Match Preview: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Date & time: June 24th, 2020 - 8:15pm
Is it on: Sky Sports
Ref: Martin Atkinson
The Reds return tomorrow night with a quickfire game at home to Crystal Palace, who are flying higher than expected this season, currently sitting in 9th place, level with Spurs.
A few wins in their favour, and they even start looking good for a place in Europe, possibly even the Champions League.
They're on a run of four successive wins, their best run this season, and Liverpool will have their work cut out for them to stop Palace's pacy counter-attacks.
With a couple of main starters hopefully returning for the home side, we should see a more balanced approach than what we witnessed on Sunday night. Hodgson, though, will be keen to spoil the party that will hopefully have started in earnest by 10pm tomorrow night.
Injuries & Suspension
A squad that was only missing Shaqiri prior to the derby on Sunday, could see James Milner and Joel Matip added to that list.
Meanwhile, Mo Salah and Andy Robertson are apparently expected to make a return, after both were unused on Sunday, despite Salah making the bench.
For Palace, there are no new concerns on the injury front for the visitors, with just James Tomkins, Jeffrey Schlupp and Martin Kelly likely to miss out.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): W-L-L-W-D
Crystal Palace (all comps): L-W-W-W-W
Predicted Line up
It's a tough one, as there were few standout performances the other night, but you have to accept that after an almost 3 1/2 month break many players will be extremely rusty.
One change I would consider though, is Firmino. He was off-form prior to the break and looked no better on Sunday night. On the other hand Takumi look up for it.
He plays a similar game to Bobby and could easily do a job in that position, given the time to settle properly. Give him 45 minutes against Palace to see how he works ahead of Keita, with Mo and Sadio either side.
Starting XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Mane, Salah and Minamino.
Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Larouci, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Origi, Firmino.