Premier League Statistics: Liverpool 4-3 Crystal Palace
- Date – 19th January 2019
- Venue – Anfield
- Attendance – 53, 171
- Referee – Jonathan Moss
- Yellow cards – Ayew, Milner
- Red cards – Milner
- Goals – Townsend (34), Salah (46), Firmino (53), Tomkins (65), Salah (75), Mane (90), Meyer (90)
- STAR EAGLE – James Tomkins (7.7)
The time is not for despondancy after this defeat but to be proud of the efforts by a hard working bunch of players that came close to taking the scalp of another side challenging for the title. To go to the Etihad and to Anfield and score three goals each time is quite a feat and while there were certainly worries among the home crowd, the Reds had just enough to take all three points. If only for a couple of deflections and a horrid goalkeeping error, it could have been so much more for the visitors but there is plenty to take from this defeat that suggests there is enough in this Palace side to be nowhere near the drop come the end of the season.
PLAYER RATINGS (courtesy of Who Scored)
1 JULIAN SPERONI (5.5) – The legend made an unlikely appearance in what is expected to be his final season as a player. Made a very good save early on but made a howler which led to the all important third goal for the hosts.
29 AARON WAN-BISSAKA (6.7) – The young full back never seems to be overawed by the opposition and that continued with some strong challenges in what seemed a constant flow directed at the Eagles back line.
5 JAMES TOMKINS (7.7 – GOAL!) – Got himself on the score sheet with a great header from a corner which he deserved for his all round performance.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (6.8) – Up against his former employers and stood firm once again in a challenge that he relished. Just like Luka, questioned the ease at which Salah hit the floor.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6.9) – Still out of sorts but he is more exposed than fellow full back Wan-Bissaka simply because he has Zaha playing on front of him who does not provide the support Townsend does. Was culpable for not clearing the ball enough which led to one of the goals.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6.3) – Not one of his better games in what was a busy midfield but he played his part to get Palace level before succumbing due to injury. Replaced by 15 JEFFREY SCHLUPP (5.8) on 75 minutes who had a great chance with a header flashing just wide from a corner.
4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (7.2 – ASSIST!) – Fantastic game for the captain in the middle of the park. Rightly led the protests after the Salah dive and the Robertson handball which culminated in a goal for the hosts.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6.6) – Struggled with his normal box-to-box game against the title chasing side. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (7.0 – GOAL!) on 81 minutes who hit the back of the net for the first time in a Palace shirt.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (7.0 – GOAL!) – Many have been crying out for him to add goals to his normal hard working game and he has done that. The opener for Palace was arguably as good as his against City but for different reasons.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (7.1 – ASSIST!) – We have our Wilf back. Tormented James Milner all afternoon which ended in the Liverpool man seeing red late on. Big influence on the game which we will need for the remaining games.
14 JORDAN AYEW (6.6 – BOOKED!) – Ploughed the lone furrow up front, unlucky to receive a first half booking, but could not find the net himself on this occassion. Replaced by 21 CONNOR WICKHAM (6.3 – ASSIST!) on 81 minutes who provided the vital touch by being strong and holding off the defender to give Meyer is chance to score.
Unused substitutes – 41 Joe Tupper, 6 Scott Dann, 34 Martin Kelly, 17 Christian Benteke
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID
ROY HODGSON: “There aren’t many better club servants than Julian Speroni at any football club in the world. For him to make that kind of mistake was really unfortunate and put Liverpool undeservedly back in the lead. We’ve got to consider ourselves hard done by in that respect.” Read more from Roy on the official club website.
JURGEN KLOPP: “One-nil down and I’m pretty sure a lot people thought that was probably the day we lose it. But it wasn’t like this. Nobody should be surprised about the character of the boys. That was here before I came in. The boys are ready to fight. It’s not the first time that we’ve had to do it this season but today was pretty special.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Mo Salah (8.7) while Sadio Mane (5) had the most shots. The most tackles were made by Andrew Robertson, James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic (5) as Mo Salah and Wilfried Zaha (3) made the most dribbles.
- Team rating: 6.81 – 6.67
- Total shots: 19 – 9
- Shots on target: 9 – 3
- Possession: 70.4% – 29.6%
- Pass success: 86% – 69%
- Dribbles: 7 – 8
- Aerials won: 15 – 16
- Tackles: 19 – 22
- Corners: 8 – 3
- Dispossessed: 11 – 6
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 14th in the Premier League with 22 points from 23 games, level on points with Southampton in 15th and four points behind Brighton & Hove Albion in 13th.
NEXT THREE FIXTURES
- 27/01/2019 Tottenham Hotspur (h)
- 30/01/2019 Southampton (a)
- 02/02/2019 Fulham (h)