London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Liverpool's nightmare start to the Premier League season continued on Sunday when the Reds fell to a 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The intimate south London ground was the scene where Liverpool's title challenge came to an end last season as the Reds coughed up a 3-0 lead with nine minutes to play to draw 3-3, essentially ending their bid for a first league title in 24 years.
Star striker Daniel Sturridge looked set to make his return to the starting 11, but suffered another thigh injury in training during the week which will leave him on the sidelines for another six weeks.
With Mario Balotelli also on the shelf after picking up a knock on international duty, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was left with few attacking options.
Rickie Lambert got the start up top and the move paid immediate dividends as the boyhood Liverpool supporter got on the end of an excellent diagonal ball from former Southampton teammate Adam Lallana and slid it past Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni to give the Reds the lead after just 90 seconds.
But the Eagles drew level in the 17th minute when a well-placed strike from Yannick Bolasie smacked the post, but Dwight Gayle followed in nicely and fired home.
The match really opened up in the second half and the hosts took the lead 12 minutes from time when Bolasie got down the right flank and cut it back to the middle for Joe Ledley, who slid it through the legs of Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
The exclamation point came nine minutes from time, starting when Gayle got in behind Martin Skrtel, forcing the Slovakian defender to pull him down for a free kick from 25 yards out.
Palace captain Mile Jedinak stepped up and delivered a brilliant free kick into the top right corner of the net, leaving a sprawling Mignolet with no chance for a save.
Liverpool pushed forward, but were never able to grab another goal as Palace hung on for all three points to jump out of the relegation zone with 12 points.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are off to their worst start since the 1992-93 campaign with 14 points from 12 matches played. The Reds have also lost four straight across all competitions for the first time since 2009.
Also in the Premier League on Sunday, Tottenham-Hotspur claimed a 2-1 win over 10-man Hull City at the KC Stadium on the strength of a 90th-minute goal from Christian Eriksen.
Hull City had the upper hand early on and former Spurs player Jake Livermore put the home side in front after eight minutes.
Things swung in favor of Spurs five minutes into the second half when Hull forward Gaston Ramirez was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen while on the ground, reducing the hosts to 10 men.
Spurs drew level in the 61st minute through a goal from Harry Kane and just when it seemed the match would end in a draw, Eriksen uncorked a low strike from the center of the box with pace that beat Hull goalkeeper Allan McGregor to give Spurs a much-needed three points.
The result lifts Spurs to 17 points from 12 matches, while Hull City remains on 11 points, just one clear of the relegation zone.