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Players ratings after a crazy Liverpool win at Palace

Firmino caught the eye for Liverpool
Firmino caught the eye for Liverpool

Liverpool again closed the gap on title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City with a 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace.

Liverpool again closed the gap on title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City with a 4-2 victory over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Despite their latest errors in defence gifting the hosts unnecessary opportunities, the Reds again proved they have one of Europe's finest attacks to go level on 23 points with their more established rivals at the top of the league, where only goal difference keeps them third.

The defeat was Palace's third in succession, but mid-table represents a promising position while their new-look team continues to gel. Goals conceded to Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino could have been complemented by more as their visitors excelled.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

STAR MAN

Philippe Coutinho

The Liverpool midfielder was the stand-out performer in a game which saw a crazy half an hour. Whilst his team-mates appeared to look nervous on the ball, Coutinho was calm and collected throughout, even though he could not manage to get his name on the score-sheet.

MOAN OF THE MATCH

Despite the number of goals, neither manager will have come away from that game happy with their team's defending.

Liverpool's third goal - the fifth of the afternoon - was the most glaring example of Palace's poor defending. The Eagles' defence switched off as Coutinho swung a corner into the box allowing Joel Matip to score with a free header, but the visitors were not any better at keeping the lead.

James McArthur was left on his own in the box twice to score a brace for the home side - the second another free header from a corner. The victory gives Liverpool their eighth win in nine games, but if they want to push for the Premier League title they are going to have to tighten up at the back.

FAN WATCH

Palace fans were infuriated after the first goal when neither the referee nor his assistant called for offside on Emre Can's shot. The Reds midfielder appeared to be in an offside position but the goal stood. The boos which followed only increased when the celebrating Liverpool fans threw a flare on the pitch.

The atmosphere inside Selhurst Park was electric from beginning to end and the referee continued to get a lot of stick from Palace fans when Wilfried Zaha was brought down in the area but Andre Marriner waved away penalty appeals.

PLAYER RATINGS

Crystal Palace

Steve Mandanda: 6

Joel Ward: 6

James Tomkins: 5

Scott Dann: 5

Yohan Cabaye: 6

Wilfried Zaha: 7

Chung-yong Lee: 7

Joe Ledley: 6

Christian Benteke: 6

James McArthur: 7

Martin Kelly: 6

Substitutes

Frazier Campbell (on for McArthur, 84): 6

Andros Townsend (on for Lee, 66): 6

Jason Puncheon (on for Ledley, 73): 6

Liverpool

Loris Karius: 6

Nathaniel Clyne: 6

Dejan Lovren: 5

Philippe Coutinho: 6

Roberto Firmino: 6

Jordan Henderson: 6

Alberto Moreno: 6

Sadio Mane: 6

Adam Lallana: 6

Emre Can: 7

Joel Matip: 7

Substitutes

Georginoio Wijnaldum (on for Lallana, 75): 5

Ragnar Klavan: (on for Mane, 90): 4

Divock Origi (on for Coutinho, 88): 5