Player Ratings: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool (Bobby's megawatt smile is officially back!)

Now, who said it will be a tight game again? (Ok, we are kinda guilty...)


Liverpool started the weekend of Premier League games with a ruthless 7-0 victory over Crystal Palace, putting the pressure on the rest of the title contenders as they race six points clear.


liverpool celebrating a goal against palace
Image Source: Liverpool FC

Jurgen Klopp's men put on a finishing mastershow today, recording their biggest away victory in the top division. There were plenty of positives to take from the afternoon — a clean sheet; the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain; Roberto Firmino continuing his fine form; Naby Keita completing a full 90 minutes... the list goes on.


To be fair, the first half scoreline perhaps did not quite accurately reflect both team's performance this afternoon, but the Reds grew as the game went on and there was only one outcome.


The performance against Roy Hodgson's side was a massive statement sent to the rest of the league, as the ruthless Reds showed no signs of slowing down as they approach the festive period.


Now you gonna believe us...



Alisson Becker: 8/10


Comfortable afternoon the Alisson who had little to do. Sweeped up danger expertly when he was called upon; extremely tidy with the ball at his feet too. The Brazilian will be delighted with the clean sheet.


Trent Alexander-Arnold: 8/10


It was the perfect game to recapture his form, as the young right-back looked like he had brushed off the early season cobwebs with a sound performance. Displayed his usual wide array of passing, knocking the ball around with relatively ease. Layed off the ball for Jordan Henderson's superb strike, too.


Joel Matip: 9/10


The Cameroon defender has clearly formed a solid partnership with Fabinho over the recent weeks, putting in another assured performance. Matip impressed at both ends of the pitch — keeping the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Jordan Ayew quiet and set up Mo Salah's first goal, towering over the Palace defenders.



Fabinho: 9/10


It is a thankless task for any defenders to play against Zaha — one of the trickiest players in the league — but the Brazilian was having none of that. One of the most important players of the season so far, Fabinho showcased his quality yet again — putting in a couple of vital interceptions and tackles, especially in the first half.


Andy Robertson: 9/10


Another brilliant assist for the left-back, this time with a peach of a ball for Firmino after a lightning quick counter-attack. The Scottish international further cemented his stake as the best left-back in the world, and it is really not hard to see why.


And oh anyway — just in case you forgot — Robertson was signed from Hull City for a whopping 8 million pounds.


Jordan Henderson: 9/10


Henderson and liverpool team mates
Image Source: BBC

The captain was everywhere on the pitch this afternoon, and we mean EVERYWHERE. Henderson covered every inch of the field and dictated the tempo of the match expertly. Scored an absolute beauty too, curling the ball into the top corner with absolute finesse.


Gini Wijnaldum: 8/10


The Dutchman got a well-deserved break as he was taken off after 70 minutes, after playing a part in virtually every game this campaign. Wijnaldum was his usual self, keeping things neat and tidy in a midfield area the Reds completely dominated.


Naby Keita: 8/10


Perhaps the second biggest positive to take — other than registering three important points — is the return of the Guinean midfielder and completing the full 90 minutes. Keita looked a little shaky in the first half but grown as the game went on, showing good awareness and playing a couple of lovely passes — including the ball out wide to Alexander-Arnold for Henderson's goal.


Takumi Minamino: 8/10


Minamino and salah exchanging highfives
Image Source: The Liverpool Offside

A dream start for the Japanese international as he notched his first Premier League after just three minutes, finishing expertly into the bottom corner after a lovely pass from Sadio Mane. The ex-RB Leipzig pair look to have share a nice chemistry, exchanging some lovely passes during the game.


Minamino seized his opportunity well and in the most timely of fashion, as Klopp will be relying on his squad in the next few weeks as the games pile on.



Roberto Firmino: 10/10


Firmino scoring against palace
Image Source: LFC Globe

You know things at Liverpool are ticking when the trademark megawatt smile is back. Such an integral player for the Reds, Firmino carried on his fine form with two brilliant goals and an assist. The first goal — started smartly by the Brazilian himself — was no thanks to one of the best first touches you would see all season, while the second goal highlighted the confidence flowing through the forward at the moment. Unplayable.


Sadio Mane: 8/10

FIrmino and mane celebrating a goal
Image Source: The Guardian

The Sengalese winger was visibly upset when he was taken off after just 57 minutes, and you can understand why. Mane probably felt he could have added a couple more to his tally against the Eagles, after finishing expertly in the first half. One of the most important players, Klopp knew the wisest thing to do was not to take any chances with three points already in the bag.


Mo Salah: 9/10


Came on for Mane with over 30 minutes remaining, Salah did what Salah does. Scored two goals and went ahead in the race for the Golden Boot, the Egpytian curled a beautiful trademark goal past Vicente Guaita to score the game's final goal.


Curtis Jones: 7/10


Had little to do with the scoreline reading 5-0 to Liverpool, Jones kept things neat and simple in the centre of the pitch. Looking increasingly like the player his talent suggests.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: 7/10


With three points already secured, it was the perfect game for the Ox to mark his return with his first Premier League start of the campaign. Hit a couple of lovely diagonal crosses and displayed the directness he so often brings, the return of the English midfielder was the icing on the cake for Klopp.


 

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