Crystal Palace 1 Liverpool 2: Player Ratings

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For a change, it was Liverpool who inflicted heartbreak on Crystal Palace as a soft penalty in extra-time meant Liverpool came away with three points at Selhurst Park, after what seems like aeons. Surprisingly, Liverpool seemed more spirited once they were down to ten men and were duly rewarded with some long awaited luck.

Crystal Palace 1 Liverpool 2 Player Ratings

This is how the Reds fared tonight:

Simon Mignolet (6.5) – Mignolet had a solid first-half, swiftly coming off his line to deny Bolasie a clear chance at goal. Generally covered his angles well and distribution was quicker than normal. He could not have done anything for their goal though. Good game overall.

Jon Flanagan (4.5)  – Flanagan’s positioning was repeatedly exploited by Crystal Palace as Adebayor made runs in between Flanagan and Lovren when Crystal Palace counter-attacked. His offensive contribution was minimal to say the least with some really poor deliveries into the box. His problems continued in the second-half and it was no surprise to see him get hauled off after sixty minutes.

Dejan Lovren (7) – A mixed first-half for Lovren, as he was repeatedly exposed due to Flanagan’s positioning and had to track back often. He was excellent aerially from set-pieces, getting Liverpool out of potential problems. He had a solid second-half, especially once Liverpool were down to ten men, with him fulfilling the right-back duties.

Mamadou Sakho (7.5) – Sakho had a good first-half, covering his position well and snuffing out any potential threats. His passing was also good as usual. The second-half was more of the same, with him closing down the opposition well and finding his man when he was on the ball. Hopefully, he can remain fit to have a long run in the side.

Alberto Moreno (6.5) – Moreno was picked for this game, after being rested for the game against Manchester City. He was unfortunate to receive a yellow card in the first-half after he got the ball first but otherwise was good on the ball. Played really high in the second-half as Liverpool went in search of an equaliser. Had a scorching Risse-esque attempt late on which thundered back off the post.

Jordan Henderson (6) – Henderson was again paired with Emre Can in the midfield, and his passing seems to have gone into a set pattern of going to the right-back position as the first option . His game clearly needs to get into a higher gear. With a yellow card in the first-half, he had to restrain himself from lunging in. His verbal volleys were in full force though.

Emre Can (6.5) – Emre Can had a decent first-half, though he should have done much better in controlling the ball when Liverpool had a 4-on-2 man advantage on the counter attack. Moved into centre-half once Milner got sent off and seemed very comfortable there and had a solid second-half, often venturing into offensive areas from centre-back position.

James Milner (4.5) – What a contrast in performances for Milner within a few days. We saw the usual Milner today, with lots of effort and very less end product. Had just moved into right-back position when a second yellow sent him right back into the dressing room.

Adam Lallana (6) – A bright start to the game, off the back of a career-best performance for Liverpool which promised so much, but he was so rarely seen on the ball during the game. Made an excellent move to receive a great ball from Firmino in the second-half which was eventually spurned by Origi. Lots of hard work and running off the ball which is what one expects from him.

Roberto Firmino (6.5) – Firmino was pretty much anonymous throughout the first-half, but his second-half started better with his shot being Liverpool’s first shot on target on sixty-five minutes. Was gifted a goal by McCarthy, but the finish was indeed well executed. Was subbed late on during the game. He will surely have better games than this, but he wont complain about the goal.

Divock Origi (6) – It was a game of very few moments for Origi as Liverpool struggled to create anything worthwhile for the first sixty minutes. Origi tried dropping deeper, going wider into the channels to affect the game, but it was all in vain. He was taken off in the eightieth minute. More fruitful games in the future for Origi.


Philippe Coutinho (6)– Came in on sixty minutes for Flanagan and immediately got into his stride, often dropping deep to pull the strings. Had a couple of his long rangers too as Liverpool seemed more purposeful once they went down to ten men.

Christian Benteke (6.5) – Could have easily scored from his first touch and could have scored again during normal time. But he was not to be denied as Liverpool got a very late penalty and his ice-cool finish meant Liverpool took all three points. For a change, his tendency to crash like a sack benefited Liverpool.

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  1. Can played a really strong game today, if he wasn’t best on ground he was only second to Lovren. They were both incredible when we went a man down.
    Origi did everything you could ask of him against a parked bus. He was mauled all day but kept presenting and opening up spaces.

  2. Not too Biased (like 90% of the callers to Nina’s show, and Nina herself about James Milner then). Yes he was stupid today but to criticise his lack of end product?? He has 7 goals and 7 assists with a whole quarter of the season still to play! Confirmation bias or what? These are better stats than most of our attacking players and equal to most of our very best. We tend to play better with him in the side. For goodness sake, get off the guys back. Man City and their fans were really sorry to see him go, why do you think that is? Obviously because he’s terrible. His stats compare with ANYONE in our team/squad.

    • Milner is 9th in PL in chances created, which includes goals and assists the only other better for us is Firmino who is 4th.
      There are times Firmino plays passes that better players around him would get onto but the ones that click are sublime. The pass to Milner for his goal v City and his pass to Coutinho in the first City game were gems.
      I don’t get why people aren’t sold on both of these guys.

  3. plus Lovren gets LESS than Sakho! When everyone from the Echo to The Anfield Wrap to the Redmen TV and the sports pages of the nationals ALL either gave him man of the match, or at least 8 out of 10. Yes, we all love Sakho, but he really isn’t that good. In fact, bar about three games this season, he’s been absolutely awful. ps- Why all this judging of Flanagan when he’s played two and a half games after a HUGE injury, ridiculous. People have short memories, he was our best defender in 13/14.

  4. Could Lovren have turned a corner? He seems to be putting in better performances since Klopp came in.

    What has rookie captain offered vs. Crystal Palace?… Anyone?..Captaincy weighing heavy?
    Henderson has to kick in to higher gear. Poor performance after another as of late.

    • Hendo’ is still playing in pain, he has to keep playing until the injury on his heel bursts – sounds medieval, true though, which is why he’s playing within himself. I think him and Can are starting to form a formidable partnership which will only get better as Hendo’ recovers. His captainship is excellent, he never stops talking and shouting. If you look, it was him who harried the ref to go and speak to his linesman for the pen. We’ve been spoilt for Captains because of Stevie, who, was never a great Center-Mid, he was a world class no.10 behind Torres and a world class right sided midfielder. Hendo’ at his best is one of the best centre-mids in the league I think and especially when playing at a 100 miles an hour. His form will improve as his injury does but he has to play with this injury for it to get better – weird but true.

  5. I’d love to see Coutinho continue to drop a little deeper to find space and “pull the strings” like he did in this game and when we was behind SAS. He looks better when he has the space and time to pick out passes and work his magic instead of trying to force goals from 20+ yds.


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