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Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Predicted XI

This weeks Premier League fixtures find Liverpool hosting Crystal Palace. Let’s have a look at what team is likely to start the match.

Patrick Viera’s men are coming off a resounding triumph over Spurs this past week so their conference will be soaring like the eagle on their crest. 

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Klopp will have to field a strong team to stop Palace from getting successive upsets over the big boys. 

Let’s have a look at who we think will be starting the fixture. 

Alisson;

Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson;

Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago;

Salah, Jota, Mané;

Mohamed Salah AC Milan

After a successful European rendezvous, the Reds turn their attention to the Eagles of London.

Liverpool have six games in the next sixteen days which means some form of rotation will have to be deployed. However, I do not believe this game to be the one for major changes.

With this in mind, Alisson and his big boys should be taking up the defensive line. I think Matip will make his way back into the side over Joe Gomez for this fixture to continue his fantastic league form.

Joel Matip

Both fullbacks could be in like for a rest come next fixture (Norwich in the league cup) but both are needed for this game to deal with Palace’s tricky wingers.

Konaté is an option but the Frenchman is more likely to be eased into the first team through the aforementioned cup match.

Naby Keita dribbles the ball in the Red's opening day win against Norwich

The midfield will be similar to what we saw against Milan with one change coming in the way of Thiago in the place of Naby Keïta.

Unfortunately, this does not look like the game where we will finally see Thiago and Keïta start together but I’m sure one day our dreams will become reality.

I am not a big fan of this midfield three due to Henderson’s positioning. I much prefer the right hand side of TAA, Thiago and Salah which has proved to be very successful over the past few matches. Henderson on the right does not provide the same excellent link up play that Thiago can provide.

Jordan Henderson

For this reason, I prefer Keïta to start as he is a left sided midfielder and therefore would not stifle our right side of the pitch. However, I am aware Henderson will most likely start.

The front three was rotated last game with Origi replacing Mané but there is no way this will be repeated in a Premier League fixture.

Virgil van Dijk Roberto Firmino

With Firmino ruled out, the attacking trio is as predictable as Lil Nas X’s new album’s commercial success.

Salah is on world class form right now and there is no way curly Mo should be dropped in these circumstances.

Mohamed Salah

Jota’s link up play has improved vastly this season and his immense attacking intensity is going to be needed against this defensively sound Palace side.

Sadio seems determined to score as many goals as possible this season to prove he isn’t washed (like some fans have claimed) and he has the opportunity to create a new Premier League record this Saturday.

If Mané scores against Crystal Palace he will become the first player in league history to score in nine consecutive matches against the same opposition.

Sadio Mane AC Milan

This team is solid and should be delivering the three points this gameweek. The only issue is the options off the bench which range from Kostas Tsimikas to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

I have some fear that this may be the game Klopp decides to use Ox as a false nine and drop Salah but let’s just hope that won’t happen.