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Match Preview – Liverpool v Crystal Palace

After a disappointing draw on the opening weekend, Liverpool will be hoping to bounce back in their first Anfield fixture of the 2022/23 campaign.

Crystal Palace are the visitors to Merseyside on Monday evening, looking for a response to their after defeat in their Premier League opener.

 

Here is all you need to know about Monday’s clash at Anfield.

Form

Liverpool: D

Liverpool were below their best during a disappointing opening weekend result at Fulham, with the Reds perhaps fortunate to emerge with a point at Craven Cottage.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were caught cold by the newly-promoted Cottagers, who took the game to Liverpool and exposed poor performances from the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk.

Darwin Nunez’s introduction off the bench helped turn the tide, with the Uruguayan marking his Premier League debut with a goal and assist. The summer signing was far from perfect in west London, but should have done enough to earn a full debut at Anfield on matchday two.

Mohamed Salah also continued his spectacular record on the opening weekend, scoring for the sixth consecutive season to extend his own Premier League record. Harvey Elliott is expected to come into the side amid a lack of midfield options, with Thiago Alcantara ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury.

Crystal Palace: L

Patrick Vieira bemoaned his side’s inability to take their chances against Arsenal last weekend, as the Eagles fell to a 2-0 defeat at Selhurst Park.

Odsonne Edouard headed straight at Aaron Ramsdale when well placed, while Eberechi Eze also missed a good chance when one-against-one with the England goalkeeper.

Palace have been handed a tough start to the new season, with trips to Liverpool and Manchester City in their next three Premier League games.

Vieira will hope his side can manage to put early points on the board as the Eagles look to build on a promising debut season under the Frenchman’s management.

Last Meeting

Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool, January 23rd 2022

Liverpool reduced the gap to leaders Manchester City with a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace in January, as a ruthless early performance put the Reds in control at Selhurst Park.

Virgil van Dijk rose to power home Andy Robertson’s corner for an eighth-minute opener, before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rifled in a second before half-time after being picked out by Robertson at the far post.

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Liverpool failed to build on that performance in the second half and allowed Palace back into the game. Odsonne Edouard tapped into an open goal after Jean-Philippe Mateta’s centre, following a number of missed chances for the home side.

Liverpool made the game safe after Fabinho scored a controversial late penalty, with Klopp admitting that his side had shown the best and worst of themselves across the 90 minutes.

Predicted Lineups

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Elliott; Salah, Diaz, Nunez.

Crystal Palace: Guiata; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Doucoure, Schlupp, Eze; Ayew, Zaha, Edouard.

Who is the referee?

Paul Tierney.

What channel is Liverpool v Crystal Palace on?

UK and Irish fans can watch the game on Sky Sports Main Event.

What time is kick off?

Monday 15th August, 20:00 BST.

Odds

Liverpool – 1/5

Draw – 11/2

Crystal Palace – 14/1

Read – Five players that impressed on their Premier League debut

Read Also – Five kneejerk takeaways from the Premier League’s opening weekend

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