A stunning Crystal Palace comeback earned the hosts a share of the spoils at Selhurst Park after initially falling 3-0 down to Premier League contenders Liverpool.
Joe Allen, Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez had spotted the guests what should have been an unassailable lead, but a brave fight-back, combined with some woeful defending on the part of the Reds, allowed Palace to come back into the match with 11 minutes remaining.
First it was Damiel Delaney who found the back of the net—his shot taking a deflection off Glen Johnson. Then substitute Dwight Gayle scored twice in two minutes to complete a night that will have reverberations at the very top of the table.
Following are ratings and analysis for both sets of players.
|Crystal Palace Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Crystal Palace
Speroni: Had a pair of saves to make but was hung out to dry on the Allen opener.
Mariappa: Booked for a silly handball.
Dann: Has been exposed in the air but did make an important intervention on Johnson.
Delaney: Distribution out of the defense has been poor.
Ward: Totally pinned back by Johnson.
Dikagcoi: Only 12 touches in the first half.
Bolasie: On the back-foot more often than he’d like.
Ledley: Operating behind Chamakh and has moved the ball around nicely when in attack.
Jedinak: Is the first Premier League player to reach 100 tackles this season.
Puncheon: Causing Johnson and Flanagan the odd problem.
Chamakh: No shots yet, but he’s displaying plenty of energy.
Full-Time analysis for Crystal Palace
Speroni: Might have done better when Suarez beat him inside the near post in the 55th minute.
Mariappa: Had the running of Flanagan, which no one expected.
Dann: Made to look foolish by the Sterling-Suarez one-two that put Liverpool 3-0 up.
Delaney: At 32-years of age he scored in the Premier League for the first time.
Ward: Won all of his aerial battles.
Dikagcoi: Put himself about but spread the ball poorly before being replaced by Ince.
Bolasie: Went on the canter down the left to set up the first Gayle goal.
Ledley: A very useful performance included a pair of tackles contributed on the defensive side of the ball.
Jedinak: Picked up an assist and made three tackles.
Puncheon: Was withdrawn for Gayle with 25 minutes remaining.
Chamakh: Played with plenty of gusto and drew a pair of yellow cards.
Gayle: Scored two goals in two minutes to turn the game on its head.
Murray: Chested the ball down for Gayle to score his second.
Ince: Brought on when Palace sensed they could go on and win.
|Liverpool Player Ratings|
Half-Time analysis for Liverpool
Mignolet: Has been at full stretch to make a pair of important saves.
Johnson: Should have won a penalty in the opening exchanges.
Skrtel: Has completed 97% of his passes out of the defense.
Sakho: Distribution from the back has been impeccable.
Flanagan: Just 21 touches so far and not getting forward as often as he’d prefer.
Lucas: Passing has been a bit off.
Gerrard: With his corner to Allen he now has 11 Premier League assists this term.
Allen: Was completely unmarked at the far post when he headed the ball into the back of the net.
Sterling: Final-third passing has been impressive.
Suarez: Working the channels from the left and has so far taken four shots.
Sturridge: Two shots so far; he’ll look to make more of an impact after the restart.
Full-Time analysis for Liverpool
Mignolet: Couldn’t have done much about any of the three goals.
Johnson: Deflected Delaney’s shot inside the near post in the 79th minute—instigating the comeback.
Skrtel: Often looks better with the ball at his feet than with a forward running at him.
Sakho: See above.
Flanagan: Distribution was good, but it certainly wasn’t his most effective performance of the campaign.
Lucas: Passing improved after the restart but he played himself out of position on two Palace goals.
Gerrard: Played a delightful pass through to Sturridge for Liverpool’s second.
Allen: Contributed five tackles on the defensive side of the ball but was committed too far forward when Palace countered.
Sterling: The Palace comeback started barely 60 seconds after he was taken off.
Suarez: In tears at the final whistle.
Sturridge: Took his goal well, but might have earned an assist had he been more willing to pass to Suarez midway through the second half.
Coutinho: Just 12 touches as he found himself mostly on the back-foot after coming on.
Moses: Likely his final appearance in a Liverpool shirt.