An entire season has transpired since the night that will forever be known as ‘Crystanbul’ and the penultimate game of 2014/15 has arrived.
That fateful evening at Selhurst Park, on which Liverpool let slip a three-goal lead against Crystal Palace and allowed the Premier League title that had for so long eluded them to slip through their fingers, has seemingly cast a shadow over Liverpool and their captain Steven Gerrard for much of the campaign.
In a way it’s fitting that they face the Eagles once more, albeit in more supportive surroundings, on the day that Anfield bids farewell to lifelong Red Gerrard after 17 seasons of service.
There is the opportunity for a modicum of vengeance to be wrought on their visitors in sending him off on high.
However, here fate and filmic formula part company, for although Liverpool are 9/20 favourites, the draw 15/4 and the Eagles 6/1 underdogs for victory there is every chance that the visitors can come away with all three points.
The word ‘away’ in the previous sentence is loaded with potency where Palace are concerned, with the club having won seven of their nine such fixtures since Alan Pardew took the reins.
Allowing the opposition to labour in possession before slicing through them with the counter attacking prowess of Jason Puncheon, Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha is the modus operandi commonly relied upon for travelling point proliferation.
The fact that their only road reverses under Pardew have come 1-0 against the division’s best defences in Chelsea and Southampton only reinforce this point further.
Palace have taken points from their last two clashes with Liverpool (albeit both times at Selhurst Park) in extremely divergent circumstances.
Their 3-3 draw in 2013/14 took place with both sides on the crest of a wave, Liverpool in pursuit of the title and Palace their unlikely top-flight survival.
Earlier this season, they clashed in mutual poor form with the Reds incoherent and the Eagles rudderless under Neil Warnock.
This time both are playing out time ahead of the summer, with Gerrard’s farewell the only motivational fillip on offer for either team.
The problem is Liverpool are statistically a worse team with him in it in 2014/15, winning 38% of games he starts compared to 59% of those he doesn’t, and they may pay the price for seeing off their hero in points as a result.