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



Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

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.

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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.


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.

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Rafa Camacho – NA

Shaved some precious seconds off the clock.

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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City



Latest Liverpool news: James Milner to support Man United against City?

Liverpool star James Milner will become a Manchester United fan for the first time on Wednesday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League. (h/t the Daily Mail)

Born in Leeds, he won two titles in his five-year stay at Manchester City and could soon become a Liverpool legend. Hence, it’s tough to see the 33-year-old cheer for the Red Devils in the upcoming Manchester derby.

United could do a favour for Liverpool on Wednesday by stopping Manchester City, who are two points adrift of the league leaders, although they have played a game less.

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That extra game is against United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and if Solskjaer’s side manage to even eke out a draw, Liverpool will have their destiny back in their hands before their final hurdle against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

“It’ll be the first time in my life!” Milner replied when asked if he was comfortable watching United win the derby against City, reports the Daily Mail.

“I don’t watch (games like these), to be honest. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, isn’t it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I can’t do anything about it.

“Maybe I’ll put my phone away for a couple of hours and check it after. Maybe I’ll go and grab some food or whatever. There are three games left. United will be a challenge for City, but it’s the old cliché – any game is tough in the Premier League no matter who you play.”

Given United players’ confidence are at rock bottom following the Everton thrashing, it looks tough to see them stop City. We cannot expect a favour from our rivals, who themselves are eyeing a top-four finish.

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Klopp’s men have to win their last three games and hope City drop points in any of their last four games.

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Former Ireland striker urges Liverpool to make transfer move for 26-year-old PL hitman



Liverpool FC transfer news: Tony Cascarino tips Jurgen Klopp to sign Zaha

Liverpool could be set to sign Crystal Palace star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

This is the opinion of former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who has backed the Reds to sign Wilfried Zaha following his comments. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Zaha, 26, shone in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. He scored the Eagles’ second goal of the game and was a constant pest to Arsenal’s backline who simply couldn’t cope with his pace and smart movement.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino spoke about the Ivorian winger and his recent comments about wanting to play in the Champions League. He also spotted something that suggests Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the Crystal Palace star in the summer.

“Well, all of the top-six now are playing attack-minded football,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

“Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

“I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

Do Liverpool need Zaha?

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Zaha is seen as one of the best players playing outside the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the league. He has successfully managed to revive his career at Palace after enduring a torrid spell with Manchester United.

At Liverpool, I don’t see him getting regular opportunities under Klopp. Sadio Mane is an undoubted starter in the team and he operates from the left flank, which is basically Zaha’s position at Selhurst Park.

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Even if Klopp feels like buying an attacking player in the summer, his focus should be on bringing an out-and-out number 9.

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Liverpool enter three-way tussle with PL rivals for this 21-year-old defensive beast



Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool keen on Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui

Liverpool are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Ajax starlet Noussair Mazraoui, reports Spanish outlet Marca. (h/t Sport Witness)

Noussair Mazraoui, 21, has established himself as one of the mainstays of Erik ten Hag’s hugely-impressive Ajax side that has knocked out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League to advance to the semi-finals of the competition this season.

A graduate of the hugely famed Ajax academy, the Dutch-born Moroccan has shown a lot of maturity this season, even though he made his first-team debut last term. The 21-year-old defender has supplied four goals and as many assists in all competitions, thus attracting the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League trio.

Noussair Mazraoui will be a good fit at Anfield

Noussair Mazraoui has shown that not only can he perform in the Eredivisie, but also on the bigger stage, i.e. the Champions League. His performances this season certainly belie his age and all credit to Ten Hag for showing immense faith in the young Moroccan.

Liverpool certainly can do well with the signing of Mazraoui. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular fixture at right-back for the Reds since the last two seasons.

Alexander-Arnold has battled it out with James Milner at right-back but with the former England international turning 33 this year and Joe Gomez preferred in central defence, our academy graduate needs solid competition from next season.

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That’s where the signing of Mazraoui would make sense for the Reds. Not only will the 21-year-old compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot but also will add depth to our squad. Thus, we need to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the Ajax starlet’s signature.

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