Liverpool 1 Crystal Palace 2: Player Ratings
Liverpool were defeated by their bogey team of recent times, Crystal Palace, on a wet, Sunday evening at Anfield. The Reds made a comeback after conceding an early goal, but suffered the set-piece blues as they fell to their first defeat under Jurgen Klopp. There are certainly lessons to be taken from tonight.
Simon Mignolet (5) – A jittery start from the keeper as he immediately put Sakho under stress after kick off. He could not have done anything for the opening goal, but needs to distribute the ball far quicker. The Belgian made a good save from Puncheon in the second-half. Although he made the initial save for the second goal, he was beaten by the second attempt. If looked at critically, maybe the Belgian could have parried the ball sideways. He was troubled by Zaha in the second half, but overall had a decent game.
Martin Skrtel (6) – A good performance from Skrtel, with him exhibiting his favorite traits of sweeping out attacking threats with his last ditch clearances. The whole defensive set up went pear shaped during the second goal with the big Slovakian being caught up in the melee.
Mamadou Sakho (40′) (6) – Imperious performance from Sakho, where he won most of his headers and was a calming presence at the back until he had to go off with a knee injury.
Alberto Moreno (5.5) – A good attacking performance from the left back, but his missed interception played a big part in the first goal conceded by Liverpool.
Emre Can (5) – A below average first-half from Emre Can, as his awry pass gave Cabaye a long distance attempt on goal. The goal also resulted from a poor clearance from the German. What was disappointing was that this was not the first occasion we have seen such clearances from him. He provided the drive from midfield and had lot of the ball, but could have passed the ball earlier a few times. He was substituted in the 65th minute for Firmino for a rest much needed.
Lucas Leiva (6) – Another energetic performance from the captain of the night as he completed yet another 90 minutes under the new coach. Made some good, raking passes forward but was conspicuous by his absence during the early counter attacks from Crystal Palace. As has been the trend, the Brazilian even attempted a shot on goal but the ball ended up in the stands.
Adam Lallana (7) – A very good performance in the first-half, with some good closing down and excellent first touches in the box. His intended (?) flick finished by Coutinho. Lallana continued his good performance in the second half being involved in multiple attacking plays.
Philippe Coutinho (7) – Another goal from the magician, as he seems to be slowly, but surely coming back into form. His late flourish into the box enabled him to get this third goal in two games. He was also a constant influence in the final third of the first-half. He continued his good performance in the second-half and was a constant attacking threat till the end, even unleashing a fierce left-footed shot late in the game.
Jordon Ibe (7.5) – Man of the match. An impressive opening half performance from Jordon Ibe, as he used his driving pace to constantly threaten Souare down the right flank. Ibe, with his goal from mid-week never stopped trying and played his part in the Liverpool goal too. Lots of positives this week for the teenager and hopefully he can carry this forward.
Christian Benteke (5.5) – Benteke was left frustrated in the first-half as the big man upfront was not involved much, missed a good opportunity in the first-half and was closed down superbly very early in the second-half when he had half a chance. He was a menacing presence throughout but needs to start converting the chances that are presented on a plate.
Dejan Lovren (5.5) – A first half substitute for Sakho, he made a good start, but was soon being troubled by the Crystal Palace attackers in the second-half as the Londoners began to attack in numbers.
Firmino (5.5) – He was bright going forward and put himself in some great positions from where he would have scored on another day. His below par marking meant Dann was presented with two opportunities to score their second goal.