Crystal Palace player ratings: Zaha and Eze impress while Olise returns as Eagles pick up point at Anfield

Crystal Palace picked up their first point of the season at Anfield after holding Liverpool to a 1-1 draw.

Wilfried Zaha scored a brilliant goal to put Crystal Palace ahead against Liverpool before Luis Díaz dragged his side back with a stunning strike to ensure the game ended 1-1.

Making his debut at Anfield Darwin Núñez, was sent off early in the second half for violent conduct which gave Palace a numerical advantage even though Liverpool still dominated the game.

A point at Anfield is always precious but there were chances for Zaha in the second half to try and grab all three points and on another night he could have.

Crystal Palace's Ivorian striker Wilfried Zaha (C) celebrates after scoring his team first goal during the English Premier League football match

Joachim Andersen’s out-stretched effort late on went wild but ultimately Palace had done enough to pick up their first point of the season and will now look to build on that against Aston Villa at home this weekend.

From an electric evening at Anfield, here is how we rated every Palace player.

Vicente Guaita-6

The Palace goalkeeper was beaten by a well struck Diaz goal, didn’t do much after with his team holding the line well.

Nathaniel Clyn-6

Clyne was solid and worked hard with and without the ball. He was playing against his former side and never let his current team down. Closed in and tucked in when the going got tough and Liverpool threw men forward in search of the winning goal.

Joel Ward-6.5

The veteran English full back showed experience and formed a decent back five in a game that would remind everyone that he still has a role to play in the team. That was some performance.

Joachim Andersen-6

The Danish defender has made a name for himself with his cool and calm defending even when under pressure, and would have been disappointed not to get a bit tight on Diaz for his goal. Encouraging start to the season.

Marc Guehi-7

The former Chelsea man put in a strong display but you suspect he would also have been disappointed with the entire defensive line on the Liverpool goal.

Tyrick Mitchel-6

The young English left back dealt with Salah very well. Withdrawn in the second half as he tired and the game intensified.

Jordan Ayew-5.5

The Ghanaian started the game in a four man midfield but was tasked with helping Zaha when he could. Did the defensive part of his work well and was withdrawn early in the second. Needs to give more.

Cheick Oumar Doucoure-7

Signed from Lens to be the next defensive midfield powerhouse and he showed that with an effective performance. Would have been disappointed that Zaha did not give him an assist.  Replaced late in the game.

Jeffrey Schlupp 6.5

The Ghanaian is a utility player and proved that with an all out energetic performance for Patrick Vieira’s side.

Eberechi Eze-6.5

Eze was brilliant when taking on players and would be happy that he got an assist on the day. He just needs to look after the ball a bit better and work on his off the ball work rate and he would be fine.


The Palace talisman finished brilliantly after being put through by Eze but he should have had more and after missing two great chances. Hold up play could have been better.

Odsonne Edouard- 5

The French forward replaced Ayew and had better foot work than the Ghanaian but just never found his final touch.

Luka Milivojevic- 5

The veteran midfielder used all his experience to stifle the Liverpool midfield.

Will Hughes-5

Some smooth touches and waist afraid to get his hands dirty.

Chris Richards- 5

The former Bayern man made his debut today. Didn’t have enough time to impress but clearly one Vieira trusts.

Michael Olise -N/A

Olise got is first minutes of the season even if they were just five, it’s the start he would have been looking for.