CRYSTAL PALACE 3-1 LIVERPOOL: THE SYSTEM JUST ISN’T WORKING
Well, there are no excuses for the poor display of recent times by Liverpool. Liverpool have now lost four of their last five games in the Premier League, with all of the last three ending in defeat. With Liverpool lying twelfth in the League table, it’s absolutely clear that the current Liverpool system isn’t working. Attribute it to injuries, poor form or a bad summer transfer window, but much cannot be expected from the current setup, unless some major business is done in January.
The Reds went Selhurst Park today to play away to Crystal Palace and actually made a really good start to the game, with Rickie Lambert finding the net in just 89 seconds ater the start whistle. A brilliant pass from Adam Lallana found Lambert directly on the D-box and it was an easy goal on the right for the England international.
But, Liverpool’s only lead in the game lasted just 15 more minutes as Dwight Gayle capitalized on a rebound off the crossbar from a shot by Yannick Bolasie (who I believe was the best player for Crystal Palace) to send the ball past Mignolet on the back of the net. Crystal Palace kept on making some dangerous attempt in the first half, while Liverpool also did manage to threaten the opposition defense sometimes. With Balotelli out with a groin injury, the responsibility to take free-kicks around good spots went to Gerrard. But sadly, he couldn’t make any impact today.
Fans had hoped that Liverpool would come back stronger in the second half. They even controlled the game for a fair amount of time, but the strike force of Liverpool simply looked ineffective in front of the Crystal Palace defense.
Then, in the 78th minute, Liverpool trailed for the first time in the game as Joe Ledley perfectly used his opportunity and found the net. It’s just strange to see why Liverpool just haven’t been able to find players that could do anything like Ledley. Despite spending a fortune to buy our players, Liverpool are just not looking like the team that finished second in the Premier League last year.
Finally, the little hope of seeing Liverpool bounce back and take something from the game was all over in the 81st minute when Australian midfielder Mile Jedinak scored from a 25 yard freekick.
Liverpool at least had one chance to reduce the deficit when Raheem Sterling was fouled just outside the D-box in the 83rd minute but Gerrard’s freekick went out of target.
The performances of Lambert, Mignolet (who perhaps saved at least 2 clear goals) and Joe Allen (who played on for around 70 minutes despite a cut on his head) were the only bright spots of the game for Liverpool.
Despite the poor game, I am still in favor of continuing with Brendon Rodgers for at least this season. We do know what he is capable of and perhaps we should truly put our opinions after observing what changes happen to the team in January.
The next game for Liverpool will be against Ludogorets at Bulgaria on Wednesday. It will be a do or die game and let’s hope that the Reds show some of their true potential under pressure.