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Mohamed Salah saves Liverpool from sinking – Player ratings in 4-3 win over Crystal Palace

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Liverpool players celebrate a win

Liverpool survived several scares as they clung on for a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace. The Eagles have been a thorn in our side for many seasons and took a shock lead via Andros Townsend in the first half.

Roy Hodgson’s men had beaten Manchester City a few weeks ago and looked likely to pick up another win against a title contender.

The Reds didn’t really have many chances in the first half but came out with a purpose. Mohamed Salah scored via a deflected shot from Virgil van Dijk with Julian Speroni beaten by the Egyptian’s quick feet.

Roberto Firmino then made it 2-1 via a scuffed shot that was deflected past the 39-year-old keeper. Palace weren’t going down easily and equalised thanks to a free header from James Tomkins.

Things looked bleak for the Reds but we never gave up and Speroni made a hash of a James Milner cross with Salah rushing in to tap in the ball.

Milner was sent off for a second bookable offence, and it seemed we made the points safe late in the game when Sadio Mane scored.

Max Meyer pulled one back in the final seconds, but we held on for the win. There weren’t many great performers for the Reds in the tie, but Salah was the best out of the lot.

Here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson – 6/10

The Brazilian didn’t have much to do throughout the game but should have kept at least two of the goals out. This wasn’t a vintage performance from many of the Liverpool players and hopefully, this was a blip in an otherwise fantastic season.

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James Milner – 6/10

Milner struggled down the right with Wilfried Zaha targetting him. The Palace man was responsible for both of Milner’s yellow, but the Englishman did create the third goal for us.

Virgil van Dijk – 7/10

This was a poor showing from the Liverpool defence, but Van Dijk didn’t make too many mistakes except for the Tomkins goal.

Joel Matip – 7/10

Matip had a decent game and even had an early chance which was saved well by Speroni.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

The Scot was fantastic for us down the left and created the fourth goal with another typical run down the channel and not giving up on a ball that seemed destined to go out.

Fabinho of Liverpool

Fabinho after the 1-0 win over Brighton

Fabinho – 7.5/10

Fabinho was great in midfield as he dominated the Palace team, but the worry will be about his injury which he picked up late on.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

Henderson had an alright game as he had the job of picking the pace up when we started to trail. His passing wasn’t great and one short pass led to Milner’s red.

Naby Keita – 5/10

Possibly the worst player on the pitch, nothing was working for Keita. He seemed slow with his passes, his touches were off and well, it was a surprise he was kept on the pitch for as long as the 70th minute.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

Had it not been for that late goal Mane would have received a poor rating too. The forward messed up several attacks and seemed to be playing out of sync with the rest of the team.

Roberto Firmino – 6.5/10

Firmino was another player that just was not up for the game as he lost possession several times. He did score the second goal but, he should do more with the quality he possesses.

Mohamed Salah – 8/10

The Egyptian was at the right place at the right time to score two priceless goals. Salah was marshalled well by the Palace side and could have done more with the ball at his feet.

Substitutes

Xherdan Shaqiri – 5/10

The Swiss didn’t create much after coming on as a sub.

Adam Lallana – NA

Nothing much to say about Lallana coming on in place of Fabinho.

Read more: Steven Gerrard rubbishes rumours of 30-year-old Liverpool star joining Rangers this January

Rafa Camacho – NA

Shaved some precious seconds off the clock.

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“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants

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Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich’s German international Joshua Kimmich has installed Liverpool as favourites ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):

“Liverpool are the favourites.

“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”

Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool

Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.

“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”

Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.

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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.

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19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer

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Joao Felix

Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).

The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.

However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.

Liverpool's Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent

Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan

Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.

Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.

We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.

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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.

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Liverpool will reject any moves for this 26-year-old star as they aren’t a “selling club” any more

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Mohamed Salah

Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool know they can reject offers for Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah has been linked with a move to Juventus with the Italian club paying £44m and sending Paulo Dybala the other way, according to reports (h/t Express).

The Egyptian has been in excellent form since signing from AS Roma, however, the Express adds that Liverpool will reject any bid for the 26-year-old.

The report adds that Liverpool are not seen as a selling club any more and Jurgen Klopp has transformed the club into a final destination for players.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah all signed new deals in recent months and will remain at the club till 2023, according to the Express.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

A financial expert further weighed in on the matter and highlighted the club’s recent profits too (h/t Express):

“Liverpool are no longer a selling club. After posting profits of £125m they can resist any offers.”

Anfield is home

This is a welcome change when compared to earlier seasons where our top players went off to other clubs.

Philippe Coutinho was the most recent example as he left the Reds for Barcelona, but he did create a bit of a scene before leaving Anfield.

Luis Suarez was another player that swapped the Reds for the Catalan club while we lost the likes of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso too for various reasons.

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The Reds are possibly in the best health as a club on and off the field during the Premier League era, and hopefully, all this translates into some form of success with a trophy coming home.

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