Liverpool face their bogey team on Saturday afternoon, looking to get their first win over Crystal Palace at Anfield since 2013. Their run against the Eagles is poor, registering only three wins compared to four defeats against their visitors when meeting on home turn since the turn of the millennium. Jurgen Klopp will be looking to turn that form around against Frank de Boer’s side this weekend.
Liverpool have had a mixed start to the campaign, with a disappointing draw at Watford last weekend being followed up by a positive midweek victory over Hoffenheim in their Champions League qualifier. That will affect the fitness of some Liverpool players but they are likely to have taken confidence from that display after a shaky start to life in the Premier League.
Crystal Palace endured a nightmare start as they were thrashed by three goals to nil on the opening weekend by newly promoted Huddersfield Town. That was a shock to the system for the Eagles who had enjoyed a fairly promising pre-season under new boss Frank de Boer.
Liverpool are likely to field an unchanged line-up for the third consecutive game after their impressive midweek game over Hoffenheim. Daniel Sturridge may hope to come off the bench.
Changes are likely for Frank de Boer’s Crystal Palace. Joel Ward and Jason Puncheon will be under particular pressure after poor displays last weekend. Yohan Cabaye could come back into the mix after injury, whilst Timothy Fosu-Mensah may play further forward as a wing-back. 18-year-old Jason Eyenga-Lokilo could be given a chance in attack.
Philippe Coutinho has been ruled out with a back injury amidst intense transfer speculation, but Daniel Sturridge is available for the Reds after joining training in mid-week. This tie does come a little too soon for Nathaniel Clyne though, with Adam Lallana and Danny Ings still some way off a first team return.
Wilfried Zaha could miss as much as a month with a knee injury sustained against Huddersfield Town on the opening day last weekend, meaning that other players like Yohan Cabaye could be rushed back despite only making a return to action for the under 23s in midweek. Pape Souare is still working towards a return.
Match prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Crystal Palace
Liverpool’s quality should shine through against a Crystal Palace side struggling. Their shallow squad could prove the difference with key players like Zaha and Cabaye ruled out or doubtful. Despite that, the Reds can’t be complacent given their aerial strength.