Luis Suárez resembled a defendant arriving at court as he hid his tears. Steven Gerrard, wont to kissing the camera, pushed it away. Liverpudlians blubbered like Bubba Watson. Others were on their knees.
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It is not over, yet, and in this most remarkable of Barclays Premier League seasons, it would be no surprise if there is another twist to the narrative. However, Liverpool's players and supporters' reactions to their capitulation at Crystal Palace appeared to signal it was all over for them, that the title drought would extend to a quarter of a century, rather than end at 24.
Vibrant, attacking and, purportedly, favoured by the neutrals, Liverpool are a mirror image of Kevin Keegan's Newcastle side 18 years ago. Appropriately and, unfortunately, for Brendan Rodgers and his team, they are braced for similar disappointment.