Liverpool went back to the top, winning 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace. The scorers were Luis Suarez, playing at Anfield for the first time in a competitive game since he bit Ivanovic. The 2nd one was Daniel Sturridge, the inform striker. And from the spot, captain Steven Gerrard scored his 99th premier league goal. This was a routine win for Liverpool. Luis Suarez came back into a team, winning and scoring freely. They set of under pressure though, with Jimmy Kebe crossing it in for Jerome who just missed the header. Then Palace came forward again, with Kebe who went pass the keeper but the ball was cleared of the line by Kolo Toure. Then the goal came, Sterling the right-wing-back came forward, and gave it to Moses who twist&turned and gave the ball to Suarez. Who gave it to the overlapping Jose Enrique, who took it into the box pulled it back, and gave it to Luis Suarez who battled on the floor and squeezed it past Julian Speroni. Then the second came when Suarez headed the ball behind him for Sturridge, who took on 3 Palace defenders and finished it from a acute angle. The third came when Sterling, came forward and was apparently pulled back in the box. Gerrard took the pen, slotted into the left hand corner, 3-0 HT impressive first half performance.
|God is Good: Sturridge celebrates his goal.|
With LFC coming out for the second half, looking to extend their lead. Palace were looking forward to stop them. Liverpool came out firing on all cylinders. Sturridge&Suarez all going close. Liverpool fans are calling them the S.A.S (Sturridge and Suarez). Moses went close. Palace frustrating Liverpool. Palace came up the field in the closing stages, and got a free kick after Gayle was fouled. Gayle headed home, and it was 3-1 too late to create a comeback. Liverpool go top of the league.
"We haven't hit anywhere near the level, performance-wise, that we want to," Rodgers told BBC Sport.
"But we have shown we can win games even when we don't play at our best."
"It's not enough to just win games, for me, I'm very much someone who worries about playing well," former Swansea boss Rodgers said.
"We will take the three points here but we need to improve our level with the football.
"We put it at risk too much and that's a part of the system with the players that we've lost, so it's meant a shift to the structure and sometimes 3-5-2 is set up more as a counter attack." He said: "I've played them in a number of positions. I've played one of them up top and one of them in a semi-wide position, I've played Daniel through the middle and Luis in behind but Luis is not a number 10.
"They are both nine-and-a-halves in terms of how they can get in between defenders, and can drop in short or go long.
"They were exceptional today. In the first half in particular, some of their combination play and their link-up was outstanding and they are right up there with the best in this league.
"They have that telepathic understanding. You are doing drills to improve that understanding, but I think top players are on the same wavelength and that's what they are."