It does feel as though Liverpool win every game 2-1 at the moment. For the fifth time in eight Premier League fixtures, Jürgen Klopp’s side emerged victorious via that scoreline, today battling through to an important three points at Selhurst Park.
With Liverpool very poor for 45 minutes, it always felt that Crystal Palace needed to take advantage of their early superiority if they were to avoid defeat. James Tomkins thought he had done so, before VAR spotted a push on Dejan Lovren which ruled the Eagles’ opener out.
As expected, Liverpool improved after the break and took a (legal) lead when Sadio Mané’s deflected effort trickled home. The Reds then had opportunities to extend their lead before a Wilfried Zaha strike threatened to strip them of two points.
But when Palace failed to clear from a corner, Bobby Firmino was on hand to fire home and ensure his side maintain an eight-point lead atop the Premier League table.
A very hungover Don Kopleone can provide some match ratings, after a reminder of his system.
Alisson 7 — Solid throughout, making plenty of good — if unspectacular — saves.
Trent 6 — Horrid first half, giving away possession far too easily, but improved after the break.
Degsy 7 — Another promising display from the Croat, who is enjoying a long run in the first team. Almost able to make it 2-0 when arriving at the back post.
Big Virg 8 — Awesome in the air, the Dutch powerhouse’s timing of the challenge was often impeccable. One of his best performances so far this season. Man of the match.
Robbo 7 — Offered more getting forward than Trent today. Assist for Mané’s opener was fortunate, however.
Hendo 6 — Failed to exert enough influence in the midfield battle.
Fabs 6.5 — While not a bad performance from the Brazilian, this was a level off his display against Man City two weeks ago. Booking rules him out of the upcoming Brighton tie.
Gini 6 — Another whose level improved after the break. Shot straight at Guaita with a late chance.
Sadio 7 — Continues to be Liverpool’s key man offensively this season, scoring in a fifth consecutive Liverpool-Palace fixture.
Bobby 7 — Crucial late winner, but should have doubled the Reds’ lead at 1-0, when impressively denied by Guaita.
Ox 6.5 — Looked lost at times in the first period, but Ox was part of the spark that lifted the Reds’ second half performance. Probably unlucky to be the first Liverpool player hooked.
Divvy 6.5 — Found himself in the wars after a few tasty challenges.
Milly 6.5 — My stream cut out for his first five on-pitch minutes.
JoGo N/A — Brought on against Zaha to see out the game.