Liverpool defence exposed again, Rico Lewis unleashes Man City, Everton issue reminder of their problems – Premier League hits and misses

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Liverpool arrived at Selhurst Park a wounded beast, having been bested by Real Madrid on Tuesday evening in the Champions League.

Some fans may have been hoping that a trip to a ground where they have won every match since the 2014/15 season would be the perfect antidote, facing the team Jurgen Klopp has beaten the most in the Premier League.

But they arguably came away with a point due to a lack of cutting edge from their opponents rather than anything of their own making. In fact, they came close on a few occasions to being the masters of their own downfall.

Inside 13 minutes, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s sloppy pass was intercepted by Jean-Philippe Mateta. His eventual shot was palmed away by Alisson. He was also at fault before the striker lashed an effort onto the crossbar.

Andy Robertson also had some indecisive moments, as did the team as a whole. The scars of their Champions League defeat were easy to see. They looked like a team who were at Selhurst Park to not lose, rather than win.

You felt throughout that Liverpool were there for the taking. On another day against a more cut-throat team – and as we saw on Tuesday evening – you feel like the Reds could be on course for a heavy Premier League defeat.
But a third successive clean sheet in the Premier League will edge the confidence up a notch while Klopp and his players will try everything to shore themselves up at the back ahead of a pivotal run of fixtures.
Charlotte Marsh

There’s always a sharp intake of breath whenever Wilfried Zaha is missing for Crystal Palace. He remains their star forward and brings undoubted quality to the team.

But on Saturday, a new star emerged in Michael Olise. He is hardly a new face to regular watchers of Crystal Palace, but has sometimes been dropped as Patrick Vieira tries to balance his array of attacking talent.

However, he more than stood up to the test against Liverpool, taking on and beating players that have won it all in club football, some lauded as among the best in the world in their positions.

In the second half, he easily rode a James Milner tackle in midfield as he drove Crystal Palace forward. Minutes later, he breezed past Jordan Henderson down the right wing. He looked like a player without fear, and rightly so.

He continued to set up his team-mates too – but this is where he was almost let down. Final crosses and finishes were poor from those around him as the Eagles registered a third Premier League game of the season without a shot on target.

There’s no doubting Olise was the creative spark Crystal Palace needed and had, they just could not harness it in front of goal.

Ultimately, the 21-year-old epitomises the squad Vieira was handed when he arrived at the club – young, exciting attacking players who can make stuff happen.

Vieira told Sky Sports after the game: “I think that was one of his best performances. I think he was really good tactically. Defensively, he was really smart in the way he defended, and, in possession, every time he had the ball he created the danger that we want to create chances.”

When asked how good Olise can be, the Crystal Palace boss added: “It depends on him, how much he wants to be there with the best. It will be about the sacrifice he is prepared to make and how hard he is prepared to work. But he is passionate about the game. He loves the game. We just have to help him as a football club to grow.”

There’s no doubting Olise will continue to shine. It’s whether those around him can rise to his level and turn Crystal Palace’s draws into victories.
Charlotte Marsh

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