Liverpool have concerns in central defence, with Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Lucas Leiva all unable to train this week because of minor injuries.
Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana remain sidelined with thigh and foot injuries respectively.
Crystal Palace will be without on-loan defender Mamadou Sakho, who is ineligible to face his parent club.
A fit-again James Tomkins is set to start, with Loic Remy and James McArthur also in contention.
MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
Alistair Mann: “Only two sides are in better current form than Crystal Palace – that one of them is Liverpool demonstrates why this weekend’s match is so enticing.
“Both have won five of their last seven games as they strive to reach their contrasting targets and, with Palace having won on their last two visits to Anfield, Liverpool are fully aware of the difficulty the visitors will present.
“By contrast, Sam Allardyce has never won a league match at the famous stadium in 13 previous attempts.
“But having recorded wins against both Chelsea and Arsenal recently, he may well go there with as much expectation as hope, with striker Christian Benteke particularly keen to impress on his first return since he was sold by Jurgen Klopp last August.”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: “If we let them cross 50 balls, it is pretty likely [Christian Benteke] will have a few dangerous headers but that is not his only strength.
“You have to avoid passes in this area but not only for him; if you only concentrate on Christian then [Wilfried] Zaha, [Andros] Townsend are around you.
“They have one of the best offensive lines in the Premier League and we respect this.”
Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce: “We’re in Champions League form for picking points up, which should give us a huge amount of confidence on Sunday.
“Hopefully we can be good enough, big enough and brave enough, and confident enough to try and repeat what we’ve done against Chelsea and Arsenal recently.”
I know Crystal Palace have been going well, and it will be interesting to see how Christian Benteke gets on back at Anfield,
But if Liverpool can cut off Benteke’s supply, I would expect them to win this one.
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- Liverpool have won the last two league meetings between the sides.
- However, Palace have triumphed on their last two league visits to Anfield. The last team to win three in a row there in the Premier League were Chelsea in October 2005.
- The most recent of Palace’s victories was in November 2015, when they inflicted a first defeat as Liverpool manager on Jurgen Klopp.
- Liverpool have won five of their last seven league games, drawing the other two, and are looking for a third league victory in a row.
- The Reds already have six more points this season than the 60 they amassed in the whole of last season, and are the leading scorers in the Premier League with 69 goals.
- Liverpool have lost just once in their last 24 Premier League games at Anfield (W15, D8).
- Their five Premier League defeats this season have come against clubs who were in the bottom half of the table going into this weekend.
- Manchester United are the only visiting team to keep a clean sheet at Anfield in a Premier League game during Jurgen Klopp’s time as Liverpool manager.
- Roberto Firmino has scored in his last two Premier League games against Crystal Palace.
- Palace, like Liverpool, have won five of their last seven league games (D1, L1).
- Wilfried Zaha has had nine assists from open play in this season’s Premier League, second only to Kevin De Bruyne’s tally of 10.
- Palace have conceded 19 goals from set-pieces in this season’s top flight. Only Hull City, with 26, have conceded more.
- Former Liverpool player Christian Benteke has scored three goals in his two previous Premier League games at Anfield as an opposition player.
- Jason Puncheon has had 38 shots in this season’s Premier League without scoring – it’s the highest such tally in the top flight.
|Most probable score: 2-0||Probability of draw: 17%|
|Probability of home win: 71%||Probability of away win: 12%|
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Published at Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:05:11 +0000