Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Preview: Reds must deal with Eagles in the air


Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Preview: Reds must deal with Eagles in the air

Liverpool face their final game in a three week run against aerial threat as they take on Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace this Sunday.

If Liverpool can take three points they’ll take another big step towards securing a top four place, on a weekend where many around them don’t play in the league due to FA Cup commitments.

THE DETAILS

Match: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Venue: Anfield

Date: Sunday 23rd April

Time: 16:30 BST

FORM

Liverpool are flying right now, although you might not guess it given the way the Reds have ground out wins in the last few weeks. Unbeaten in seven, winning five of those games, Liverpool have reclaimed their place in the top four – for now.

Having seen off the likes of Arsenal and Burnley, a stumble at home to Bournemouth only increased nerves ahead of away challenges at Stoke City and West Brom, two grounds Liverpool hate going to. However, Klopp’s men passed those tests with flying colours, winning 2-1 and then 1-0, Roberto Firmino firing in the winner both times.

Looking at the table, *if* Manchester City, United and Arsenal win all their games in hand, the fourth placed Reds will be ahead of United on goal difference, a point behind City and three ahead of Arsenal. However, the Manchester club’s have to play one-another as a game in hand, whilst all three face tricky fixtures before the season finishes.

Palace are looking at an interesting picture of their own even further down the table, having turned their season around eventually under Allardyce despite a slow start when he was brought in. Since Liverpool loanee Mamadou Sakho got into the side, Palace have taken 16 points from 21, keeping four clean-sheets and beating the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

Those wins hauled the Eagles out of the relegation zone, but they still need one or two more points to keep themselves away from trouble in the closing weeks. Last time out they showed some impressive team spirit, coming from two goals down to tie 2-2 at Leicester City.

TEAM NEWS

Liverpool’s injury crisis hasn’t got any better this week as it was revealed that Jordan Henderson could be out for the rest of the season, with recovery from his foot injury not going as quickly as hoped.

Defensive issues continue with Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva all having missed training at some points this week, potentially leaving Joe Gomez to come in alongside Dejan Lovren. Adam Lallana is on his way back but won’t be involved against Palace, leaving Klopp hoping that he can name an unchanged side should Lucas and Matip make it.

Palace will be without their two front-line defenders in Scott Dann (injured) and Mamadou Sakho (unavailable) so they could be weaker than normal at the back, although it’s in attack where they’ll pose the main threat with the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke.

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