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Liverpool player ratings vs Crystal Palace

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Adam Lallana's strike helped Liverpool advance to the quarter-final of the FA Cup for the first time since 2012 with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Selhurst Park has been the Reds' bogey ground in recent years and it looked as if the tradition was going to continue when Frazier Campbell latched on to a loose ball to give Palace the lead in the 15th minute.

Liverpool fightback

Four minutes after the break, Jordan Henderson's cross found Daniel Sturridge, who fired his volley past Julian Speroni to level things up.

Mario Balotelli, who had come on as a half-time substitute, sent in a fizzing free-kick that was parried by Speroni on 58 minutes, only for Adam Lallana to react first and wrap the tie up for the Merseyside giants.

It was a massive moment for the Reds, who held out for a victory that moves them in to the last eight of the competition. With so many Premier League clubs crashing out, Brendan Rodgers' side are now one of the favourites to go all the way.

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So how did the players do at Selhurst Park? Who had a great game and who let the side down - don't forget to have your say in the comments at the bottom of the article...

Simon Mignolet 7.5

Unlucky for Campbell's goal after making a smart save from Dwight Gayle. Targeted by Palace during set-pieces, but he kept his composure and made several strong punches and catches. Also made two other top saves to deny Gayle.

Emre Can 6.5

Failed to settle at the beginning of the game and used the ball poorly. Soon calmed down and made several excellent challenges as well as headers. Did well when he played further up the pitch as a wing-back.

Martin Skrtel 5.5

Poor header in the build-up to Campbell's goal and was menaced by Gayle for the most part. Gave away a needless free-kick in the closing stages of the game that could have cost his side.

Mamadou Sakho 7

Bold at the back and had an excellent duel with Yannick Bolasie. Drove the ball into the midfield and played some neat back-heels in awkward situations.

Lazar Markovic 6

Saw plenty of the ball in the opening stages and played one dangerous ball into the box in particular. However, failed to build on momentum and made some poor decisions at times. Subbed after 45 minutes.

Jordan Henderson 7

Energetic in the midfield but had to be careful after harshly being cautioned early on and could not influence the game defensively as usual. Excellent ball to find Sturridge for the goal.

Joe Allen 7.5

Busy within the midfield and used the ball with purpose. Made a few superb tackles to break down Palace attacks - an impressive display.

Alberto Moreno 6

Didn't see enough of the ball despite having space out wide. Defensively sound.

Adam Lallana 7

Neat touches throughout and was denied by a good save from Speroni before the break. Fantastic anticipation for his goal and the finish was more difficult than on the face of things.

Philippe Coutinho 6

Little space within the midfield and hung on to the ball for too long at times. Needs a break from the side.

Daniel Sturridge 7

Spread the ball well in the first-period and took his goal on the volley superbly. Tired as the game went on.

Substitutes

Mario Balotelli 7

Made the difference in the second-half. Used the ball cleverly and held it up with ease. His fizzing strike led to Lallana's winner.

Rickie Lambert 6.5

Worked hard and linked well with Lallana, spreading the ball well.

Dejan Lovren 6.5

Solid display when he replaced Coutinho not putting a foot wrong.

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