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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace; player ratings

It was another victory for Jurgen Klopp’s men at Anfield as they carried on their impressive start to the season.

Three goals and none conceded, a perfect result realistically however Patrick Viera’s side did give it a good go and made Liverpool work hard for the three points.

Here are my Liverpool player ratings from a good afternoon’s work:

Alisson Becker: 8

Made a vital save very early knocking the ball onto the post even though it could be argued that it was his original mistake due to half-heartedly coming out to meet the ball. Made another save in the second half to keep it 1-0 and was strong from crosses and set pieces. Just oozed confidence.

James Milner: 10

Had the most touches of the ball, completed the most passes, completed the most crosses, made the most tackles, covered the most distance and made the most sprints. Kept Wilfried Zaha in his pocket all game as well. Performances like that from a 35-year-old at right-back warrant a 10.

Ibrahim Konate: 7

It was expected that Konate would have a bit more of a bigger challenge on his debut from Christian Benteke. He dealt with everything that got thrown at him and there was one bit of great defending to push Benteke wide when he could have been one on one. Showed a nice passing range as well. A decent debut to say the least.

Virgil Van Dijk: 8

Another faultless performance from the Dutchman. Won all his aerial duels, had five ball recoveries, made seven clearances, and had 90% passing. All of this while setting up the second goal for Mo Salah.

Kostas Tsimikas: 7

The Greek international is really proving his worth this season showing he is capable of pushing Andy Robertson for a first team spot. He was lively as ever down the left-hand side and his delivery from set-pieces were a great threat. Defensively he was more than fine as well dealing with Jordan Ayew all game.

Fabinho: 6

Definitely not his best game in a Liverpool shirt but that is due to how high he set the standards. Was sloppy on the ball on a couple of occasions but was still vital in starting attacks from the back. Didn’t allow Connor Gallagher to influence the game.

Thiago: 5

Unfortunately suffered a calf injury in the second half which meant he had to leave the field. Came close to scoring a header and was dictating the game before that though. The injury should not be too serious.

Jordan Henderson: 8

Just didn’t stop all game. Was a brilliant creative spark linking up fantastically well down the right flank with Salah and Milner. Came so close to getting an assist after Thiago nearly scored a header. Captained the club for the 200th time and put in a wonderful tireless performance to make it that more special.

Mohamed Salah: 9

Obviously, he scored his goal. A sweetly struck volley inside the box to win Liverpool the game. Was a nuisance for Tyrick Mitchell all game. He looks a different monster this season and that is saying something considering how immense he has been already since he joined Liverpool. Making himself into one of the Premier League greats.

Diogo Jota: 5

Was lively on the ball and in the press as he always is. However, he missed an absolute sitter and did not manage a shot on target. Certainly not his most efficient performance.

Sadio Mane: 7

Created a bit of history whilst opening the scoring for Liverpool. That goal meant that he had scored in nine consecutive league games against Crystal Palace which is a Premier League record against the same opponent. Also, that goal was his 100th for Liverpool. Set Liverpool on their way in what was a standard game for the winger.

Substitutes:

Naby Keita: 6

Came on for Thiago and scored a thunderous left footed volley on the edge of the box. His celebration was also brilliant as he just stared into the abyss. Great for him to get on the scoresheet again and hopefully can be a catalyst for more goals this season.

Curtis Jones: 3

Was only the pitch for 14 minutes, didn’t make too much of an impact. Originally went into the front three when he came on which could be something to look out for this season.

Divock Origi: N/ACame on for two minutes and made one defensive clearance.

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