All the information you need ahead of this Premier league tie at Anfield.
LIVERPOOL chief Jurgen Klopp will seek a home victory against weak Crystal Palace after midweek’s heroics in Europe.
The feisty German will be eager to start Liverpool’s home campaign with a win, no doubt seeing the wounded Crystal Palace as the perfect chance to do so.
Their 3-3 draw at Watford will also act as extra motivation, with 2 goals scored from corners, perfectionist Klopp will be sure to improve their controversial zonal marking system, ironing out any sloppy defending.
The Reds are likely to lineup with a 433 system, with the adventurous front 3 of Mane, Firmino and Salah. The speedy attackers all capable of causing problems for the back 3 of Palace, who conceded 3 against Huddersfield last Saturday. The combination of lethal attacks and high intensity Gegenpressing looks to smother the opponents, stopping any possession play.
Fans will no doubt have confidence at home after last season, with a 3-1 win over Arsenal being one of the highlights.
Young right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold will be in high spirits after his free-kick on Tuesday, the confident Liverpudlian stepped up to the delight of his manager who praised his hunger and desire.
However, Philippe Coutinho is still linked with an alleged move away to Barcelona, the Brazilian maestro is unlikely to play, and fans may need to accept life without their star man.
The away side Crystal Palace are also missing a key player, Wilfred Zaha picked up an injury last Saturday, in the Eagles’ loss to Huddersfield.
New manager Frank De Boer, attempted to introduce a new exciting philosophy to South London, however his plans backfired with a humiliating defeat, leaving fans shocked at the complete rout on show.
The trendy 343 is paired with exciting players like Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek but the back 3 are sure to struggle against the explosive forward 3 of Liverpool.
The game itself looks to be an entertaining one, with Liverpool clear favourites an annihilation could be on the cards, but don’t write off the new thrilling young lineup of Palace, with target man Christian Benteke leading the line.
When is Liverpool vs Crystal Palace?
The game will take place on Saturday, August 19.
Liverpool host the game at the 54,000-seater Anfield stadium.
It will kick off at 3pm.
What TV channel is it on?
The game will not be on live television.
However, you can follow the match with the SunSport live blog.
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is expected to miss a month after damaging his right knee against Huddersfield. The winger appeared to walk off any pain during the game but needed a knee brace after the game. A return for mid-September is likely.
With De Boer low on attacking options, Andros Townsend could start in his place. Yohan Cabaye played for the Under-23s in midweek so could also feature in the side.
Philippe Coutinho, fresh from handing in a transfer request, could return for Liverpool from a back injury should Klopp feel he is capable in both fitness and mentality, however ongoing talks may prevent this.
Furthermore, Nathaniel Clyne and Daniel Sturridge are unlikely to be risked, although they are available following injury.
- Both teams have found the back of the net in each of the last 10 meetings in all competitions between Liverpool and Crystal Palace, averaging 3.9 goals per game.
- Crystal Palace are looking to become the first side to win four consecutive top-flight games versus Liverpool at Anfield since Arsenal in December 1935.
- Liverpool haven’t kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace in 13 competitive matches, since a 0-0 draw in an FA Cup 4th round tie in January 2003 (0-0).
- Christian Benteke has scored five goals in his previous three Premier League games at Anfield as an opposition player, more than he has at any other away ground in the competition.
- The Belgian’s brace in this fixture last term means he has now scored more Premier League goals at Anfield as a visiting player (5), than he did as a Liverpool player (4).
- Philippe Coutinho has had a hand in four goals in his last four Premier League appearances against the Eagles (two goals, two assists) but is unlikely to play this weekend.
- Roberto Firmino has both scored more and assisted more Premier League goals than any other Liverpool player since the start of 2015-16 (22 goals, 15 assists).
- On MD1, Mohamed Salah became the 12th different player to score on his Premier League debut for Liverpool – only Nigel Clough, Milan Baros and Daniel Sturridge have scored on their first two PL apps for the Reds.
- Sadio Mane, who has netted five goals in his last seven Premier League games, has had a hand in four goals in five matches against Crystal Palace in the top-flight (three goals, one assist).
- Frank De Boer lost his opening Premier League game in charge of the Eagles – the only Dutch manager to lose his first two games as a manager in the competition is Martin Jol (lost first three).