Liverpool vs Crystal Palace player ratings: Jason Puncheon steals the show on Steven Gerrard's special day

Man-for-man marking from Steven Gerrard's final appearance for Liverpool at Anfield

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Steven Gerrard's fairy tale send-off in his final match at Anfield turned into a nightmare as Crystal Palace came from behind to beat Liverpool 3-1 in their penultimate game of the season.

Adam Lallana struck midway through the first half to put Liverpool on the course that most expected them to take on such an emotional occasion. With Gerrard set to leave Liverpool at the end of the season, the match represented the last time he will play at Anfield barring any surprise return in the future, and his passion shone through in celebrating Lallana's opener.

But Palace regrouped and Jason Puncheon curled in his second free-kick in a week to level the scores. Wilfried Zaha came off the bench in the second half to fire Palace into the lead, which by that point was more than deserved due to their supreme work rate, and another replacement in the form of Glenn Murray secured the victory.

Lucas Leiva brought down Zaha on the edge of the area, with referee Jon Moss awarded a debatable penalty, and despite goalkeeper Simon Mignolet saving the initial shot, Murray was able to pounce on the rebound.

So how did the players perform? Click on the gallery below to see our ratings.

 

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