Liverpool have finally come back from a trip to the Selhurst Park with smiles on their faces for the first time since 1997 as the Reds came back from behind and denied all odds to win the game even as they were down to 10 men. A last gasp controversial penalty by substitute Christian Benteke was enough for the Reds who are now in the 7th place just 6 points away from a top 4 spot.
Here are the player ratings for this game for both sides:
A McCarthy (1.5):
Was under pressure coming back from injury after September and made a dreadful clearance to give Liverpool their first goal in the game.
S Dann (2.5):
Was a strong presence at the back for Palace as he stuck to his job and also made himself a nuisance on set pieces at the other end.
D Delaney (2.5):
He was calm and composed for most of the game before giving away the last minute penalty that was coolly slotted home by Benteke.
J Ward (2.5):
A decent performance defensively but had to do a lot more for his side in the final third.
P Souare (2.5):
Put loads of pressure on the Liverpool mid-field and won a number of fouls in key areas but had to find some consistency in the final third.
W Zaha (3):
He made the life of Liverpool defenders miserable with his pace and trickery as he often got the better of the Liverpool back four but lacked a final product.
Y Bolasie (2.5):
Sent in some wonderful deliveries for his side into the Liverpool box and made a number of marauding runs into the opponents half in a decent performance.
Y Cabaye (2.5):
Was a constant threat with his positive balls forward from the back and was also good with his set piece deliveries.
M Jedinak (2.5):
Gave away the possession in the mid-field too cheaply but played in his team mates with some beautiful balls up front.
J Ledley (2.5):
Scored his first goal of the season when thumped home early in the second half but was hardly involved in anything after that breakthrough.
E Adebayor (2.5):
Was strong in the air and showed his experience at times but needed to do more for his team in the final third.
J Mutch (2.5)
B Sako (2.5)
D Gayle (2.5)
S Mignolet (3):
Did not have too much to do but stuck to his job well helping Liverpool stay in the game in the second half.
J Flanagan (2.5):
Was lost in possession at times and needed to be more positive with the ball but was solid defensively against he likes of Bolasie.
D Lovren (4):
Won everything in the air and on the ground and played in different positions after the red card in a man of the match performance from the ex-Southampton defender.
M Sakho (2.5):
Showed his pace to keep up with Palace’s attacks but needs to be stronger in the air and better with his passing from the back.
A Moreno (2.5):
Was once again caught out a number of times down his flank but more than made up for his mistakes keeping it tight for most of the game.
E Can (3):
Hardly put a foot wrong in the mid-field for the Reds as he controlled the game and drove Liverpool forward even when they were down to 10 men.
J Henderson (2.5):
Picked up an early yellow card but stayed strong till the end of the game and was responsible in possession.
J Milner (1.5):
Was hardly a threat going forward in the first half before his irresponsible challenge left Liverpool with just 10 men on the field for most of the second half.
R Firmino (3.5):
Was smart once again with his movement without the ball and stayed cool to slot home after a mistake from the home side to become the highest scorer for Liverpool this season.
A Lallana (2.5):
Looked lost in the middle as he found it hard to link with his team mates on a regular basis. But was full of energy and closing down in the final third.
D Origi (3):
Showed his pace and strength and came close to scoring a couple of times in the first half in a performance that is showing signs of improvement.
P Coutinho (3):
Came on late in the second half and straight away changed the tempo of the game driving his team forward from the back even when down to 10-men.
C Benteke (3):
Showed what he is capable of by holding the ball in the final third. Was also superb with his movement to win the penalty and showed great nerve to slot it home with minimal fuzz to give his side all three points.
K Toure (NA)