Liverpool: Player ratings vs. Crystal Palace

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Liverpool suffered a fourth straight defeat for the first time since 2009, losing 3-1 away to Crystal Palace as their Selhurst Park curse struck again.

Things did start brightly for the Reds as they took the lead in the second minute through Rickie Lambert, who latched on to Adam Lallana's inch-perfect ball to score his first goal for his boyhood club.

Palace responded strongly though and were level just fifteen minutes later, when Dwight Gayle followed up Yannick Bolasie's effort that came off the post to be a thorn in Liverpool's side once more.

Joe Ledley then put Palace ahead late on in the second half before Mile Jedinak's superb free-kick wrapped up the three points for the Eagles.

There will be no hiding place for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers or his struggling troops after another calamitous away display, but which players deserve to be scrutinised the most and did anyone leave South London with their reputation intact?

Player Ratings for the Reds

Simon Mignolet 6

Failed to command his box once again, which is becoming a growing problem for the Belgian. Neil Warnock's side targeted him during set-pieces and his needless clearance in to touch led to the home side's second goal, which should have been easily avoided.

Javier Manquillo 5

The Spaniard had a tough time up against Yannick Bolasie, who was outstanding for Palace. Manquillo was menaced from the first to the final whistle and gave away needless fouls in dangerous positions. Offered little going forward and had a good chance late in the second half which was blundered.

Martin Skrtel 6

He is trying as hard as ever, but must become the leader of the Reds' defence or move on. The Slovakian's communication with Dejan Lovren was non-existent and several times the pair went for the same ball. Needlessly gave away the free-kick that lead to Palace's third.

Dejan Lovren 4

A dismal performance once again and his position in the Liverpool starting XI is under pressure. His positioning was poor, likewise his decision making and the Croat was turned inside-out by Bolasie for the home side's second.  

Glen Johnson 4

Slotted in at left-back, but was not good enough. He gave the ball away far too often and defensively he was under-par. Attempted to threaten going forward, but the England international's distribution was not good enough.

Steven Gerrard 5

The Liverpool captain did not pick his side up when they were struggling. He looked off the pace and should have been helping out defensively for Palace's second. Gerrard was once famous for his long-range shooting, however, it was abysmal today and wasted multiple opportunities.

Joe Allen 4.5

Offered little once again for his side. The Welshman had a chance to grab a regular place in Brendan Rodgers' side, but, failed on the main stage. He was non-existent for the most part and unnoticed when off the pitch with a head injury.

Philippe Coutinho 6

The Brazilian was trying to make things happen, however, the clustered Liverpool attacks meant little space was available for him. Had little to work with ahead of him but never stopped trying.

Adam Lallana 7

Started brightly and maintained his effort before being substituted. His assist for the Reds' goal was as good a pass as you'll see all season and made a bold impression to play more regularly. Should not have been brought off after 71 minutes.

Raheem Sterling 4.5

Not his usual self and gave the Palace defence few problems. Didn't look comfortable playing just off Lambert and was pushed off the ball far too easily throughout. Improved when pushed out wide.

Rickie Lambert 7

Finally netted his first goal since signing for Liverpool in the summer. His first touch when bringing down Lallana's pass was exquisite and the finish wasn't bad, either. Had several chances go begging after his goal which should have been converted, however.


Fabio Borini 6

Emre Can 6

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