Liverpool will be looking to build on their disappointing 0-0 draw against Everton when they host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday evening.
The Reds will play their first home game since returning to Premier League action and they’ll be faced with Roy Hodgson’s Eagles.
Jurgen Klopp and his men will no doubt already be looking at where they can improve from a rather dull display at Goodison Park at the weekend. A tightly packed Everton defence kept any Liverpool chances to a minimum, and with no Mohamed Salah, opportunities were few and far between.
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Palace are currently ninth in the league table and will be travelling to Merseyside already sitting on an away victory. The Eagles put two past a struggling Bournemouth and will hope to recreate their good form at Anfield.
The Reds are still well clear at the top of the table, but a home win will boost their confidence after a rusty looking derby performance. Here at the Transfer Tavern, we have predicted how Klopp will line his team up for this one, including three changes.
With James Milner injured during the derby and ruled out of Wednesday’s game, fans will only hope Andy Robertson’s absence from Sunday’s squad was just precaution. If he is fit, he will undoubtedly start against Palace – however, Yasser Larouci may be asked to step up if the Scot is carrying an injury.
Joe Gomez will come in to replace Joel Matip who also suffered an injury blow against Everton. The midfield three will stay the same, with Naby Keita earning another start thanks to an impressive derby performance. The Guinean made two tackles and created one goal-scoring opportunity, which are good numbers for such a quiet match and 65 minutes played (via Sofascore).
Takumi Minamino had a quiet 45 minutes before he was replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. His inability to make an impact going forward will likely see Salah return to the starting lineup, also providing he is match fit.
A win for the Reds will see them need just two points to secure their first ever Premier League title, which could be done against reigning champions Manchester City next week…
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