Liverpool player ratings v Palace: Lambert & Lallana impress - but Reds struggle badly

Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert

The Reds made a struggling Crystal Palace side look like world beaters during their 3-1 defeat at Selhurst Park. Here's how the players rated...

Simon Mignolet - 5/10

Another poor performance from the Liverpool goalkeeper. The Reds were up against a side who had won only one point from their last five games and made them look like champions. This is relegation form.

Javier Manquillo - 5/10

Absolutely struggled against Yannick Bolasie down the right-hand side and was overrun over and over again.

Dejan Lovren - 5/10

What must Lovren do before Brendan Rodgers drops him? Score a hat-trick of own goals?

Martin Skrtel - 4/10

A statistic that sums up the Slovakian's performance is the fact that he won 0 per cent of his tackles. That is Skrtel all over right now.

Glen Johnson - 5/10

Anyone who thought they couldn't see anything worse than Johnson at right-back this season were wrong. There's one thing worse: Johnson at left-back.

Steven Gerrard - 5/10

The skipper was not at the races today, wasting all of his shots (Liverpool only had one on target) and also, like Skrtel, winning none of his tackles.

Joe Allen - 6.5/10

The only non former Saint to come out of today with any dignity. The Welshman played well, which - for some reason - meant he had to come off in the second half in yet another puzzling substitution from Rodgers. The only criticism is that he could have been more lively in front of goal but, in trademark Allen fashion, went for sideways passes in the final third.

Adam Lallana - 7/10

The ex-Southampton midfielder was Liverpool's best player, setting Rickie Lambert up for a fantastic goal within the opening two minutes. Like Allen, however, Lallana's impressive performance somehow convinced Rodgers to substitute him.

Philippe Coutinho - 5/10

Didn't really produce... anything of note. Didn't look bad on the ball but needs to show so much more urgency - as do all of his team-mates.

Raheem Sterling - 5/10

This was a poor performance from Sterling and the 19-year-old looks lost right now.

Rickie Lambert - 6.5/10

The second former Southampton player to do well for the Reds. Lambert didn't do all that much after his goal but did provide Rodgers' side with a constant outlet. His goal was superbly taken, too.


Emre Can & Fabio Borini both came on late on but did little as the result slipped away from Liverpool's grasp.

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