It was one game too far for the Eagles as the unbeaten run came to an abrupt end with a disappointing showing against a clinical Liverpool side.
24th June 2020
Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace
Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool L4 0TH
Behind closed doors
REFEREE – Martin Atkinson
ASSISTANTS – Stuart Burt, Richard West, Mike Dean (fourth official)
VAR – Andre Marriner, Stephen Child (assistant)
Replacement official – Nick Greenhalgh
Alexander-Arnold (23), Salah (44), Fabinho (55), Mane (69)
TEB MAN OF THE MATCH
The moment Wilfried Zaha left the pitch early with an injury combined with the absences of Vicente Guaita and Christain Benteke, this was always going to be a very different performance to that on the South Coat at the weekend. Even though this was against a team going for the title and one of the best in England in recent years, there was hope that the unbeaten run could be extended but it was not to be. The hosts were far too clinical and the visitors were guilty of not forcing the Liverpool goalkeeper to do anything the whole game.
VIDEO ASSISTANT REFEREE
One referral of note when a flick close to the body by Roberto Firmino hit Gary Cahill on the arm but a penalty was not awarded.
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Not a lot to report, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ rang out before kick off and the Kop End was full of supporters flags.
BOB’S POINT OF VIEW
Bob White was a coach at Palace under the tenure of Steve Coppell and Alan Smith and will be sharing his point of view each week in our review article.
“It was obvious from Klopp’s team selection against Everton on Sunday that he had targeted this game for Liverpool’s strongest starting XI following the resumption of the season. Conversely, for various reasons, we were significantly weaker and then compounded further when Wilfried Zaha left the field injured within the first 15 minutes of the game. The successful front three against Bournemouth was now reduced to a lonesome one. However, all credit to Liverpool who are by far the best team in the Premier League this season so no disgrace in a loss. Yet it confirms that outside our best 14-15 players we would struggle to achieve mid-table respectability.
Hodgson hinted at that in the pre-match conference. With some limited options in creative positions it will be an achievement to better the 49 points total of last season. Not sure any of our players would have been happy with their overall performance. All battled hard defending against wave after wave of Liverpool attacks but essentially we lacked any quality to trouble them in the final third of the pitch. It says something when even James McArthur who is usually ‘Mr Consistency’ himself had a below par game. Let’s move quickly on and hopefully key missing players return for Burnley at home next Monday.”
13 WAYNE HENNESSEY (5) – Not many keepers are going to save that free kick but you have to question the positioning. Beaten from distance with another while the other two he could do little with, but produced a good save late on. The Welshman just does not breed confidence in anyone unfortunately.
2 JOEL WARD (6) – One of the better performers of the night even though he was part of a back four that shipped goals.
12 MAMADOU SAKHO (5) – Very odd performance from the Frenchman. One minute he is twisting and turning to get through three players while another he is giving the ball away very easily. Best described as eratic.
24 GARY CAHILL (5) – It seems that Sakho is the least favourite partner for Cahill where the statistics are concerned and this game only strengthened that view.
3 PATRICK VAN AANHOLT (6) – Put in a decent showing but was caught out for the second goal.
8 CHEIKHOU KOUYATE (6) – A very willing runner, winning the ball back on a number of occassions but for very little reward. Replaced by 4 LUKA MILIVOJEVIC (6) on 66 minutes which was an odd decision considering he is one booking away from another ban. The fact that he was hardly noticed suggested he was being careful.
22 JAMES MCCARTHY (5) – Probably the poorest we have seen the from Irishman as the game passed him by.
18 JAMES MCARTHUR (6) – Energy levels were up there but could not create the same impact on the game as he did at the weekend. Replaced by 44 JAIRO RIEDEWALD (6) on 66 minutes who was similarly unable to have any influence.
10 ANDROS TOWNSEND (6) – Tried desparately to pick up the ball and take it into the opposition half but it was an all too rare occurrence.
11 WILFRIED ZAHA (6) – Was linking up well down the left until he was forced to leave the pitch, it is understood he felt something in the warm up but was still risked. Replaced by 7 MAX MEYER (6) on 15 minutes who really must be creating some kind of impact in games when he is given game time. Unfortunately anonymous at times.
9 JORDAN AYEW (5) – A game to forget, was guilty of chasing back and giving away fouls which was mainly down to frustration. One of those free kicks led to a goal, but he kept on trying as the lone man up front but suffered through lack of support. Replaced by 40 BRANDON PIERRICK (6) on 84 minutes for a brief runout providing some much needed fresh legs.
19 Stephen Henderson, 6 Scott Dann, 39 Tyrick Mitchell, 36 Nikola Tavares
1 Alisson, 26 Robertson, 4 Dijk, 12 Gomez, 66 Alexander-Arnold, 5 Wijnaldum, 3 Fabinho, 14 Henderson, 10 Mane, 9 Firmino, 11 Salah
Substitutes – 13 Adrian, 27 Origi, 6 Lovren, 8 Keita (replaced Mane on 84 minutes), 18 Minamino (replaced Firmino on 74 minutes) , 15 Oxlade-Chamberlain (replaced Henderson on 64 minutes), 67 Elliott (replaced Robertson on 84 minutes), 76 Williams (replaced Alexander-Arnold on 74 minutes), 48 Jones
POST GAME QUOTES
ROY HODGSON – “We didn’t need to make any excuses really, but it’s a Liverpool team in incredible form. They were so aggressive, so good in winning the ball back, we had no opportunities to put our foot on the ball and ask them some questions.”
JURGEN KLOPP – “Imagine how this stadium would have been full today and all the people could have experienced it live. I don’t think the game could have been better because my boys played like everybody was in the stadium. The atmosphere on the pitch was incredible. That was the best counter-pressing game I have ever seen. The boys are in good shape and in a good mood and it was important we showed our supporters we are still here and we do not want to wait.”
The Who Scored man of the match was Fabinho (9.5) while Mohamed Salah had the most shots (5). The most tackles were by Fabinho (6) as Sadio Mane, James McArthur and Max Meyer had the most dribbles (2).
- Team rating: 7.47 – 5.97
- Total shots: 18 – 3
- Shots on target: 7 – 0
- Possession: 71.5% – 28.5%
- Pass success: 88% – 71%
- Dribbles: 3 – 10
- Aerials won: 12 – 11
- Tackles: 13 – 16
- Corners: 2 – 0
- Dispossessed: 13 – 12
POSITION IN THE TABLE
Palace are 9th in the Premier League with 42 points from 31 games, two points ahead of Arsenal in 11th and a point behind Sheffield United in 8th.
29/06/2020 Burnley (h – 8pm)
04/07/2020 Leicester City (a – 3pm)
07/07/2020 Chelsea (h – 6pm)