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Liverpool player ratings as they cruise past Crystal Palace to put pressure on City

Liverpool player ratings, Six Sports

Here we have with us the Liverpool player ratings as they defeat Crystal Palace 1-3 to put pressure on Manchester City. Liverpool took advantage of the City draw at Southampton and a win at Crystal Palace must have boosted their confidence. City’s winning streak was halted at 12-matches by Southampton that worked in the favor of Liverpool and Chelsea.

Liverpool took the lead in just the 8th minute after Robertson put a pinpoint cross from the corner for Virgil van Dijk to finish. The Reds doubled their advantage in the 32nd minute with yet another beautiful cross from Robertson to Oxlade-Chamberlain who was unmarked in the box to finish.

However, Crystal Palace pulled one back after a sublime pass from Schlupp to Mateta who squared the ball to Edouard to score. Nevertheless, Liverpool restored their two-goal cushion as Fabinho slotted the ball into the net from the penalty spot. Guaita’s foul on Jota followed a lengthy VAR discussion before the penalty.

Liverpool will now have a ray of hope to catch Manchester City by surprise. However, City will be more cautious to not drop points from now. Both Liverpool and Chelsea took their opportunities to close the gap to the top. Anyhow it seems unlikely for City to drop more easy points.

Liverpool player ratings vs Crystal Palace

Alisson – 9/10

The scoreline would have been different if it was not for Alisson’s heroics. The Brazilian saved 5 shots and 2 of them were key saves that came from Olise.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

As usual, he distributed the ball in every possible and also defended well to avoid mistakes.

Joel Matip – 4/10

Joel Matip started the game even after he was substituted at half-time in midweek. Did not challenge physically and inaccurate passing led to Palace’s chances.

Virgil van Dijk – 6/10

Although he gave Liverpool the lead, this was not one of his best games at the club. He failed to mark Mateta for Palace’s goal and looked a bit uncomfortable at times.

Andy Roberston – 8/10

Showed why he is one of the best left-back in Europe. Registered two assists on his name with a great floated delivery for Oxlade Chamberlain.

Fabinho – 8/10

Put in a strong performance once again after facing Arsenal. Broke the opposition play well, got into tackles, and finished the game off with a penalty.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The skipper has been out of form for the past few matches and this match was also one of them. He struggled to press Palace enough during their time of dominance.

Curtis Jones – 7/10

He has found a good rhythm to his game and started the game after an impressive display against Arsenal. Took a few great touches in the opening minutes and provided a cunning intelligence to his side.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 7/10

He has now scored 3 goals in 4 starts for Liverpool and did well the whole game as he started on the right in the absence of Salah. Provided pace and energy to the Liverpool side.

Diogo Jota – 6/10

Jota started on the left and caused trouble to the Palace defenders. However, he was unable to find the scoresheet but won the penalty that finished the game.

Roberto Firmino – 5/10

He did well to find pockets of space and tried his usual tricks to find his teammates. Nevertheless, he was often sloppy and did not offer many attacking threats to Liverpool.

Substitutes

Takumi Minamino – 5/10

Could not get into the game and saw very little of the ball to offer something.

James Milner – N/A

Did not have enough time to influence the game.

Joe Gomez – N/A

Did not have enough time to influence the game.

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