EPL 2016-17: Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool - Player Ratings
Liverpool exorcised past demons with a tough 4-2 victory against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Emre Can opened the scoring for Liverpool before James McArthur equalized for Palace. Liverpool went ahead with a Dejan Lovren header only to be brought back to level terms with McArthur's second.
However, Joel Matip gave the lead and Firmino added another in the second-half as Jurgen Klopp’s men won their 4th away game out of 6 away games so far this season. Liverpool are now unbeaten in 11 games across all competitions. The win keeps the Reds level on points with title rivals Manchester City and Arsenal as an unlikely title fight continues to gain steam.
Let’s take a look at the player ratings for the match.
Steve Mandanda: 7/10
The French goalkeeper could do nothing about the first two goals. He then made an outstanding save to deny Coutinho in the first-half before conceding to a powerful Matip header.
He started the second-half in a strong fashion with a fine stop off Mane. He did well to keep his team in the game but he was powerless to stop Liverpool’s attacking threat with a misfiring defence in front of him.
Joel Ward: 6/10
The 27-year old right-back was under pressure all evening with Coutinho and Moreno proving to be a nuisance. He was lucky to stay on the pitch after an unseen handball on Coutinho’s goal-bound header in the first-half.
Ward was much more involved in the second-half as the Eagles stepped up a gear, getting the better of Coutinho and supporting the attack. He faded towards the end of the game as Liverpool controlled possession.
James Tomkins: 5.5/10
The English centre-half had a tough time dealing with Liverpool’s attack and was guilty of leaving Matip unmarked for Liverpool’s third goal. He, along with Dann struggled with Liverpool’s attack and he was dragged wide by Lallana for Liverpool’s fourth.
Scott Dann: 5/10
The Eagles captain was easily outmuscled for Lovren’s goal and lost Firmino for Liverpool’s fourth. Overall, a tough night for the English centre-half who struggled with his positioning throughout the game.
Martin Kelly: 6/10
The former Liverpool full-back was up against the duo of Mane and Clyne all evening with the pair getting the better of him more often than not. He improved in the second-half along with the team defending better. Overall, Kelly put on a decent showing against his former club.
James McArthur: 7/10
The Scottish midfielder showed his presence of mind as he was in the right position to nod home Palace’s first goal. He further exposed Liverpool’s set-piece frailty by rising above Lovren to score Palace’s second.
He contributed little apart from the goals and would consider himself unlucky to be on the losing side after scoring twice.
Joe Ledley: 6/10
The Welsh international struggled to contain Liverpool’s scintillating attack in the first-half before improving in the second-half as Palace gained a foothold in the game. He was replaced by Puncheon in the second-half as Palace chased the game.
Yohan Cabaye: 5/10
The French midfielder failed to get into the game at all and put on an insipid display. He further picked up a booking for showing dissent.
Wilfried Zaha: 6/10
The pacy winger was guilty of switching off which allowed Moreno to run behind him which led to Liverpool’s opener. He struggled to contain Moreno for most of the match. In the attacking sense, he did well to deliver a quality cross for Palace’s second and made another blistering run in the first-half.
He continued to dazzle in the second-half with his pacy runs and troubled the Liverpool defence at times. However, he did not make the needed impact on the game.
Chung-Yong Lee: 6/10
The South-Korean attacker went missing in the first-half but did better in the second-half as he made a couple of bursting runs trying to create chances for Palace. He made way for Andros Townsend after the hour mark.
Christian Benteke: 7/10
The big Belgian cut an isolated figure up front as Palace struggled to provide him quality service or support in the opening 45 minutes. He burst into life in the second-half, getting the better of Liverpool defenders, forcing a couple of saves off Karius and was unlucky to not win a penalty after being fouled by Matip in the box.
A good display by Benteke but he failed to ruffle the Liverpool defence as much as he would have liked.
Andros Townsend: 6/10
The Englishman came on to provide more directness and support to Benteke from wide areas. He was, however, dealt with by the Liverpool defence.
Jason Puncheon: 5/10
Puncheon came on with Palace chasing a two-goal deficit and failed to make any notable contribution.
Fraizer Campbell: 4/10
Campbell hardly had any time to make an impact.