Match Preview: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool
Date & time: November 23rd 2019, 15:00
Where: Selhurst Park
Is it on: Only on Match of the Day
Ref: Kevin Friend
That damn, blasted final international break of 2019 is finally over, and Liverpool now have an uninterrupted spell of matches through to next March to look forward to.
Almost four whole months of Premier and Champions League football, with a few cups thrown in for good measure.
And it all begins away to Crystal Palace tomorrow afternoon, traditionally one of our toughest away days in the league.
Palace are not in particularly great form, or weren't, prior to the break but as we all know, the international break often acts as a reset button for many sides.
Hopefully Liverpool will have enough about them to see off the London side tomorrow and extend their lead at the top of the table ahead of the big match on Saturday night.
Injuries & Suspension
It'll be a rather tricky one for the Reds tomorrow, how have a number of injury issues to look at. Jurgen Klopp will have some important decisions to make, for sure.
Primarily, he'll have to decide whether risking Mo Salah and Andy Robertson is really worth it. Considering how we'll need both fit and ready for the run-in in the next 5-6 weeks.
Both are no, apparently, in contention but Salah - in particularly - is still carrying his ankle problem and appears to be being managed through matches.
Robbo is also still suffering with an injury that forced his withdrawal from Scotland duty buy as our only real left-back Klopp will be keen for him to be available as soon as he's able.
Despite what was said at the start of the month too, Joel Matip is completely out of contention for tomorrow's match.
Xherdan Shaqiri, meanwhile, could be in the squad at least. It may have come too soon for him to start, but if Salah isn't involved in any way then he may we have to be in his place.
Finally, Jordan Henderson is also likely to return after withdrawing from England duty with illness, as is Joe Gomez.
It all leaves Klopp with a few conundrums, particularly in midfield and at left full-back, and with a choice over whether Divock Origi or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain starts for Mo Salah.
For Crystal Palace both Joel Ward and Zaha are doubts but it's likely that both will be fit enough to play some part tomorrow.
Last 5 games:
Crystal Palace (all comps): L-L-D-L-W
Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-W-W
Predicted Line up
As has already been pointed out in this preview, and throughout the week, there's a fair few problems for Klopp to makes decisions upon.
We're suddenly overloaded with midfield options, but have a few issues at full back and up front, so who starts?
Personally, it's likely that one of Salah or Robertson doesn't start. Perhaps takes their place on the bench, particularly with Liverpool playing every 3-4 days now until next January.
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Robertson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Mane, Origi, Firmino.