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Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool Player Ratings

Liverpool fans again had the defibrillators out as Jurgen Klopp’s ‘mentality monsters’ yet again demonstrated their incredible resilience as Bobby Firmino’s 85th minute winner cancelled out Wilfried Zaha’s late equaliser.

Sadio Mane opened the scoring for the Reds in a relatively poor performance Klopp’s team’s standards

Controversy ensued (obviously) after VAR correctly disallowed James Tomkins’ header at the back post late in the first half as Dejan Lovren was fouled as the free kick came in.

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Ratings

Alisson: 7

A solid performance for the Brazillian shot-stopper who was again unfortunate not to keep a clean sheet. Alisson did his job and couldn’t have done anything to keep out Zaha’s strike.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6.5

The Scouser in our team has been a stand out player in most games as of late, but not today.

A poor first half performance with a handful of sloppy passes was bettered in the latter 45 minutes as he held his own more often than not against a dangerous winger, his corner eventually lead to the winner although not through his influence.

Dejan Lovren: 6.5

Arguably one of the suspects at fault in Palace’s equaliser, but an all round average game which should be bettered in the future as he looks to maintain his starting position in the team.

Virgil van Dijk: 8.5

Another imperious display from the Dutch colossus, dampened by the lack of clean sheet from the team.

Virgil hardly put a foot wrong and marshalled the backline excellently, another great performance towards his bid for success in becoming a Ballon d’Or winner.

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Andy Robertson: 7.5

Not much to say on the Scottsman today as he played his usual role well, his contribution going forwards was one of the highlights as he provided an assist for the opener

Not a notable foot put wrong in a solid individual performance.

Fabinho: 7.5

A fairly standard performance from the holding midfielder, doing the job asked of him well while maintaining his record of not losing after being named in the starting lineup for a league fixture.

Picking up his fifth yellow card of the season means he’ll miss next week’s fixture vs Brighton, although perhaps this was done tactically, meaning he should be available for the Merseyside derby the following game.

Jordan Henderson: 7

Following in his team mate’s footsteps, a poor first half was bettered in the second, Mane’s early miss in the second half robbed him of a fantastic assist before he was eventually replaced by James Milner in the 79th minute.

Georginio Wijnaldum: 6

A very poor outing for one of the star men against Manchester City, with few touches of the ball as he struggled to make an impact on the game.

If he was wearing an Orange shirt, he probably would have rocketed his last-minute chance into the top corner.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 6

A poor outing for the man in form, although he can be cut some slack considering he was playing out of position on the wing in replacement of Mohamed Salah.

Replaced in the 64th minute for Divock Origi.

Roberto Firmino: 7.5

Scoring a late winner is all that matters ultimately, however it was a fairly quiet game for Bobby who definitely capable of a better all round performance.

Replaced by Joe Gomez in the 89th minute.

Sadio Mane: 9

Mane’s game today was a symbol of his performances this season, individually dragging the team with his determination and dynamism.

His movement caused the defence trouble all game, and after missing a relatively easy chance earlier on in the game, he redeemed himself by opening the scoring.

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Substitutes:

Divock Origi: 6

As Firmino won the game for the Reds, Divock Origi took the night off as he realised his superpowers weren’t needed.

An ineffective performance from the Belgian who had a limited amount of opportunities to make his mark on the game.

James Milner: 6

With only around 15 minutes to come on and provide stability, there is little to say about the Yorkshireman’s performance, although he didn’t stabilise the team too well, considering the equaliser came three minutes after his substitution.

Joe Gomez: N/A

With only a five minute cameo, he didn’t have an opportunity to showcase how he is in fact “the big man”

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