Liverpool face Crystal Palace and are looking to win their first away game in all competitions after two consecutive stalemates.
Liverpool visit the Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, just two days after overcoming Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. The Reds are leading the rest of the pack by three clear points now but face the Eagles who have so often been the Reds’ bogey side and are unbeaten in their last three league outings.
In one of the busiest parts of the season, Jurgen Klopp has to cope with significant absentees as Thiago Alcantara among several others remains on the treatment table. Fortunately, though, the younger players have stepped up and would be kept an eye on during the champions’ visit to south London.
Alisson Becker will start in goal as he is now fully fit. After making his first FIFPro World XI appearance, the Brazilian would hope to lead Liverpool to their first clean sheet in four matches. Both first-choice fullbacks in Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are fit and will start. Their attacking acumen will be useful against a mid-block.
Fabinho will once again step in as the central defender. Joel Matip remains doubtful for the fixture and given that he is the only fit natural centre-back in the side right now among the experienced lot, it is likely that Rhys Williams will make his second successive league start. The youngster was brilliant versus Tottenham in what was his league debut.
Jordan Henderson has barely had any rest and would not be afforded any in the Palace fixture either. The captain will play as the defensive midfielder and will be joined by Georginio Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones in a three-man engine room. The latter made the headlines after his performance against Tottenham and will look to continue his run.
Sadio Mane has now been goalless in over five hours of football. The Senegalese is facing a raise against time to break his duck and will hope to do so when he starts at the Selhurst Park. Mohamed Salah is in brilliant form and has scored in each of his last four games and he too will start, as will Roberto Firmino, the match-winner versus Tottenham.