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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool invariably don't do well after international breaks. It's one of those weird 'things', a bit like how we often struggle against Crystal Palace.


Today, we played Crystal Palace after an international break and for most of the match it looked as if our ability to pull a win our of our arses had left us.


But after Sadio had opened the scoring, before a Palace equaliser, Firmino popped up to score a late winner, with just over 5 minutes of normal time remaining.


Liverpool would once again grab all three points from a position where teams of old would've let the result slide out of sight.


Alisson - Had a few saves to make, none of them particularly difficult, but was definitely his most difficult day in a while. Will have been glad for the action, but not the goal let in. 7


Trent Alexander-Arnold - We seem to keep repeating the same thing about Trent, in that he does good and bad things, but is being targeted more and more by opposition teams because of it. Gomez would perhaps be a better defensive option but he offers next to no threat going forward. It is a big dilemma for Jurgen. 6


Virgil Van Dijk - The big Dutchman was in solid form. Rarely ruffled by Jordan Ayew but he lost out a header to Benteke once when he came on and it was like the world had ended. 7


Dejan Lovren - Outshone his more illustrious team mate, due to putting his neck (and head) on the line when required to. Was in great form. 8


Andy Robertson - Another game and another assist, the Scot withdrew from international duty and it was to our benefit in the end. He looked fresher than he has recently and defended well. 7


Fabinho - It wasn't his best of games but he was still fairly dominant in the middle, as most of the home team's threat came down the left hand side. Picked up a booking and will miss the match at home to Brighton next Saturday. 7


Gini Wijnaldum - Was in total control in middle throughout, came close at the end to making it 3-1 but couldn't muster any serious power. Looked comfortable, despite the home side's threat and retained possession well when we needed it. 7


Jordan Henderson - Was tasked with giving more assistance to Trent in the second half, with the right back struggling to defend against Zaha but wasn't able to provide as much cover as was necessary. Could never settle before coming off in the 2nd half for James Milner.. 6


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Was given a league start on the right of the forward line and really failed to make an impact. Delivered a few decent balls in during our best spell in the 2nd half, but was taken off for Origi after the hour mark. 6


Sadio Mane - Head and shoulders, was our best player today. Palace looked terrified of him and were clearly giving him special treatment, relieved that they only had Mane and no him and Salah to face as well. Scored the opener and was crucial in providing an outlet late on. 9 Man of the Match


Roberto Firmino - The tricky forward just couldn't find any real space to get into the game. Was found dropper more and more deep but was unable to make an impact. 6


Subs:


Divock Origi - Did literally nothing, but fell over a few times and looked like he wanted to come off. Klopp was not happy. 5


James Milner - Came on for Henderson but struggled to maintain the pace. Looks like his legs are not quite what they used to be lately. 6


Joe Gomez - On late on to help cover Trent. We won, so it must've worked. NA



 

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