SUCH a frustrating day, especially with others dropping points. The Palace fans sang: “You must be sick of us.” They’re not wrong. Then we all got absolutely soaked. Brilliant. Maybe international breaks aren’t so bad after all.
Simon Mignolet: 4
If your USP is saving things, you need to save more. Did claim a couple of crosses, but want him coming for the second goal. Kicking and distribution in general was appalling.
Nathaniel Clyne: 7
The ex-Palace player dealt with the threats presented to him well, aside from the time he picked up a yellow. Some nice crossing, too.
Alberto Moreno: 6
Also didn’t get caught out too much, but not his best day on the ball.
Martin Skrtel: 6
Some good sliding interventions in the rain. Could have got us in trouble though when he tried to run through the centre like Alan Hansen.
Mamadou Sakho: 6
Oh no…. injury didn’t look good at all. Tried to carry on when he saw Dejan Lovren coming on. Not sure that helped.
Lucas Leiva: 7
Largely impressive. Think he prefers playing central in a three, though.
Emre Can: 5
For all the passing statistics that are thrown at me, I still can’t get over how often he passes to the other team under no pressure whatsoever. Terrible on the first goal.
Adam Lallana: 6
Neat and tidy, some lovely touches, without too much in terms of an end product. Might just copy and paste that.
Philippe Coutinho: 7
Took his goal really well. Looked the most likely second half, too. Great nutmeg.
Jordon Ibe: 7
Very bright early on when his team mates seemed half asleep. Faded slightly, but great to see him confident.
Christian Benteke: 4
Not a great day for the big Belgian. None of his chances were sitters, but you still want him burying one of them.
Roberto Firmino: 5
Strangely subdued, and took an absolutely dreadful corner that might have drawn a smirk from Iago Aspas.
Divock Origi: 5
Couldn’t really get into it. Didn’t have long, like
Dejan Lovren: 6
Nothing mad. Which is a good start.
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