Klopp To Make 1 Change, Key Man Ruled Out: Predicted Liverpool XI vs Crystal Palace

By on August 17, 2017

Liverpool will look to secure their first win of the new Premier League campaign when they welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield on Saturday afternoon.

Here is the side I think Jurgen Klopp will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet was partially at fault for Watford’s late equaliser last weekend but he made a vital penalty save during the Champions League win at Hoffenheim in midweek and Klopp is expected to stick with the Belgian international on Saturday.

Defence: Dejan Lovren has been criticised by some sections of the Anfield support for his early-season form but I don’t see Klopp changing his centre-back partnership unless he manages to bring in a new defender before the end of the month so he should continue alongside Joel Matip.

Nathaniel Clyne is once again missing as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury so Trent Alexander-Arnold will get another chance to impress at right-back after scoring a superb free-kick in midweek.

Alberto Moreno has started the first two games so far this season but the Spaniard has failed to impress so I wouldn’t be surprised to see James Milner come back in after scoring off the bench last time out.

Midfield: Adam Lallana remains on the sidelines with a thigh injury that’s expected to keep him out for several weeks so Emre Can should continue alongside Gini Wijnaldum in midfield.

Jordan Henderson has overcome his troublesome foot injury that hampered him last season so he should continue to sit in the holding role against Palace this weekend.

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Attack: Philippe Coutinho is once again ruled out with an apparent back injury as speculation continues to link the Brazilian international with a move to Barcelona.

Klopp had little to say about the matter at his press conference today other than to confirm Coutinho has a back injury and he has no complaints about the player’s attitude behind closed doors.

Mohamed Salah scored on his Premier League debut for the Reds last weekend so he’ll be hoping to continue his early-season form while Sadio Mane has also been exceptional so far in attack.

Daniel Sturridge is set to return to the squad after recovering from a thigh injury that he suffered in pre-season but the England international will have to make do with a place on the bench as Roberto Firmino should keep his place up front.

Here is how we think Liverpool will line up:

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One Comment

  1. Billious

    August 18, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Wrong. Moreno will continue, the only ones complaining about his performance are the nitpickers who’ve had it in for him from day one. Milner will spend this ‘his last season’ coming on from the bench to replace Henderson who is not playing well.

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