After suffering a disappointing draw in Sunday’s Merseyside Derby, Liverpool look to move closer towards the title as they welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield.
Victory would put Liverpool just one win away from the title unless Manchester City lose at Chelsea on Thursday evening, whilst Palace could climb as high as seventh with a win.
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Andrew Robertson and Mohamed Salah could for Liverpool after sitting out Sunday’s draw at Everton with knocks.
James Milner (hamstring), Joel Matip (foot), Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) and Nathaniel Clyne (knee) are ruled out.
Palace have no fresh injury concerns with Martin Kelly (calf), Jeffrey Schlupp (unspecified) and James Tomkins (thigh) still all sidelined.
- Liverpool have lost just one of their last eight league meetings against Crystal Palace (W7, L1).
- Sadio Mane has scored in each of his last five appearances for Liverpool against Palace.
- Crystal Palace have scored in six of their last seven trips to Anfield.
- Liverpool are yet to score from a free-kick this season in the Premier League.
- Luka Milivojevic is the only Palace player to have scored from the penalty spot more than once this season, having netted two penalties.
Liverpool will have to raise their game because they seemed quite rusty at Everton all over the pitch, which is surely a concern especially after Palace’s dominant display at Bournemouth in which their attacks caused massive issues down the flanks.
I therefore am expecting a tough game for Liverpool because Palace have the pace and attack needed to really hassle the Reds’ defence, although if they are more sharper after that first game back then Liverpool should just have the edge here.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Crystal Palace
Result: Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace