Like a gauge for Brendan Rodgers to determine Liverpool's regression it might be quite accurate. No better at the back compared to what they were 6 months
ago, much worse up front and utterly devoid of belief.
At least, once they somehow converted a three-goal lead right into a six-goal draw at Crystal Palace in May, they were in gung-ho quest for the goals to
create the Zi Xiu Tang Bee Pollen title to Anfield the very first time in Two decades.
Again they took charge at Selhurst Park, however it was down after Rickie Lambert had hit the target after 91 seconds, and again they again conceded three,
with Neil Warnock reaching for the salt to declare his disappointment at not scoring more.
Dwight Gayle levelled before half-time and Palace's heavily-bearded midfield warriors Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak scored a goal each inside a frenzied three
-minute spell close to the end of the rain-soaked game.Gayle and Ledley owed theirs to Yannick Bolasie, outstanding on the left-wing, where he tormented ill-protected Liverpool full-back Javier Manquillo, while
Jedinak's would be a stunning free-kick from 25 yards.Palace danced in delight because they sprang out of the Barclays Premier League's bottom three to within two points of the visitors, who next travel to
Bulgaria to face Ludogorets within the Champions League.Rodgers must stop this rotten run of results, even when which means sacrificing principles and making unpopular selection decisions. It will be a real test
of his judgment. His team have lost four in a row and have not won within the Premier League since mid-October.Six months ago, Liverpool were fresh, flamboyant and certain to score goals but the sale of Luis Suarez, form dips and injuries have left them looking miles
from that standard.Rodgers has lost the total amount and rhythm which made Liverpool so entertaining. He has lost the menace in attack although not the vulnerability behind or
the nagging questions about character and leadership, which Sportsmail's Jamie Carragher aired again on Sky TV.Without Daniel Sturridge or Mario Balotelli, Lambert started and scored his first Liverpool goal, when Adam Lallana caught Palace's former Liverpool full-
back Martin Kelly napping. Lambert collected it with the outside of his right foot and drove the ball low past Julian Speroni.'It might have knocked the stuffing from us,' said Warnock. 'You often see they were determined in the way they started and the way they celebrated that
goal. But you can score too early sometimes and that we created some good chances. We'd have done most teams today. I'm disappointed we didn't score more,
really.'Liverpool weren't helped by the fact Joe Allen cut his head and twice needed to leave the pitch for patching up. Gayle equalised throughout the second of
those short spells once the visitors were a guy down.Bolasie charged forward, accepting the invitation to shoot in the central defenders who decided not to squeeze out. His effort zipped across the wet surface
and thumped into a post.
Together with his pace and instinct, Gayle was first to the rebound, beating Martin Skrtel inside a foot race, and turned it into the net via Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool, having held their lead for only Ten minutes, were beset by doubt.Palace detected blood, refusing to permit them time for you to settle and pass, quickly in position to punish any touch not perfect. The slippery conditions
helped them prey on Liverpool's nerves and Bolasie relished the area available out wide, due to Liverpool's slender formation.It was an uncomfortable day for goalkeepers, but Mignolet designed a terrific save from Bolasie, a drive which skidded up from the wet turf when Gayle may
have blocked his view.Manquillo recovered to bar from Bolasie after a neat one-two with Jason Puncheon after a sweeping counter-attack after clearing a corner. Bolasie sliced
another shot wide before the break after Puncheon slid a pass behind Manquillo.Liverpool dominated possession but without penetration. They rarely got behind a Palace defence which lost Damien Delaney through injury within the first
half. Lambert twice headed crosses wide and Steven Gerrard tried his luck from long term, only to discover his efforts mocked by the Selhurst crowd.
Raheem Sterling contributed little besides a couple of penalty appeals: one when a cross crashed into Kelly's hand from close-range and another as he was
manhandled by Joel Ward, but Jon Moss gave neither.There have been 12 minutes left inside a messy and disjointed second-half, when Mignolet dragged a free-kick into straight touch.From the throw, Bolasie Zi Xiu Tang Pollen Capsule collected a flick, hooked the ball over their own head and muscled past Dejan Lovren. He looked up pulled a cross into the road to
Ledley, who finished first time, with his left foot.Selhurst Park was still bouncing when Jedinak curled in the third from a free-kick conceded by Skrtel as he jostled with Gayle. It had been a fourth goal in
seven games for that Palace skipper and also the joy was complete for Palace. The pain deepened for Liverpool.