Liverpool 1 Crystal Palace 3: Player ratings as Gerrard can’t conjure winner

Player ratings as Liverpool lose 3-1 to Crystal Palace on Steven Gerrard's final appearance

By Sam Rogers

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Could have done better to prevent Puncheon’s free-kick but was otherwise unflustered in the Livepool net in the first half. Couldn’t do much to prevent Zaha’s goal on the hour but should have done better with Glenn Murray’s goal, having saved the initial penalty to allow the rebound to bounce back to Murray for the third goal. 4/10

Alberto Moreno Looked solid in the wing-back role, making a few runs down the flank to try and stretch the Palace defence was replaced late on by Sinclair. 5

Martin Skrtel The Serb looked rocked solid at the back as he has so often in a Liverpool shirt during his career. Unable to prevent a Palace procession though. 5

Dejan Lovren Looking far more assured as part of a back three than he did at the start of the season. Did well to stem the threat of Chamakh for the most part. 6

Jordan Henderson Liverpool’s captain in waiting was everywhere in the first half. The future is bright for Liverpool as Henderson looks to fill the enourmous void left by the legend Gerrard. Should have scored after a brilliant ball by Coutinho. 6

Steven Gerrard Fared well on an emotional day for the enigmatic midfielder. Distributed well throughout, though he spent more time on the perifory of the action than he would have done in yesteryear. Will have been disappointed to go out in defeat and will feel he could have provided more for his side. 5

Jordan Ibe Lively down the flanks as the youngster looked to stem the threat of Palace’s talented wingers. Looked sharp throughout. 6

Raheem Sterling Pacey and enthusiastic as ever, always grabbing the attention of the Palace back four as a potential threat. Lacked penetration as the match wore on. 5

Adam Lallana Took his goal brilliantly, capitalising on some poor defending by the visitors. Was lively throughout. 6

Philippe Coutinho A real class act, looking for the ball and getting involved with everything Liverpool did going forward. Couldn’t ignite a Reds attack going forward. 7

Emre Can A bit too physical at times and wasted a guilt edged chance to get his side back in it with 20 minutes to go. 6

Substitutes

Lucas Leiva On for Lallana and tried his best to allow Gerrard some license to go forward. Couldn’t inspire a change. Gave away the penalty which consigned Liverpool to defeat but will feel aggreived as the challenge looked outside the box. 5

Jerome Sinclair On for Moreno and didn’t really get his chance to shine but Brendan Rodgers will be hoping he comes to the fore in seasons to come. 4

Rickie Lambert On for Ibe and couldn’t force his way past a resolute Palace defence. 5

Crystal Palace

Wayne Hennessey Left exposed by some shambolic work from his back four to concede in the first half. Otherwise he was rarely tested in a game where Liverpool looked unusually sheepish coming forward. 6

Pape Souare Obdurate in defence as his side looked to keep the threat of Lallana, Sterling and Coutinho at bay. Made some important blocks late on. 7

Joel Ward Forgettable afternoon for the defender. 4

Scott Dann Was part of an obvious set play for Puncheon’s free-kick and was solid at the back throughout as the kitchen sink got thrown at his side in the last 20 minutes. 6
Martin Kelly A shocking pass in the lead up to Liverpool’s goal. Wasn’t afraid to be physical with his former team-mates and disrupted played well throughout the match. 6

James McArthur Gave his all throughout and worked tirelessly to break up play in the centre of the park. 5

Chung-Yong Lee Looked out of touch given his recent injury problems and was replaced after an hour by Zaha. 4

Yannick Bolasie The star of the show for Palace didn’t get a goal but was everywhere for his side. Ran tirelessly for the entirety of the match and caused plenty of problems. 8Jason Puncheon Scored a magnificent free-kick to bring his side level and combined with Bolasie brilliantly during the match. 7

Joe Ledley Sharp for the visitors and kept everything ticking over in the midfield. Outshone at times by the speed demons but put a shift in nonetheless. 6

Marouanne Chamakh Out of sorts in the match and didn’t have the impact he would have liked but will take the result nonetheless. 6

Substitutes

Wilfried Zaha Replaced Lee on the hour. Scoring with in seconds off coming on with his first touch. 7

Jordan Mutch Came on towards the end to sure things up in midfield and did exactly that. 6

Glenn Murray Came on late on and converted a penalty to seal the win, albeit at his second attempt. 6

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