Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Liverpool face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday, hoping to extend their unbeaten start to the Premier League season.

Before the international break, the reds moved eight points clear of their nearest rivals, Leicester, by convincingly beating Manchester City 3-1 at Anfield.

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The reds have the chance to move 12 points clear of the champions before they kick off versus Chelsea in the 5:30pm fixture.

Team News

Despite withdrawing from the game versus Estonia through ‘personal reasons’, Virgil Van Dijk is fit to face Palace, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the manager said: “In the moment, yes, Virgil is 100 per cent available.

When asked on Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson, Jurgen was unsure whether the pair would be fit enough to play, despite taking part in training yesterday;

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“From the others, I cannot say 100 per cent, I don’t know 100 per cent. Today is a very important session to judge that, especially with the players who came back late.”

Xherdan Shaqiri is expected to be back in the frame, Shaqiri hasn’t featured since the reds faced Burnley back in August but the Swiss has taken part in training this week.

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Predicted XI

If Salah and Robertson are not fit enough to start, I expect Klopp to use James Milner at right-back and Divock Origi to go alongside Mane and Firmino.

Allison; Trent-Lovren-VVD-Milner; Fabinho-Henderson-Wijnaldum: Mane-Firmino-Origi

What to expect

Before Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool, Crystal Palace was always a fixture fans dreaded, due to the lack of wins.

Even in today’s Premier League, Palace represents a major chance of a top six team dropping points due to the hostile nature of the ground and the team.

However, the reds have won their last four trips to Selhurst Park, Jurgen and his side will be looking to extend that winning run to five games this weekend.

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Crystal Palace pose a counter-attacking threat with the likes of Zaha and Townsend on the wings.

Roy Hodgson may pick Christian Benteke in his starting line-up, the Belgian has a good record when scoring against the reds, including two at Anfield, back in 2017.

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Prediction

In a tough encounter, I expect the reds to sneak a 2-1 win at Selhurst Park.

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