Manchester City's loss to Newcastle the night before presented Liverpool with a great chance to extend their lead, but an unbalanced team and icy conditions made for a hard evening against the resilient Foxes.
City defender Kyle Walker took particular delight in Liverpool's draw, mocking the result on Twitter before deleting it. I'm not sure what that says about us, it says a bit more about the other person. "I never celebrated that another team dropped points or lost a game", said the German. 'That's not how I understand sport'.
While the midfielder provided an assist against Palace, he did not particularly stand out in both encounters as the Premier League highflyers laboured to a win and draw against the Eagles and Claude Puel's men respectively.
"The pitch was hard and we needed to speed it up in the final third".
"I don't control them", Guardiola said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
"That's what we do, not counting points and hoping for gaps between us and other teams".
The mantra maintained by manager Jurgen Klopp and his players is that they are focused on themselves and do not pay attention to what City are doing.
"I hear people say it's unsporting, but it's an advantage, if their box is clear then it's better to defend".
"No, not a realistic target, after that, any time", said the Reds boss when asked about Gomez's possible return. It's no coincidence that in the first half we scored a goal in a box that was full of snow.
Meanwhile, Liverpool have the challenge of an away trip to the London Stadium to face West Ham. That's how it is, we can not change it. "After that any time, but we will see".
Responding to Walker's tweet, Pep Guardiola said: "The players tweeting or social media, Instagram, I can not control it". And to give me a price of bigger than 5/1, I'll add in Shkodran Mustafi to get his seventh yellow of the campaign, with Arsenal likely to face wave after wave of attack and the pace of Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in behind.