5 Things We Learned From Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool


1. Selhurst Park is still a fortress

The Premier League’s least fashionable ground is still one of the top flight’s hardest away days. A goal down early on, Palace didn’t crumble and the home support were rewarded for keeping the faith. This was a hard defeat to stomach for Liverpool, but better sides than them will lose at Selhurst Park.

 

2. Lambert Can Do What Balotelli Can’t

And that’s score. In fact, it took Balotelli’s understudy a mere 90 seconds to find the back of the net in what was only his third ever shot for Liverpool. Lambert certainly deserved his place in the starting line-up and shouldn’t have been made to wait for an injury to Balotelli to get his chance.

 

3. Alarm bells are ringing for Rodgers

This was Liverpool’s fourth defeat in a row and is their worst start to a top-flight campaign in 22 years. Things are getting serious for Rodgers, for whom the problems mount. Things could get even worse for the Liverpool boss if his side crash out of the Champions League this week.

 

4. Yannick Bolasie is key for Palace

Liverpool just couldn’t handle him. His searing pace and powerful runs were a thorn in Liverpool’s side all afternoon and, if Crystal Palace are to match last season’s league position or even avoid relegation, they’ll need to get the best from Bolasie. A constant menace.

 

5. This could be a turning point for the Eagles

Losing Tony Pulis on the eve of the Premier League season was far from ideal preparation and the Eagles, who didn’t exactly get off to a flyer under Neil Warnock. But with two home games coming up against Aston Villa and Stoke, Palace will be hoping to build on this famous result.