After overcoming the challenge of Arsenal in the EFL Cup semi-final, Liverpool will travel to Selhurst Park to encounter Crystal Palace in a crucial Premier League encounter on Sunday afternoon.
Liverpool hasn’t enjoyed a great time in recent games in the league as they have dropped seven points in the last five games which have extended the distance with the league leader Manchester City.
Meanwhile, Crystal Palace has lost in the last nine consecutive games in the league against Sunday’s opponent. The Eagles have also lost the last six games in the league at home against the Reds, including the 7-0 thumping in this fixture last season.
The hosts have won two of the last three games against a side sitting in the top three, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City were the victims of those victories earlier this campaign. And the Eagles haven’t lost two consecutive home games under Patrick Vieira.
Crystal Palace recent form in Premier League: D-L-W-L-D
Liverpool hasn’t won any of their last four games in London this season. So, it will be interesting to see if they can get back to winning ways in this fixture or not. The Reds came away victorious by 3-0 in the reverse fixture against Crystal Palace at Anfield.
Meanwhile, after failing to win three successive games in the Premier League. Jurgen Klopp’s side has returned to winning ways in the last game against Brentford. The German boss will be looking to continue their winning run going into this game to close the gap at the top of the league.
Liverpool recent form in Premier League: W-D-L-D-W
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool: the Eagles team news:
Crystal Palace will be without Wilfred Zaha and Cheikhou Kouyate due to their involvement in the Africa Cup of Nations. Jordan Ayew has returned to England after Ghana’s shock exit from the competition and it will be interesting to see if will be involved in this game or not. James Tomkins, James McArthur and Vicente Guaita the other three names will remain sidelined for this encounter.
Crystal Palace’s possible starting lineup:
Butland; Ward, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Hughes, Gallagher; Olise, Edouard, Eze
The Reds team news:
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita will be out for Liverpool due to their international duties in the Africa Cup of Nations. Thiago Alcantara, Nat Phillips, Divock Origi and Harvey Elliott the other names will not be available for this game due to injury issues.
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold; Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Jones; Jota, Firmino, Minamino
Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool
Containing Liverpool from scoring will be too hard for the hosts despite their depleted forward line.