Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: No More Losing Points
The Reds’ hope to end the thirst of glory in Premier League is approaching to the end. They only need four points to clinch the title. However, their form after the restart does not look convincing yet. Relying on fortune might not be a good idea. This midweek they should be careful while hosting Crystal Palace, the team on the mid table, whose form has been quite stable with four consecutive win. Thus, losing points is not tolerable for Liverpool.
Liverpool began their journey to the end after the restart with a slightly unconvincing result. They were quite lucky to have a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby last weekend. If Tom Daviess strike had not hit the post, they would have gone home in shame.
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The Eagles, on the other hand, resumed their campaign with a 2-0 win over Bournemouth. Luka Milivojevics free kick marked their opener on the score sheet. Then, the Ghanaian international Jordan Ayew doubled their lead after converting Patrick Van Aarnholt’s pass into a goal.
Missing players and probable lineups
Jurgen Klopps tendency in deploying 4-3-3 might still endure. Yet, there are a number of key players are on the sideline such as James Milner, Andrew Robertson, Mo Salah, Xerdan Shaqiri, Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne. Such potentially forces him unable to pick his best starting IX, especially the left back. This could be the side their opponent may exploit in the game. Playing Joe Gomez on that post seems to be the only possible option left, whereas either Divock Origi or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will cover Mo Salah’s position on the right winger.
Liverpool: Alisson Becker; Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Giorgio Wijnaldum; Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita; Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The former Switzerland and England boss, Roy Hodgson is likely to employ 4-5-1 for this fixture. Jordan Ayew is either opted for the lone striker or playing wide supported by Winfred Zaha and Christian Benteke. Despite losing Martin Kelly, Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins in the starting IX, Palaces defensive tactics would surely pur The Reds in difficulty to break the deadlock.
Crystal Palace: Vicente Guaita; Gary Cahill, Joel Ward, Scott Dann, Patrick Van Aanholt; Luka Milivojevic, Winfred Zaha, Cheikhou Koyate, James McArthur, Jordan Ayew; Christian Benteke.
In the head-to-head meetings, Jordan Henderson and Co have the absolute dominance with six wins in the last six encounters. Nevertheless, this record means nothing as the crisis on the left flank could somehow still stumble them if Liverpool are not cautious.
This match is as important as ever for Jurgen Klopps men. Yet, a pressure to win can be a burden for them which may eventually distract them. This is where Klopps experience is needed the most to keep their confidence high and the stress level low. If Liverpool are not capable of doing so, Winfred Zaha and Co will strike and stun them at the end.
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