79% pass accuracy, 0 tackles: Time for Rodgers to drop Liverpool’s talisman?

Steven Gerrard

Steven Gerrard's performance against Crystal Palace raised further questions over his regular starting place in Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool side.

Liverpool were deservedly beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday on yet another dismal afternoon for Brendan Rodgers and his side.

The visitors took an early lead through former Southampton star Rickie Lambert, but goals from Dwight Gayle, Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak secured all three points for Neil Warnock's side

Defeat in South London leaves Liverpool closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League places and saw the majority of Rodgers's side travel back to Merseyside with their confidence and reputation in tatters.

In particular, club captain Steven Gerrard's display proved disappointing.

The Liverpool talisman looked a yard off the pace at all times throughout this match. He came close with a couple of free-kicks and long range effort - all five of his shots ultimately missed the target - but he was otherwise a sluggish presence at the heart of the Liverpool midfield.

  TeamShotsShot Acc (%)Key PassesPassesPass Acc (%)Aerial WonInterceptionsTacklesMins
Steven Gerrard Liverpool 5 0% 1 68 79% 1 0 0 90

Defensively he offered next-to-nothing. He weighed in with one successful headed duel and five clearances, yet he failed to even attempt a single tackle or interception. 

Meanwhile, his overall influence on the game is quickly dwindling. A player fabled for his passing ability, over both long and short distances, Gerrard failed to get to grips with the pace of the game. Consequently, he proved inefficient in possession. 

The former England international complete just 79% of his 68 attempted passes, and despite accumulating 83 touches, he was able to fashion just a single chance for his team-mates. 

Despite his disappointing showing, the Liverpool skipper was still afforded a full 90 minutes by Rodgers. While his below-par form continues, so do the question marks regarding his regular place in the Irishman's side.

If suitable action is not taken, the Anfield faithful could soon turn on their beloved skipper.

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