Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds look to go top of the table.
With Manchester United and Chelsea not in action until Sunday (19 September) and Everton playing on Saturday (18 September) evening, victory will see Liverpool go top for at least a few hours.
Crystal Palace meanwhile could go as high as ninth with a win depending on results elsewhere.
Divock Origi is a doubt for Liverpool after suffering cramps in Tuesday’s Champions League win over AC Milan.
Neco Williams (foot) is a doubt but Harvey Elliott (ankle) and Roberto Firmino (hamstring) are ruled out.
Palace have no fresh injury concerns to report as Jeffrey Schlupp is ruled out with a hamstring injury, which forced him to miss last weekend’s win against Tottenham.
Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson (both Achilles) remain absent.
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last eight meetings against Crystal Palace (W8), with Sadio Mane scoring nine goals in those eight clashes.
- Palace have won three of their last seven visits to Anfield (W3, L4).
- Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have scored all three of their penalties against Palace in 24 Premier League meetings.
- Palace have scored twice in their last two matches, which marks the first time since late September – early October 2019 that the Eagles scored twice in two consecutive league games.
- Liverpool are the first team to hit 100 shots in the Premier League this season.
After recording a routine victory at Leeds last weekend, Liverpool were certainly made to fight for their midweek Champions League win over AC Milan because their attack was clinical, yet their defence were caught out on pace and positioning twice which Palace surely need to target given their ability.
Palace also comes into this match off the back of a disciplined pressing performance in a surprise win over Tottenham, in which they were fierce on the flanks although Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson will be difficult to get past here.
Tactics though looks set to be key because Liverpool will be favourites here but Palace are continuously improving under Patrick Vieira, so will pose a difficult test if able to impose their style on this match.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Crystal Palace
Result: Liverpool 3-0 Crystal Palace