Liverpool ratings vs Crystal Palace: Mohamed Salah ineffective as Curtis Jones misses golden chances

Salah struggled against Crystals Palace (AP)
Salah struggled against Crystals Palace (AP)

Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes suffered an almighty blow as Crystal Palace earned a stunning 1-0 win at Anfield.

Eberechi Eze scored the game’s only goal after just 14 minutes as he converted smartly from Tyrick Mitchell’s cross.

In a game of missed chances from both sides, Curtis Jones, Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz were guilty of missing clear-cut chances as Liverpool handed Arsenal and Manchester City a boost in their respective title charges.

Dom Smith was at Anfield to rate the Liverpool players’ performances…

Alisson 6

Could do nothing about Eze’s opener and otherwise had a quiet afternoon as Palace created chances but misfired.

Conor Bradley 6

Did well in the first half but was replaced with a bad-looking injury just after half-time.

Ibrahima Konate 5

Had a decent chance when he headed over in the first half. Too lethargic in possession.

Virgil van Dijk 6

Mopped up loose balls well and was composed.

Andrew Robertson 7

Busy down the left all game, crossing into Liverpool’s front three and nicking the ball back off Palace when his team-mates had lost it.

Alexis Mac Allister 6

Shows every match he plays just how good he is at getting out of tight spaces, but this was a quiet afternoon from him.

Wataru Endo 5

Hit the bar from a corner with Liverpool’s one glorious chance of the first half. Hooked at the break.

Curtis Jones 4

Lost the ball too often. Missed two golden chances in the second half.

Jones missed good chances for Liverpool (Getty Images)
Jones missed good chances for Liverpool (Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah 5

An ineffectual display from a man who so often comes up big when the Reds most need him.

Darwin Nunez 5

Should have scored from a corner when Henderson blocked his volley. Otherwise quiet.

Luis Diaz 6

A couple of lung-busting runs showed he was up for the fight. No end product though.


Dominik Szoboszlai (Endo, 46’) 5

Achieved very little in the second half.

Cody Gakpo (Diaz, 66’) 5

Barely saw the ball.

Diogo Jota (Nunez, 66’) 5

Like Gakpo, hardly had a look in.

Harvey Elliott (Jones, 82’) N/A

Not used: Kelleher, Quansah, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Gravenberch