Liverpool Team News: Injuries, suspensions & line-up vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool again have fresh injury concerns to contend with this weekend, but will be looking to record three wins on the bounce to bolster their Champions League push against Crystal Palace. 

The Reds are unbeaten in seven, with their rejuvenated form largely down to a recalibration of approach. 

The dazzling early-season displays from Jurgen Klopp’s side have been replaced by what the manager termed “adult football” against Stoke City and West Brom, with a greater focus on game management and seeing out fixtures in the absence of key players. 

Another gritty performance is required from Liverpool on Sunday as the Eagles, who have recorded victory in their last two visits to Anfield, will be typically obstructive.

LIVERPOOL INJURIES

Adam Lallana (thigh), Jordan Henderson (foot) and Sadio Mane (knee) remain sidelined. 

Klopp's selection issues have only worsened and the German may need to get creative at the back with two of his centre-halves doubtful as well as his deepest-lying midfielder, who covers in the heart of defence. "[We have] a few little things from the last game, it doesn't make it much easier," he explained. 

"Little bit muscle problems, Joel Matip, Lucas Leiva [and] still a problem with Ragnar Klavan. 

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"Klavan [who sat out the 1-0 win over West Brom] was a very, very small medial ligament, but could be also really not enough time until Crystal Palace.

"It's not 100 per cent that Lucas cannot play, it's not 100 per cent that Joel cannot play, it's not 100 per cent that Ragnar cannot play.

"But they are not in training in the moment, so that's not too cool.

"Joe Gomez played on Monday, U23, again [he] did well, made big steps in the last few weeks, so maybe we have to try this pair.

"We will see, I don’t know in the moment."

LIVERPOOL SUSPENSIONS

The hosts do not have any suspension concerns, but Mamadou Sakho is ineligible to play against his parent club.

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LIVERPOOL POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UP

It is hard to predict Liverpool's XI for Sunday given the question marks over fitness. Klavan is almost certain to miss out, so the hope will be that Matip can shrug off his problem to start or that Lucas can feature and cover at centre-back.

If that is not the case, Joe Gomez, who has not played a minute in the Premier League this season, is expected to step in.

Both of them could play with the Brazilian remaining as the deepest midfielder, or Klopp could choose to move James Milner central with Alberto Moreno coming in. Another option to that effect would see Nathaniel Clyne switching to the left, with Trent Alexander-Arnold starting on the right. 

There is also the possibility of playing Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge in tandem, but the ultimate decision on selection will be made late and is dependant on the medical team's analysis.

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CRYSTAL PALACE TEAM NEWS

Sakho's unavailability is a big hindrance to Sam Allardyce, who admitted the French defender has been “one of the reasons behind the recovery in recent weeks.”

Only Tottenham (18) and Liverpool (14) have won more points across their last six Premier League matches than Palace.

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James Tomkins is back in contention and will try to negate the absence of an influential Sakho, while Patrick van Aanholt, Loic Remy and James McArthur also return to the squad.

Christian Benteke, who departed Anfield for Selhurst Park last summer, will be determined to give Liverpool a further headache in defence.

“When the ball is in the air, he is the main threat,” Klopp warned.

“We felt it a lot of times here when we trained together. He is in a good run.

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“Like it is always when you play against Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) and these kind of strikers – tall, good with their back to the goal – you have to avoid the crosses and you have to avoid the passes. That’s how it works.

“If we let them cross 50 balls it’s pretty likely Christian will have a few dangerous headers. That’s not his only strength, of course, but that’s a real strength.

“You have to avoid passes in this area, but it’s not only for him. If you are only concentrated on Christian then (Wilfried) Zaha and (Andros) Townsend are around you.

“That’s really one of the best offensive lines in the Premier League. Then they have all the experience and size in their backline. We respect this. We know how to play against it, but nevertheless we have to show it.”

BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS

  • Crystal Palace have won on their last two visits to Anfield in the Premier League. The last team to win three in a row there were Chelsea in October 2005.

  • Sam Allardyce has never won a Premier League game at Anfield as a manager (D3 L10). The only away ground he’s lost at as many times is Old Trafford.

  • Only Kevin De Bruyne (10) has more assists from open play this season in the Premier League this season than Wilfried Zaha (9).

TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME

Kick off is at 16:30 BST and the match is televised in the UK live on Sky Sports 1.

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