Rodgers: Liverpool defence not good enough

Brendan Rodgers watched his side throw away a three-goal lead. Photo: PA

Brendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool side must improve defensively if they are to remain a force at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

The Reds let a three-goal lead slip at Crystal Palace on Monday night and could only leave south London with a draw as they handed the momentum in the title race over to Manchester City.

Goals from Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez took Liverpool's league tally to just one shy of 100 for the season but their defensive inefficiencies were once again laid bare as a Damien Delaney strike and a Dwight Gayle brace earned a memorable draw for Palace.

The result left double player of the year Suarez in floods of tears at the full-time whistle as his contribution of 31 league goals look increasingly likely to be part of a title tilt that falls just short.

Luis Suarez didn't like Liverpool's defender. Credit: PA

Rodgers will now be relying on favours from Aston Villa and West Ham, City's final two opponents, and the Northern Irishman knows where he needs to make changes in the summer to come back and fight for silverware next year.

"It (the defence) is an area that we know we need to be better at," he told Liverpool's official website.

"We've improved a lot in many aspects of our game and that will be an area I'm sure we'll look at - and nobody more so than myself.

"That's 99 goals we've scored this season, so to come here and be 3-0 up and concede three goals, as a coach, that's what you have to look at.

"The players gave everything, as they do. But we just didn't defend well enough...If you defend like that, you're going to concede goals and that was the disappointment.

"We got the three goals and we could have had more, but it's not good enough, the management of the game in those 12 minutes. And that's something going forward that we will need to look at, because you can't do it."

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was critical of the defensive efforts at Selhurst Park in his role as a pundit on Sky Sports.

Carragher said the defending was 'not acceptable' and that 'the defensive side of this team is not up to scratch'.