• David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace

A complete and utter contrast to the derby, as Liverpool dominated a flying Crystal Palace side, who arrived on the back of four straight wins which have put them in 9th.


Prior to the game, all the talk was of what Palace could do to upset our title celebrations and have the trophy presentation put on hold.


As it was, a slow opening 25 minutes was just Liverpool cranking up the gears before settling into a free-flowing game that Hodgson's side just couldn't cope with.


Liverpool systematically dismantled Palace, putting 4 past them, when double or triple that wouldn't have been far-fetched.


The stats tell it all though, with the Reds having 3/4's of the possession, with 18 more shots. Palace didn't manage a single shot on goal in the whole 90 minutes.


Sure, the exit of Wilfried Zaha early in the first half didn't help the visitors but the rhythm of the game was already building and it's doubtful him still being on would've made much of a difference, really.

Alisson - Absolutely nothing to do. Giving him a decent rating simply because he kept another clean sheet And he's sound. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold - What a return to Anfield for Trent, a special free-kick that set us on our way and a rampaging display down the right hand side. 8

Virgil Van Dijk - Possibly the easiest night he's had all season. Literally strolled through the game. 7

Joe Gomez - A rare boob aside, he was comfortable and sailed through without a care in the world. Wasn't tested, which may have explained his earlier slip up. 7


Andy Robertson - Wasn't quite Trent's equal, in terms of being a provider but he allowed Mane to flourish once again, just by being on the pitch. His support of the Senegalese winger takes him to another level in a way Milner or Gomez couldn't during the derby. 8

Fabinho - Well before his assist for Mo Salah he'd bossed the midfield and dominated Palace's attempts at getting away from their own half. Then came that incredible assist; a deftly weighted ball through that Salah chested down and stuck away. His goal was a barn-stormer too and nearly took the net off! Easy choice for MOM. 10 Man of the Match

Jordan Henderson - Great display, full of energy and did what he always does so well: allowed his more creative team mates to flourish and took one step closer to getting his hands on that elusive Premier League. 8

Gini Wijnaldum - Solid all round and had three chances to score. Another day, he'd have got at least one, as he was getting closer each time but couldn't quite find the finish. On a perfect day, he'd have had a hat-trick but today was perfect enough. 7


Sadio Mane - A goal, a performance of intensity, running and pure, world class wing play. He offers us something nobody else in the squad does, and he does it with sincerity and never less than 100% selflessness. His goal began with him helping to win the ball back, before he was put through to finish by Mo Salah. 8


Mo Salah - A goal, an assist, and probably should've had at least one or two more. Sometimes his greediness can slightly tarnish a great display, which was almost the case tonight, but he showed what we were missing in the derby. Oh, what could've been. Top class, just misses out on MOM because Fab was a phenomenon. 9

Roberto Firmino - Far better than what he produced at the weekend, and warranted staying on the pitch well into the second. He was unlucky a couple of times not to grab a goal or two himself but he'll have been happy with the solid shift he put in tonight. 7


Subs:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - Wasn't really on his game after coming on. Struggled to match his team mates' intensity. 6

Neco Williams - Another 10 minutes and a goal - or assist, either way - would've come. He was brilliant and managed to dominate the right wing after coming on. His last, best, moment was a twinkle-toed run into Palace's box before a left-footed shot was saved. 7


Takumi Minamino - Looked tidy and offers bags of energy. A great alternative to the front three. Should've had his opening goal, but Mo opted to shoot when an open net beckoned for him. 6


Naby Keita - Not really enough time to establish himself tonight. NA


Harvey Elliott - Ran a bit, took a couple of corners and looked happy to be on the pitch. NA



 
 

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