Crystal Palace suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Jurgen Klopp as Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored twice to lift Liverpool six points clear at the top of the Premier League table.
There’s no two ways of saying this, but the Reds largely dominated proceedings from start to finish, as Roy Hodgson’s side struggled to get a foothold in the game.
It wasn’t for want of trying, as Palace strove to break the deadlock in the first period, but they were shortly overwhelmed by the defending champions, who raced into the lead with relative ease after Mane teed up Takumi Minamino to slot home in the third minute.
Not that you’d know it, but Liverpool hadn’t won away from home in the league since September, though they seem to be well on their way to retaining the title as they are set to be top of the table at Christmas for the third consecutive season in a row.
Barely any of Palace’s players were at the races today, in particular Nathaniel Clyne, who badly let Hodgson down with his abysmal display.
The £3.6m-rated right-back was lightweight in his individual battles, as he failed to win a single duel from two attempts overall, which meant that he lost 100% of his duels against the league leaders, as per SofaScore.
Clyne lacked confidence and looked short of form against his former club, as he took just 41 touches of the ball, providing only 21 out of 26 attempted passes in total, which is pretty embarrassing especially when you consider the fact that even Gary Cahill made seventeen more.
The 29-year-old, who earns around £80,000-per-week at Selhurst Park, failed to register a single shot or record a single key pass from the right flank and lost possession ten times as well to sum up his frustrations.
In the absence of new summer recruit Nathan Ferguson – who is yet to feature for the first team – Clyne has started eight out of the past nine games in the Premier League so far this season, but was left out of the matchday squad for the trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham on Wednesday night.
We said at the start of the month that he has a real opportunity to earn himself a contract extension in the wake of Ferguson’s latest setback, but now he’s going to find it even harder to convince Steve Parish to give him a new contract after he let his manager down massively with yet another poor performance.
With Joel Ward waiting in the wings, the former Liverpool defender will now face an anxious few days before the Eagles travel to Aston Villa in a matter of days.