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Liverpool Vs Crystal Palace Preview: Setup, Team News, Predicted Lineup And Key Men

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The Liverpool supporters would have been disappointed seeing their club put up a lacklustre display against Everton this weekend. It was not a performance that the 2019 Champions League winners would be proud of and they should have a chance to make amends against Crystal Palace tomorrow. They need five points to win the league this term formally, and Klopp would ideally like to achieve three of those points in their next match.

The Eagles, on the other hand, have done well for themselves this season and their latest win against Bournemouth must have instilled confidence in the squad. Palace are at the ninth position in the league, and a consistent run of form could see them earn a European spot next season.

Team setup

Liverpool should lineup in a 4-3-3 manner with their front three back in action. Until the introduction of Gomez at the left-back position, most of their attacks were directed through the right against Everton, and the manager would love to change that with Robertson likely to be back.

Palace should also replicate the 4-3-3 formation with Zaha and Benteke leading the line for the visitors. Manager Roy Hodgson can guide his side to their highest ever points tally, and he would make sure that his players are focused on doing the job.

Team news

Liverpool

Joel Matip suffered an injury in the draw against Everton, and he could be forced to stay out for this match, meaning Gomez could take his place at the heart of the defence. Robertson is likely to be back for this encounter, and the left-back would be raring to go after missing out on the action for so long. In the attacking department, the club certainly missed the services of Salah, and the Egyptian could be in the starting eleven this time around.

Liverpool’s Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah looks on during the UEFA Champions league Round of 16 second leg football match between Liverpool and Atletico Madrid at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on March 11, 2020. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

Predicted Liverpool lineup against Crystal Palace

Becker, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Crystal Palace

Palace would be without the services of James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and former Reds star Martin Kelly through injury. The manager should name an unchanged eleven this time around as he would not risk taking any chances for this encounter.

Predicted Crystal Palace lineup against Liverpool

Guaita; Ward, Dann, Cahill, Van Aanholt; Kouyate, Milivojevic, McArthur; Ayew, Benteke, Zaha

Key men

The Liverpool manager and the supporters would be excited to see Salah and Robertson back in action, and the two should be able to provide the spark that was missing in the side against Everton. Keita did a decent job in the midfield the other night, and thus his services could be crucial for the team.

For Palace, Zaha certainly can unlock the Liverpool defence, and the forward thrusts of the wing-backs would provide ample opportunity to Benteke to exploit the gaps in the Merseyside club’s backline.

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