Three Liverpool stars who proved a big point against Crystal Palace

The Reds made it into the FA Cup quarter-finals after a dominant performance against the Eagles. Three stars who delivered for Brendan Rodgers' side...

Jordan Henderson

He is the future of Liverpool when Steven Gerrard leaves, as far as the captaincy goes. But Jordan Henderson is far more than that right now for the Reds.

Over the summer, Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Henderson all vowed to score more goals and register more assists for Liverpool this season.

And the 24-year-old has certainly upheld his side of the bargain. Henderson is now on 10 assists for the season (in all competitions) after teeing up Daniel Sturridge against Crystal Palace yesterday evening.

2011-14 AssistsAppearancesMins Played
Steven Gerrard 24 88 7,335
Luis Suarez 20 97 8,475
Philippe Coutinho 12 46 3,266
Jordan Henderson 12 102 7,318

As Opta stats show, Henderson only managed 12 Premier League assists at all between 2011 and the start of the current campaign...

Mario Balotelli

The Liverpool striker's big breakthrough came when he scored the winning goal against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this week. But the Crystal Palace clash was equally - if not more - important for the Italian.

In showing desire and work-rate for a second game in a row, Liverpool fans were shown that Mario Balotelli may just mean business. 'The penny has dropped,' Rodgers said of the forward after the game. Reds fans will certainly hope so.

Simon Mignolet

The Belgian didn't quite manage another clean sheet against Palace but was many supporters' choice for man of the match against Alan Pardew's side.

What exactly has happened to Simon Mignolet? Could it be a case of a more solid back four in turn helping the goalkeeper settle into a much calmer rhythm?

Dropping the 26-year-old certainly worked like a charm for Rodgers earlier this season and the Liverpool shot stopper produced another astute display against Crystal Palace.

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