Crystal Palace 3-1 Liverpool: Player Ratings

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Liverpool were deservedly beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace on Sunday, on yet another dismal afternoon for Brendan Rodgers and his side.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 23, 2014: Crystal Palace's captain Mile Jedinak scores the third goal against Liverpool during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

SIMON MIGNOLET (out of 10)- 6

The Belgian could do little about any of Palace’s goals, and his handling was solid all afternoon. His kicking remains shambolic, however.

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JAVIER MANQUILLO- 6

The young Spaniard made a couple of crucial interceptions in the first-half, but he was given a torrid time by Yannick Bolasie all afternoon. One of Liverpool’s better players, but that’s not saying much.

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MARTIN SKRTEL- 4.5

The Slovakian was extremely poor from start to finish, showing poor positional sense and typically erratic defending. Gave away a needless foul for Palace’s third goal. The back-line will be always be shaky with the 29-year-old in it.

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DEJAN LOVREN- 5.5

The £20 million man was actually slightly better than of late, but he is still way short of the player we expected to see when he joined in the summer. His partnership with Skrtel looks, quite frankly, calamitous.

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GLEN JOHNSON- 5

The 30-year-old was at his infuriating worst, showing a lackadaisical attitude all afternoon, and simply not offering enough quality defensively or going forward. He looks like a player who knows he’s leaving and the sooner Rodgers stops playing him, the better for all concerned.

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STEVEN GERRARD- 5

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 23, 2014: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard looks dejected as Crystal Palace score the third goal during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The skipper was not at the races all day, whether it be his shooting, defensive work or general influence on the game. His below-par form continues, and question marks remain over his regular place in the side. Still played the full 90 minutes though. Again.

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JOE ALLEN- 7

Allen divides opinion, but there can surely no doubting that he was the Reds’ standout player on the day. The Wales international used the ball intelligently, worked extremely hard and defended well throughout. Palace equalised because the 24-year-old was off the pitch receiving treatment. Unfairly subbed for Can when Gerrard was far more off form.

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ADAM LALLANA- 6

The 26-year-old was neat and tidy, but he seemed to be on the periphery of things from start to finish. Terrific ball for Lambert’s goal though.

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PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 5.5

The Brazilian often looked the most likely to open up the Palace defence, but too often he lost the ball or tried the impossible. You couldn’t question his effort, but he was very frustrating.

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RAHEEM STERLING- 5

The 19-year-old is way below his best at the moment, and he was poor again against the Eagles. He continually ran down blind alleys, and he inexcusably lost Joe Ledley for Palace’s second goal.

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RICKIE LAMBERT- 5.5

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, November 23, 2014: Liverpool's Rickie Lambert scores the first goal against Crystal Palace during the Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lambert’s afternoon got off to the perfect start, taking his first goal for Liverpool expertly, but he was pretty ineffective from that point on. If it had been Mario Balotelli producing that performance, he would have been slaughtered by some.

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Substitutes

FABIO BORINI (on for Lallana 71)- 5.5

Barring one awful cross, the Italian was unnoticed.

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EMRE CAN (on for Allen 74)- n/a

Did nothing of note.

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