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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Preview: injuries, news, line-ups

All the latest news and information ahead of Wednesday night’s Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Crystal Palace as the Reds look to get their season back on track.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Preview: injuries, news, line-ups
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Liverpool Predicted XI vs Crystal Palace

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Gomez; Keita, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane

Crystal Palace Predicted XI vs Liverpool

Guaita; Ward, Dann, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur; Ayew, Benteke, Zaha

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Preview

It was not quite the return to action that Liverpool fans would have hoped for as their team laboured to a 0-0 draw against Everton on Sunday evening. The Reds controlled the game for the first hour but they struggled without the width that the absent Mohammed Salah and Andy Robertson would usually provide. They will want to regain some lost momentum having picked up just one win from their last five games in all competitions stretching back to late February.

Klopp admitted that his side struggled to find their rhythm in the offensive third against Everton and will expect to see an improvement at Anfield on Tuesday. Their next game sees Liverpool travel to the Etihad Stadium to face a Manchester City side who have looked imperious since the restart, scoring eight goals without reply in their two matches. With a number of injuries, Klopp has to balance the importance of getting key players back to match fitness and minimising the risk of any further mishaps.

Unlike Liverpool, Palace looked rejuvenated from the three month break as they strolled to victory over Bournemouth on Saturday. Two first-half goals sealed the three points and saw Roy Hodgson’s men leapfrog Arsenal into ninth place. The 72-year-old played down talk of European qualification but with his side just two points off the Europa League places it is not out of the question.

In the Merseyside derby Everton seemed to exploit Liverpool’s defensive injuries with Richarlison getting the better of substitute centre-back Dejan Lovren to create two good chances in the latter stages. The Everton forward found some joy in the left-forward position that Wilfred Zaha usually takes up for Palace. With Lovren looking likely to feature again on Wednesday the visitors may look to use Zaha and left-back Patrick van Aanholt to exploit the Croatian’s lack of pace.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Injuries and Suspensions

Up until the break Liverpool had been particularly fortunate with the fitness of key players but the loss of Salah and Robertson clearly affect them last time out. Salah may be fit to feature having been on the bench against Everton but Robertson seems likely to miss out again.

Injuries to James Milner (hamstring) and Joel Matip (foot) sustained during the Merseyside derby are likely to keep both players out of the Palace game with Klopp anxious to have more options available for the Manchester City game next week. Xherdan Shaqiri and Nathaniel Clyne have both been ruled out due to long term injuries.

Palace’s winning return to Premier League football came without a single fitness concern and they will be able to name an unchanged side if they wish. Having played the day before Liverpool’s trip to Everton they will have had more time to recover and should be the fresher of the two sides.

The only players to miss out for the visitors are James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly, all of whom picked up injuries before the league’s suspension in March.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: What the managers said

Jürgen Klopp (Liverpool): “I saw Crystal Palace and they look like a proper-oiled machine. They have four times in a row now a clean sheet, so it will be a tough job 100 per cent, I know that. But that is how the Premier League is always, so no problem with that.”

Roy Hodgson (Crystal Palace): “I know everybody would be very, very keen and very anxious to finish in the top 10, especially this year where we aren't that far divorced from a potential European place.

"Everything is there to play for but how well we can do will depend a lot on how we can keep our players fit and ready to play because we don't have a massive squad of players.”

Prediction: After struggling to break down Everton’s resolute defence on Sunday Liverpool will have a similar task against a Crystal Palace side who have one of the best defensive records in the league. The return of Mohammed Salah to the Red’s frontline would be a huge addition and they should have enough to return to winning ways on Wednesday. Having said that, Palace can cause Liverpool problems on the break and it will not be plain sailing for Klopp’s men. 3-1