Liverpool stars made their way over to the travelling fans, Salah quickly turned and headed down the Selhurst Park tunnel in the corner of the stadium.
The Egyptian looked devastated with the dropped points for Liverpool, and although the Reds did move up a place in the table to seventh, they are still some six points behind fourth placed Tottenham.
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Midfielder James Milner summed up the mood of the squad after the game, telling Sky Sports: “We’d like a better performance and three points but we didn’t get that.
“On the plus side we got a clean sheet away from home. The desire and fight was there but maybe not the creativity. We have created enough to win the game but it wasn’t as fluid as we’d like.
“We had to move on [from the Real Madrid defeat] as quick as possible. You saw the desire. If the midweek performance had affected us today we’d have conceded a goal. It wasn’t one of our best performances but it’s never easy at a place like this.
We haven’t been playing our best football this season. Little things that go against us, we’re not shrugging them off as well as we should do.
“Getting a clean sheet is a big thing. If we can be difficult to beat we have players who can score goals.
We have to keep going. We’re our harshest critics. It’s important we don’t listen to the noise outside. It’s down to us. We’re the only ones who can change it.
“We’ve fallen short this year. We have to dig down.
“The most important thing that matters is what’s said in the dressing room. It was important not to get too high before and not get too down now.”