Jack Hallows gives his player ratings and thoughts on the defeat to Crystal Palace while attempting to use as little expletives as possible. 

Simon Mignolet: 6 – Had very little to do aside from the two goals. Can’t be blamed for the first but there’s always a feeling that goalkeepers and defenders should be doing better when you concede from a set piece.

Either way, he’s not the one to blame for the loss.

Nathaniel Clyne: 6 – Defended decently enough down the Reds right-hand side but provided very little in the way of attacking threat or an out ball for his centre-backs.

As much as I like him, his lack of end product in the final third is something that does admittedly need addressing.

Jöel Matip: 5 – Lost Benteke for the first goal, leaving the big Belgian against Clyne – a battle he was never losing – and while he wasn’t directly at fault for either goal in the same way his partner was, it wasn’t a particularly solid showing from the Cameroonian.

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Dejan Lovren: 4 – His worst performance of the season. Jamie Carragher placed a large amount of the blame at the Croatian doorstep and I’m inclined to agree. Sloppy passes early on set the tone for Lovren’s 90 minutes and while he was poor for the first, he was dreadful for the second. I’ll leave it there before this just becomes a character assassination.

James Milner: 5 – It’s becoming a laughable trend now. Teams will attack the Reds left-hand side time and again, knowing that Milner isn’t quick enough to get back and defend each and every time across 90 minutes and eventually they always get their reward. If Klopp doesn’t sign a left back this summer I’ll be surprised.

Lucas Leiva: 5 – This is both the right and wrong type of game for Lucas. In a sense, the physical battles are what he’s made for but in another, he just doesn’t have the mobility or creative vision to impact them anymore. One pass for Firmino almost sent the forward in on goal but really that was as good as it got.

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Gini Wijnaldum: 6 – Thrives in big games but in fixtures like this where an extra individual spark is needed the Dutchman can become a passenger. Some tidy link-up play and good work rate aside, Wijnaldum offered precious little else.

 

Emre Can: 5.5 – Not as influential as he’d been in recent weeks and looked out of place with no physical tussle to try and control or dominate. Wasn’t his day whatsoever.

Roberto Firmino: 5 – A really poor showing from the Brazilian after two outstanding away performances in recent weeks. Dragged a chance well wide of the Palace keeper’s post in the second period and should really have done better to get onto Lucas’ through ball.

Divock Origi: 5 – Poor decision making and a lack of real effort throughout rendered him practically anonymous across the 90 minutes. Shown up massively by his countryman and opposite number today.

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Philippe Coutinho: 7 – The only one to walk away with any credibility. Won the free kick and scored it sensationally and was unlucky not to register a second as he mazed his way past a number of defenders in the second half. Klopp will desperately be hoping he has indeed got his sights firmly set on staying at Liverpool.

Substitutes:

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6 – Offered some energy and pace but he’s not yet experienced enough to change a game in a drastic enough manner to overturn a 2-1 against a low block.

Alberto Moreno: N/A – Ran around.

Marko Grujic: N/A – Got a yellow card I think. Good to see him back on the field.

Manager:

Jürgen Klopp: 6 – It’s so hard in these games because his player’s fitness has let him down massively at times this season and realistically, this result isn’t his fault.

You can do all the work in the world on set pieces and defending at training but if your defenders are going to play how Lovren did today then it’s just going to go out the window.

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