Liverpool’s 12-game unbeaten streak in all competitions came to a disappointing end when Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace beat the Reds 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday. This is the first game they have lost under their new manager Jurgen Klopp and will go into the international break on a bad note.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings from the game
Mignolet (2.5): Back to being shaky as he put his teammates under pressure. Should have done better to save Scott Dann’s winner late in the game.
Clyne (3): Provided loads of width and energy down the flank and his cross led to Coutinho’s goal in the first half.
Skrtel (2.5): Nothing extraordinary at the back as he stuck his task without much nonsense.
Sakho (2.5): Started the game in a tense manner and limped off just before half time after landing on his knee.
Moreno (3): Was exposed at the back a number of times but was superb with his deliveries into the other box.
Lucas (2.5): Lost Bolasie for his goal and was not adding anything in attack. Was generally solid at the back.
Can (2): Lost the ball a couple of times and his poor clearance gifted Bolasie his goal. A poor performance.
Ibe (3): Looked extremely dangerous with running and direct play. Had a part to play in Coutinho’s goal.
Lallana (3): Ducked at a cross he should have scored from but was generally involved in his team’s play for most of the game.
Coutinho (3): Continued his scoring streak as he swept home Liverpool’s equalizer just before half time. Looked creative when he was on the ball.
Benteke (3): Used his strength well up front but missed a couple of close chances to give his side the lead.
Hennessey (3): Made a number of crucial saves to keep his side in the game.
Kelly (3): Was continuously tested but kept his cool giving his former side no space on the flanks.
Dann (3.5): Solid against Benteke as he kept his quite for most of the game. Was quick to react for the late winner that gave his side all three points.
Delaney (3): Made a number of clearances when under extreme pressure as he closed down all doors for the home side.
Souare (3): Was bandaged after suffering a head injury and was troubled by Clyne and Ibe all throughout the game.
Zaha (3.5): His strength and pace troubled the Liverpool defense all game and his cross led to the opening goal.
McArthur (3): Made a goal line clearance from Lovren’s header and stuck to his task in the mid-field.
Cabaye (3): Controlled the tempo of his team in the centre as he held the ball up to set his team on the attack.
Puncheon (3): Found spaces in the middle of the park and brought out a fine save from Mignolet in the second half.
Sako (2.5): Did not effect the game enough as a lone striker and missed a golden opportunity to give his side the lead a little early.
Bolasie (3): Was strong and tricky to handle for Liverpool as he made a number of runs down the wings. Also took his goal really well to give Palace the lead in the first half.
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