Liverpool hasn’t been at their best form since the start of the season and their poor start to the season continues after the Merseyside club were hammered 3-1 by Crystal Palace on Sunday. Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock made an interesting change in the squad that saw England international Dwight Gayle replacing the star striker Fraizer Campbell in the starting XI. The reds came into the match by making four changes, Manquillo came in for Moreno in the back four with Glen Johnson moving to the left side of the rack, Joe Allen and Adam Lallana replaced Emre Can and Jordan Henderson in the midfield and injured striker Mario Balotelli was replaced by Rickie Lambert.
Liverpool started off the match well and their intense pressure on the hosts gained them an early lead in the opening minutes of the contest. The goal involved the former Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, were the latter played a quality ball to the legs of his former teammate who perfectly controlled the ball into the penalty area and slotted the ball past Speroni. This was Lambert’s first goal in the red strip since his summer move from Southampton. However, the hosts started to exploit the Liverpool defense and level the scorecard. Yannick Bolasie was giving troubles in the right flank and he continued to surge their defense. In the 17th minute the D.R Congo striker carried the ball away from Liverpool midfield and made an effort on the goal from 25 yards that crashed back off the post but eventually ended in the legs of incoming forward Dwight Gayle who tapped in the rebound at the back of the net and leveled the scoreline. This is the fourth goal for the youngster against the visitors in the past two years. Liverpool weren’t looking sharp in the attack and they lacked creativity, the hosts meanwhile were looking to create problems to their opponents’ defense and gain a crucial lead against the visitors.
Liverpool didn’t do much in the first half except the early goal from Rickie Lambert. Meanwhile, the home side was looking comfortable and stable. Liverpool attackers didn’t create many problems to the Crystal Palace defense, but the home side wingers exploited Liverpool’s defense and mounted pressure on them from the start of the second half. Brendan Rodgers badly wanted a win and he made two tactical changes, which saw Borini and Can come in for Lallana and Allen. Neil Warnock made a tactical change which saw holding midfielder James McArthur coming on for Jason Puncheon. In the 78th minute Palace gained the lead, once again it was Yannick Bolasie who sets up Joe Ledley in the penalty area as the midfielder makes no mistake in converting the ball to back of the net. But the visitors looked to give a quick reply with Sterling played the ball in the penalty area but was brought down by Ward, but the referee wasn’t convinced to point to the spot. Palace sealed the game in the 83rd, this time it was the skipper who gave them the two goal lead by converting a free-kick from 25 yards and giving the fans their second home win of the season.
Man of the Match:
Yannick Bolasie was the man of the night; the African winger showed a brilliant display of strength and pace and gave no chance to the Liverpool defenders.