It just goes from bad to worse for Liverpool, already missing Daniel Sturridge who will be out for at least 6 weeks with a thigh injury; they lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace making it 3 losses in a row in the Premier League. Liverpool are 12th in the league with just 14 points from 12 games, while Palace, who were exceptional climb up to 15th in the table on to 12 points.
The match stared really well for Liverpool with Rickie Lambert, who started his second game for Liverpool, scoring the opening goal within 2 minutes but after that it was all Crystal Palace. Dwight Gayle equalized for Palace, he has now scored 4 goals in 3 games against Liverpool, and they then conceded two late goals, one from Joe Ledley and a brilliant free kick from man of the match Mile Jedinak.
It was the same issue for Liverpool; they just could not defend against a Palace side that had deflated the same team last season with a 3-3 draw.
Here are the player ratings for the Liverpool squad.
Simon Mignolet: 6.5/10
Did well during the game to keep out a Gayle header at the half hour, was not at fault for the second and third goals.
Javier Manquillo: 5/10
Was bothered constantly by the pace and creativity of Bolasie, Manquillo had a pretty awful day and the young right back probably put up one of the worst performances from the day.
Dejan Lovren: 4/10
The Croatian does not look like a top-level defender; he looks more like a Sunday league player. He just cannot seem to do anything right at Liverpool and Rodgers must be thinking of dropping the Croat against Ludogorets.
Martin Skrtel: 5/10
Was at fault for giving the free kick away for the third Palace goal, pretty average performance from the Slovakian.
Glen Johnson: 4.5/10
It is hard to explain the performance of Glen Johnson; it really is; a perfect Dr. Jekyll/ Mr Hyde performance, only Rodgers would know why he is offering Glen a contract extension.
Steven Gerrard: 4.5/10
A couple of good passes here and there but was completely outplayed by the opposition captain, Jedinak. Gerrard didn’t have one interception in the game, maybe he needs a rest.
Joe Allen: 5/10
The Welsh player continued to play even after suffering a nasty cut but he didn’t offer much for Liverpool in midfield, a workmanlike performance but what does he offer to the team?
Philipe Coutinho: 6/10
Started off brightly but like most of his games for Liverpool, he faded away and was barely influential in attack.
Adam Lallana: 6/10
Did very well to link up with his Southampton teammate early on but again could not do much in terms of attacking Palace, needs more time at Liverpool.
Raheem Sterling: 5/10
The youngster had another disappointing performance for the reds and is in desperate need for some form, he needs to be taken away from the firing line and given a break.
Rickie Lambert: 7.5/10
Scored his first goal for his boyhood club and won quite a few aerial duels, was the only impressive Liverpool player on show and should get more chances based on this outing.
Fabio Borini: 5/10
The Italian got another chance to impress but was not provided the service to make a difference
Emre Can: 5/10
Came on late but could not do much, too little time to play and impress.