Crystal Palace vs Liverpool Player ratings as Reds come from behind to top the Premier League table

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Liverpool shook off the frustration of another early Premier League kick-off on Saturday to grab a dramatic 2-1 win at Crystal Palace as Mo Salah scored his 200th Reds goal.

Jurgen Klopp raged against the fixture list ahead of his trip to Selhurst Park and the visitors struggled for momentum against Roy Hodgson’s hosts.

Despite their own poor recent form, Palace responded to the call to turn away chances, with the returning Alisson keeping Liverpool in the game either side of the break.

The VAR controversy reared its head again when Jean-Philippe Mateta coolly slotted home from the penalty spot after a clash with Jarell Quansah.

Klopp turned to his bench to turn the script as referee Andy Madley controversially sent off Jordan Ayew for a second yellow card and Salah grabbed his chance.

Curtis Jones’ crispness in the box set up Salah to hit his 150th Premier League goal, but the winner belonged to substitute Harvey Elliott – who headed home to break Palace hearts – to potentially push Hodgson towards a pre-Christmas exit.

Liverpool player ratings

GK: Alisson – 8/10 – On his unexpectedly early return from injury, Alisson reminded Liverpool exactly how much they miss him.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10 – Utterly unfazed by the biblical bluster swirling around Selhurst Park.

CB: Jarell Quansah – 4/10 – A half-second misjudgement sullied what had been a composed outing. Dragged off seconds after his penalty concession.

CB: Virgil van Dijk – 7/10 – The one tackle that Van Dijk missed was scrubbed off by VAR fortuitously.

LB: Kostas Tsimikas – 5/10 – Lost out more often than not in the flurry of 50-50 duels which Ayew creates.

CM: Dominik Szoboszlai – 4/10 – Struggled to exert his usual layer of influence over proceedings.

CM: Wataru Endo – 3/10 – Struggled to stem Palace’s surges forward in possession and left the attempts to bypass their hosts’ mid-block to his teammates. Could have few complaints about his half-time removal.

CM: Ryan Gravenberch – 3/10 – Desperate to drive forward but repeatedly cantered into a mass of red and blue.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 6/10 – Spent most of the match in the unfamiliar position of the contest’s fringes until converting Liverpool’s first shot on target as late as the 76th minute.

ST: Darwin Nunez – 3/10 – Sloppily mistimed his runs into the minimal space that Palace afforded behind their backline.

LW: Luis Diaz – 4/10 – Funnelled infield into a throng of Palace players whenever he picked up the ball.


Sub

SUB: Joe Gomez (46′ for Endo) – 5/10 – Freed up Alexander-Arnold to stay in midfield.

SUB: Cody Gakpo (57′ for Gravenberch) – 7/10 – Brought a sense of controlled drive to Liverpool’s lacklustre midfield.

SUB: Ibrahima Konate (57′ for Quansah) – 5/10

SUB: Harvey Elliott (74′ for Szoboszlai) – 7/10 – Broke Palace hearts with a crisp finish from the edge of the box.

SUB: Curtis Jones (74′ for Nunez) – 6/10

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