Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool: Bolasie carves up Liverpool defense

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Yannick Bolasie sliced up Dejan Lovren and Javier Manquillo as Crystal Palace became the latest club to down the Reds as Brendan Rodgers falls for the third straight match.

Rickie Lambert scored his first Liverpool goal inside two minutes, but it was Crystal Palace’s day. Bolasie set up goals for Dwight Gayle and Joe Ledley, and a third from Mile Jedinak on a stellar free-kick set Selhurst Park alight.

Liverpool struck first thanks to Lambert who bagged his first goal with for the Reds, making it look too easy as Adam Lallana’s brilliant ball from the mid-line found Lambert ahead of the Palace defense and he cut home simply.

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Crystal Palace’s Yannick Bolasie was a force down both flanks at Selhurst Park against Liverpool.

Following the goal, both sides looked to lump low-percentage long balls up towards the front, but once Crystal Palace decided they were going to play through on Liverpool mistakes, they earned a reward.

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Joe Ledley pushed through the midfield strongly past a pair of challenges, and found Yannick Bolasie in space. Bolasie sprang forward to the top of the box where he unleashed a low drive that beat Simon Mignolet but cannoned back off the post. Dwight Gayle made a back-post run and latched onto the rebound under pressure from Martin Skrtel.

Rain began to fall more consistently, and Liverpool pushed themselves back into the ascendency on possession, but Palace remained the more dangerous. Bolasie again put a dangerous shot on net through traffic on the half-hour mark, but Mignolet was there to parry away on a dive.

The game progressed with an odd pace. It seemed cagey throughout the midfield but consistently burst into life before calming back into a lull. The home side broke numerous times with Bolasie continuing to cause Liverpool problems, but they couldn’t find anything from it before the halftime break.

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Crystal Palace came out of the tunnel the same they went in, dominating possession but unable to find that final ball. Liverpool grew into the second half, but Palace eventually punished the visitors for a leaky back line.

After tons of hard work, Joe Ledley put the home side in front when Bolasie’s cross found the midfielder all alone in the epicenter of the box, and Ledley poked the ball through Mignolet’s legs for the lead. Moments later, Skrtel was called for a questionable foul at the top of the box, and Palace captain Mile Jedinak stepped up and casted a luscious free-kick into the top right corner for a third.

The loss is the third in a row for Liverpool, who shockingly falls to 12th in the table below Tottenham on 14 points, their worst start to a season since the first season of the Premier League in 1992. Meanwhile, the three points are gigantic for Neil Warnock and Palace, who spring out of the relegation zone and into 15th.

LINEUPS:

Crystal Palace: Speroni; Kelly, Delaney (Hangeland 36′), Dann, Ward; Jedinak, Ledley, Bolasie (Bannan 86′), Puncheon (McArthur 76′); Gayle, Chamakh.

Goals: Gayle 17′, Ledley 78′, Jedinak 81′

Liverpool: Mignolet, Manquillo, Skrtel, Lovren, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen (Can 74′), Coutinho, Lallana (Borini 72′), Sterling, Lambert.

Goals: Lambert 2′