PLAYER RATINGS: Firmino and Mane rampant for seven-goal Liverpool

PLAYER RATINGS: Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane rampant for seven-goal Liverpool while Nathaniel Clyne has a day to forget against his former club

  • Liverpool ended their winless run away from home by thrashing Crystal Palace 
  • Roberto Firmino and substitute Mohamed Salah both scored twice for the Reds 
  • Jordan Henderson, Takumi Minamino and Sadio Mane were also goalscorers 
  • Here, Sportsmail rates both sides on a chastening afternoon for the hosts 

Liverpool will be at the top of the Premier League table at Christmas following a crushing 7-0 victory at Crystal Palace. 

Roberto Firmino and substitute Mohamed Salah scored twice for Jurgen Klopp’s men, with further strikes from Sadio Mane, Takumi Minamino and Jordan Henderson coming in a breathtaking display.

The rout also saw the reigning Premier League champions become the league’s top scorers, and here Sportsmail rates the performances from both sides. 

Liverpool ended their miserable run without a win on the road by thrashing Crystal Palace

Powerless to prevent any of the goals. Otherwise barely given a save to make as Liverpool were so clinical

Nathaniel Clyne – 5

Decent attacking outlet at times but the Palace back four could not cope when Liverpool hit their groove.

Cheikhou Kouyate – 5

Needed to be tighter on Mane for opener, allowed Firmino to ghost in behind him for third. Difficult day all round.

Nathaniel Clyne struggled to cope when his former side Liverpool hit their groove

Gary Cahill – 5.5

Seemed to pick up a late injury which capped a miserable, chastening day for Palace.

Patrick van Aanholt – 5.5

Always a willing runner going forward. But the damage was done at the other end as Alexander-Arnold found more and more joy.

Jeffrey Schlupp – 6

Proved a nuisance during Palace’s good first half but spurned the only chance which came his way.

Luka Milivojevic – 5.5

Found Zaha in space with a few cute passes as Palace enjoyed lots of first-half pressure but faded as his team did

Gary Cahill seemed to pick up a late injury to cap a miserable, chastening day for Palace

James McArthur – 5.5

Diligent and useful as ever. But overworked as Liverpool’s midfield three took control in second half.

Eberechi Eze – 6

Did a lot of unselfish defensive work but Palace couldn’t find him in space often enough to threaten.

Wilfried Zaha – 6

A spectator in the second half but had been a threat during Palace’s bright first half.

Jordan Ayew – 5

Dummied one shooting opportunity, then failed to find Zaha when in behind. Fabinho took another chance off his toes.

Wilfried Zaha was a spectator in the second half but had been a threat during the first half

Subs:

Tomkins (Kouyate 63) – Some task trying to stem the tide. 5.5

Riedewald (McArthur 75) – Came on to watch the procession. 6

Batshuayi (Eze, 69) – It’s an appearance. That’s about all he will take from this. 5

Subs not used: Butland, Ward, Dann, Townsend, McCarthy, Mitchell

Manager: Roy Hodgson – 5

Will wonder, given his side’s first-half display, how it ended 7-0. But they were taught a lesson in taking chances.

Roy Hodgson will wonder how it ended 7-0 but knows they were taught how to take chances

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3):

Alisson – 6

Despite Palace enjoying good spells in the first half, the Brazilian barely had a save to make.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

Beautiful pass into Mane created opener before he laid on Henderson’s fourth, too. Palace targeted space behind him but he turned tables in second half.

Joel Matip – 7.5

Testament to him that he went largely unnoticed. Commanded the back four and then fed Salah for Liverpool’s sixth.

Joel Matip commanded the back four and then fed Salah for Liverpool’s sixth in their rout

Fabinho – 7

Stood up Zaha brilliantly early on before Ayew brushed him off to run clear. Still raw at times but so useful with the ball.

Andy Robertson – 7.5

Had been quiet going forward until he created Liverpool’s third with a buccaneering run and pinpoint pass to Firmino. Grew as a threat.

Jordan Henderson – 8

Deafening in an empty stadium. Constantly barking instructions and dictating play. Capped fine display with stunning fourth.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 6

Struggled to make much headway with or without the ball but a tidy link player nonetheless. Had better days.

Jordan Henderson was dictating play and capped a fine display with a stunning fourth

Naby Keita – 7

Struggled to keep the ball at times during the first half but grew into the game. Brilliant vision and pass created Henderson’s fourth.

Takumi Minanimo – 7

Took opening goal calmly to set Liverpool on course for victory. Quieter thereafter but missed a glorious chance to double his tally.

Roberto Firmino – 8

Took his two goals brilliantly. Superb vision, touch and coolness for Liverpool’s third. Delightful dinked finish for the fifth. Excellent all-round display.

Sadio Mane – 8

Always threatening in behind and deadly in the box. Found Minamino for opening goal before his own stunning finish to give visitors breathing space.

Roberto Firmino took his two goals brilliantly and starred in an excellent all-round display

Subs:

Salah (Mane, 57) – Didn’t look best pleased to be on the bench but created the fifth before netting the sixth and seventh. Some impact. 8

Jones (Wijnaldum 69) – Won’t have much easier run-outs but continued to display his neat feet. 6.5

Oxlade-Chamberlain (Firmino 75) Fed Salah for Liverpool’s seventh but enjoying game time was most crucial. 6.5

Subs not used: Adrian, Kelleher, Origi, R Williams, Phillips, N Williams

Manager: Jurgen Klopp – 8

The perfect day? Salah enjoyed a well-earned break, no injuries and a stunning end to their winless run away from home.

It was close to the perfect day for Jurgen Klopp (right) after Mo Salah (centre) got a  break




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