Selhurst Park again proved an unhappy hunting ground for Liverpool as Crystal Palace earned a 3-1 win in the Premier League on Sunday.
Dwight Gayle, Joe Ledley and Mile Jedinak got the goals to ensure Brendan Rodgers’ side, who famously let a three-goal lead slip at the ground last season in a game that derailed their Premier League title challenge, continued their poor start to the campaign.
It appeared Liverpool would exorcise the demons from last time out when Lambert, afforded a rare starting opportunity since returning to his boyhood team, converted his first goal for the club in the second minute.
But Gayle, whose double in that 3-3 draw proved so pivotal, levelled matters 15 minutes later as Palace found the ideal riposte.
Ledley and Jedinak finished the job with late strikes to heap further misery on Liverpool – whose bottom-half standing makes the lofty heights of 2013-14 seem an increasingly distant memory.
Palace, meanwhile, climbed out of the bottom three on goal difference following a first win in six league outings.
Liverpool flew out of the blocks to take the lead as Lambert, playing in place of the injured Mario Balotelli, justified his selection in the second minute.