Five things we learned from Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Chelsea

Liverpool lost 2-1 to Chelsea on Saturday, but what did we learn about Brendan Rodgers' side?

Steven Gerrard is becoming an increasing issue

He's had a great career, he's been a terrific servant to Liverpool, but it's abundantly clear that Steven Gerrard's time at the top is coming to an end.

Gerrard struggled to get around the pitch as Oscar exploited areas near the Liverpool captain, whilst his passing seems to be eroding as the weeks go by.

With rumours rife over his future, Liverpool need to make a decision - there's little room for sentiment in football, and depending on the money involved, Gerrard may need to go for Liverpool to progress.

Emre Can has bags of potential

With that in mind, it's interesting to see how well German youngster Can fared. Handed a start alongside Gerrard and Can in the heart of the Liverpool midfield - and he didn't disappoint.

Can opened the scoring with a deflected shot, but he got himself into space and strode forward confidently before firing a shot towards the goal.

He was lively, energetic and willing to contribute in attack and defence. The former Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen man has shown that he has lots of potential, and could end up being Gerrard's replacement.

Playing out from the back is causing problems

Ever since his time at Swansea City and even before that at Reading and Watford, Brendan Rodgers has encouraged his teams to pass out from the back.

It got his Swansea defence into trouble at times, but he said that he'd rather players make mistakes and learn from them rather than hit the ball long.

Well, on Saturday we saw that the trio of Simon Mignolet, Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren struggled to effectively build attacks from the back, regularly getting themselves into tricky situations through pondering and poor passing.

Rickie Lambert has no impact as a substitute

When manager Rodgers looked to add more players to his attack, he decided to bring Southampton striker Rickie Lambert back to Anfield.

The 32-year-old hit 28 goals in two seasons for Southampton, and as a Merseyside native and former Liverpool trainee, it was quite the homecoming for a player who plied his trade with Bristol Rovers just five years ago.

However, the intention was primarily for him to be a game changing target man - yet after coming on with just ten minutes to play, Lambert completely failed to offer anything in the Liverpool attack as the game fizzled out.

Liverpool need to let Glen Johnson leave

Much has been made over Glen Johnson being left out of Roy Hodgson's England squad, with the former Liverpool boss citing Johnson's bit-part role at Anfield this season.

Yet on Saturday, it was obvious why Johnson hasn't been playing as much this season. He was poor defensively, ponderous in possession and generally disappointing.

With his contract set to expire in 2015, Liverpool need to either sell him in January or let him leave for free next summer. Either way, it's time for him to go.

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