Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace: Three Key Takeaways

Analyzing the three key elements to Sunday's disappointing 1-0 loss to Crystal Palace.
Liverpool FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League
Liverpool FC v Crystal Palace - Premier League / Michael Steele/GettyImages

Sunday's match against 15th place Crystal Palace was one to forget, with the Reds failing to capitalize on every opportunity.

It was a second third consecutive disappointing result for the Reds as their inopportune slump continues on.

However, in every match, good and bad, there are always things that can be gleaned from the proceedings.

Here are my three key takeaways from a game I'd like to put behind us as quickly as possible.

Starting with the positives, Andy Robertson had a great outing, playing with that kind of passion is the kind of thing that will win us the title, and I loved it.

His goal-line save in the 18th minute was stunning and something to be commended. Robertson's wing play down the left side of the field was impressive as well, with him making overlapping runs into the opposing third again and again.

The Scottish fullback has made 270 appearances for Liverpool, netting a total of 9 goals throughout his time with the Reds and he looked as fresh as ever on Sunday.

Liverpool's midfield play was decent today, but it was their attack that just wasn't up to par again. The Reds had a total of 21 shots to Palace's 8, with only 6 of those 21 shots on target. The build up play through the midfield was lovely until we got in front of the net.

With Jurgen Klopp subbing off striker Darwin Nunez in the 66th minute along with winger Luis Diaz, the strike force up front felt all but empty.

Many of our opportunities throughout the game were within the 6 yard box, yet every shot seemed to be hit right at Dean Henderson, the Crystal Palace goalkeeper.

If we're to win the Premier League this year, we can't afford to have any more performances like that.

Even though we lost, we dominated the game in terms of possession and passing, which has consistently been the means by which we achieve victory this season.

By maintaining 70% possession and completing 970 touches and 720 passes, we were able to create a plethora of opportunities, which is something that needs to continue on for the rest of our games.

However, Palace had a whopping 46 clearances opposed to our 11, which further demonstrated how well they played, and how poor our forwards played.

The Reds will look to end this recent run of poor form against Atalanta in Italy on April 18th.