No tackles made: Painful reading for Liverpool skipper and defender

Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel offered little to the Liverpool cause during their 3-1 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace.

Any fixture you lose 3-1, you would expect those down the spine of your side to have been kept busy and to have done all they can to help keep the scoreline respectable.

Holding midfielders should have hand their hands full containing those around them, while centre-halves must be able to say that they could have done no more to repel the threat of opposition forwards.

There is, however, every chance that Steven Gerrard and Martin Skrtel will have woken up on Monday morning wondering if they could have offered more to the Liverpool cause against Crystal Palace.

Selhurt Park has been an unhappy hunting ground for the Reds in recent times, with their Premier League title dreams dashed in south London last season, but they really should not have crumbled quite so easily on Sunday.

Having taken the lead inside 90 seconds through Rickie Lambert, the game was there to be dominated and won by Brendan Rodgers’ side.

Unfortunately for them, key men failed to deliver and the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Dwight Gayle caused all kinds of problems.

The Palace pair faced little resistance though, in truth, with senior figures at the heart of the visiting outfit failing to make a single tackle during 90 disappointing minutes.

  PositionTeamMatchWon TackleTotal TackleChallenge LostTotal ClearanceMins Played
Steven Gerrard MF Liverpool C. Palace vs Liverpool 0 0 0 5 90
Martin Skrtel DF Liverpool C. Palace vs Liverpool 0 0 1 14 90

Questions are already being raised as to whether Gerrard is capable of scaling the heights of his heyday and whether he needs to start taking more of a back seat at Anfield.

These statistics will only serve to fan the flames, with it up the captain to lead by example when the chips are down.

Skrtel also needs to raise his game considerably, with Liverpool’s soft underbelly this season being exposed by sides they really should be blowing away.

The Slovakian centre-half boasts the physical attributes required to hold his own against top-flight attackers, but there is only so long Rodgers – who finds himself falling under mounting pressure – can carry passengers before he has to tear up Plan A and start looking elsewhere for answers.

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