Crystal Palace v Liverpool Team News
Crystal Palace will look to derail Liverpool’s charge towards the Premier League title when the two teams meet at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
History suggests Palace will struggle to cause too many problems for Liverpool after losing six of the past seven meetings, while their recent form also leaves a lot to be desired.
After a positive start to the 2019-20 campaign, which included a 1-0 victory at Manchester United, they have lost their way.
Roy Hodgson’s side sit 12th, seven points clear of the relegation zone, but haven’t picked up a win in their last four outings.
Back-to-back losses at home, having failed to score in both, suggests Hodgson hasn’t been able to address last season’s issues at Selhurst Park.
Wilfried Zaha should boost Hodgson’s options up front after initial doubts about his availability for the clash.
The winger sustained a foot injury in the 2-0 loss to Chelsea prior to the international break but his boss insists he is “fine” and “should” be in the squad.
Joel Ward was substituted in the defeat to the Blues with a groin issue but has recovered and should retain his spot in the starting XI.
Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Manchester City prior to recent break has led many to suggest that the title is now theirs to lose.
The Reds are eight points clear of Leicester and Chelsea, in second and third respectively, while they sit nine ahead of City in fourth.
A run of five consecutive victories at Selhurst Park will fill the league leaders with confidence, not that they need a boost, and they have hit 24 away league goals against Palace – six more than any other team.
Jurgen Klopp does have some fitness concerns to deal with, however, with Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson both rated as doubts.
Salah has been recovering from an ankle injury over the past couple of weeks and Klopp will make a late call on the Egyptian.
Robertson is nursing the same injury and Klopp admitted he “cannot say 100 per cent” if he will be involved.
Virgil van Dijk “is 100 per cent available”, while Brazilian trio Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson should be available after representing their nation earlier this week.
Xherdan Shaqiri has been back in training after two months out with a calf injury but is unlikely to be fit enough to return to the matchday squad.
Saturday’s outing will be Palace’s 10th successive game in London, no team has ever played that many Premier League matches consecutively in the same city before.