Crystal Palace 1 Liverpool 2: Player ratings as Adam Lallana sparkles

Player ratings as Liverpool come from a goal down to beat Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the FA Cup

By Jonathan Spencer

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni Fantastic save to deny Lallana to equalise in the first half. However, he may feel he could have done a better job with handling Balotelli’s free-kick after his save fell straight to the feet of Lallana. 6/10

Martin Kelly A solid performance from the ex-Liverpool player. Dealt fairly well with Liverpool’s attacking threats even though most of the opposition play was down the opposite side to the fullback when he was on. 6

Brede Hangeland Nothing much he could do about either goals. He dealt fairly comfortably with Daniel Sturridge and the rest of Liverpool’s attack. 6

Scott Dann He gave away a free kick after a clumsy challenge on Balotelli, which resulted in Liverpool going ahead. Just like Hangeland, he also put in a solid performance against the skilful opposition. 5

Pape Souare He was lucky to not give away a penalty for a clumsy challenge on Sturridge. However, it was a solid debut from the Senegalese international. 6

Joel Ward Played out of position today and was asked to tightly mark Coutinho. He dealt well with the Liverpool playmaker, especially in the first half. 7

Joe Ledley A composed game in the middle of the park and he helped link Palace’s attacking play together. He also delivered a great ball to help set up the first goal. 7

Yannick Bolasie Not his best performance today. He did nothing of real significance in the match. He did not seem to have much of the ball and never really had the chance to take on the opposition defenders. 5

Marouane Chamakh He did not have too much of an impact on the game in the first half. He did however, cause Liverpool’s defence problems with his presence in the air. 5

Dwight Gayle Proved a nuisance and a threat down the left and caused the Liverpool defence problems. He played a major part in Palace’s goal after seeing his header saved by Mignolet, before it fell kindly to Campbell. However, he should have made it 2-0 but was denied by the Liverpool keeper. 7

Fraizer Campbell He scored Palace’s only goal in the first half with a good composed finish. Unfortunately, he could not get involved much in the game as most of it was played in Palace’s half. 6

Substitutes:

Jason Puncheon Worked hard and tried to get Palace back in the game with some crosses in to the box. He is in good form at the moment and is full of confidence. Pardew should have started him today. 6

Adlene Guedioura Nothing of real significance. Again, he tracked back well to halt Liverpool’s attacking play. 6

Wilfried Zaha He could not receive the ball much when he came on, so he didn’t have a great impact on the game. N/A

Liverpool

Simon Mignolet Confident performance. Commanded his area throughout the match and punched well from corners. Also, he made a brilliant save to deny Gayle from adding a second in the first half. 8

Emre Can Another good performance from the German. He was hardly troubled in defence and he was composed on the ball, linking up nicely with the midfield. 7

Martin Skrtel Should have done much better for Palace’s opening goal. He tried to clear Ledley’s pass but he performed a weak header, which led to Campbell slotting the opening goal home. 5

Mamadou Sakho A solid performance from the defender. Again, he wasn’t troubled too often but he dealt with everything that came his way, with comfort. 6

Lazar Markovic A strong performance from the Serb. Always looked a threat going forward and provided Liverpool with a good outlet down the right hand side. 6

Jordan Henderson Played a brilliant ball to Sturridge to set up the forward for the levelling goal. He was always a threat for the Palace defence and he found plenty of space in behind Palace’s midfield throughout the match. 7

Joe Allen He won’t get too much praise but he had a very good performance. He was very composed on the ball and helped Liverpool’s attacking play to flow. 7

Alberto Moreno He did not have much impact on the game. He didn’t really play a part in Liverpool’s clear chances and he wasn’t tested much when he had to defend. However, a solid performance and he did a job for his side when needed. 6

Adam Lallana (Man of the match) He could have equalised but was denied due to a fantastic save by Speroni. He linked up very well with the other attacking players with neat one touch passes. He also scored Liverpool’s winning goal by showing desire to follow up Balotelli’s stinging free-kick. 8

Philippe Coutinho As always, he provided a big threat for the Palace defence with his clever passes and agility. However, he did not have a huge impact on the game due to Ward man-marking him in the first half. 6

Daniel Sturridge Gave the ball away cheaply in the first half. However, he always found himself in threatening positions and he scored the equalising goal early in the second half with a powerful shot that went through Speroni’s legs. 7

Substitutes:

Mario Balotelli Hit a ferocious free-kick that Speroni couldn’t save, which fell into the path of Lallana to make it 2-1 to Liverpool. He kept his game simple and caused problems for the opposition’s defence. 7

Rickie Lambert He hardly had an impact on the game. N/A

Dejan Lovren Again, there is nothing of real significance to talk about with his performance. N/A

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