Liverpool succumbed to a disappointing 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace on Saturday, in Steven Gerrard’s last home game for the club. Henry Jackson assesses each Reds player on an emotional day at Anfield.
Liverpool 1-3 Crystal Palace
Premier League – Anfield – Saturday, 16th May 2015
Goals: Lallana (26); Puncheon (43), Zaha (60), Murray pen (90)
SIMON MIGNOLET- 5.5
The 27-year-old won’t be happy with the way in which he let Jason Puncheon’s free-kick past him- he stepped needlessly to the right as the ball was struck- but otherwise he had a solid afternoon.
The Belgian saved Glenn Murray’s penalty in the dying moments, but could do nothing about stopping the rebound. Once again, one of his side’s better players.
EMRE CAN- 6
The German was a lively presence throughout the game, but also something of a liability at times.
The 21-year-old showed good use of the ball, as well as physical strength, but he was guilty of not picking the easy option enough. He again struggled at right-back when Brendan Rodgers changed from a 3-4-3 formation after the break.
MARTIN SKRTEL- 5
After a very impressive second-half to the season, the Slovakian had a pretty poor day at the office. He looked rattled by the pace of Yannick Bolasie a number of times, and sliced one horrible clearance into the crowd.
Dejan Lovren is the worst centre-back #LFC have had for a very, very, VERY long time.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) May 16, 2015
DEJAN LOVREN- 3
It has been a very poor first year on Merseyside for Lovren, and he performed appallingly against Alan Pardew’s side.
Positionally the Croatia international was awful, and his passing, pace and overall quality looked well short of Liverpool standard. Not good enough.
STEVEN GERRARD- 10
Who cares if Gerrard actually had a fairly average final game at Anfield. For everything he has done for Liverpool Football Club, he is worthy of the most richly-deserved 10/10 in history.
JORDAN HENDERSON- 7
On a day when so many Reds players performed badly, Henderson was one who could come away with his head held relatively high.
He showed constant endeavour in the middle of the park, bursting forward, making tackles and spraying passes. Remind you of anyone?
JORDON IBE- 5.5
The 19-year-old was deployed as a right wing-back, but never really managed to stamp his authority on proceedings. He showed plenty of quick footwork and powerful running, but invariably little came of it.
Ibe is an enormous talent though, and is someone who will only get better in the coming years.
Alberto Moreno didn't win a single tackle during his 86 mins on the pitch today for Liverpool.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 16, 2015
ALBERTO MORENO- 5.5
The young Spaniard showed some good attacking thrust from his left wing-back role, without really managing to influence the game.
There are still definite doubts over whether Moreno is good enough defensively, with some of his decision-making leaving a lot to be desired, but he is worth persevering with.
ADAM LALLANA- 6
Lallana has had plenty of unfair criticism this season, given his injury struggles, and he showed that there is reason to feel positive about him kicking on next season.
The Englishman took his goal very well to give Liverpool the lead, and his work-rate and trickery were also impressive before he was substituted in the second-half. Promising.
PHILIPPE COUTINHO- 6
Perhaps we just expect too much from Coutinho now, given his brilliance this season, but he did not enjoy a particularly impressive afternoon.
The usual class and vision was out in full force, but too often he gave the ball away or attempted 25-yard curlers into the top corner when a better option was on. His effort levels could not be questioned, however.
RAHEEM STERLING- 4.5
Sterling has endured a miserable end to his season, looking a shadow of his 2013/14 self ever since doing that ill-judged interview with the BBC.
The 20-year-old looked a little disinterested at times, and his decision-making and technical quality was nowhere near good enough. There is every chance that he has also just played his final Liverpool game at Anfield.
LUCAS LEIVA (on for Ibe ’65)- 6
The Brazilian broke up play nicely a few times, but gave away a penalty in the last minute, even if his tackle on Wilfried Zaha was made outside the area.
RICKIE LAMBERT (on for Lallana ’65)- n/a
The 33-year-old didn’t do anything of note, barring holding the ball up fairly well a couple of times.
JEROME SINCLAIR (on for Moreno ’87)- n/a
No time to make an impact for the youngster.
BRENDAN RODGERS- 1
As the ‘In Rodgers We Trust’ sign flew over Anfield, the Reds manager was having one of those days that make so many supporters doubt him.
He changed the formation three times, starting with three at the back, and eventually finished with a one-paced duo of Steven Gerrard and Rickie Lambert in attack.
It all seemed very clueless, and will only put more pressure on the Northern Irishman.
Referee: Jonathan Moss- 4.5
Moss was having a solid game until the dying moments, when he ridiculously awarded Palace a penalty when Lucas’ tackle was clearly made outside the penalty area. He could possibly have given the visitors a spot-kick in the first-half too, following a handball by Martin Skrtel.
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