Player ratings as Reds close gap on Man City


From Selhurst Park – Liverpool closed the gap on Premier League leaders Manchester City to nine points with a 3-1 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday.

The Reds raced into a two-goal lead in the first half but Palace responded well and had some wasteful finishing to blame for getting nothing from the game.

It took just seven minutes for Liverpool to take the lead with Andy Robertson whipping in a wicked corner which was gleefully met by Virgil van Dijk for his second goal of the season.

The rampant Reds turned the screw in the first half and eventually doubled their advantage just after the half-hour mark. Again, Robertson was the provider, finding an unmarked Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the back post who fired the ball under Vicente Guaita.

Palace did not seem likely to muster a response for most of the opening period, but they burst into life just before the break. First. Michael Olise was slipped in following a poor back-pass from Joel Matip and should have scored.


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