Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool managed to put in a couple of gritty performances at the Hawthorns and the Bet 365 in their last two games as they push towards a place in the Champions League. They are right in the middle of things at the top-4 in the points table and a victory this weekend can take them closer to their target. But they face a tricky home tie against Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace, who have been in form in the last few games.
The Eagles have now lost just one of their last six games and will go for all three points at Anfield but it will not be easy against a Liverpool that has found a way to grind results out. Here is the predicted lineup that Klopp might field for this tie:
Skipper Jordan Henderson, midfielder Adam Lallana and striker Danny Ings are all ruled out of this tie. Daniel Sturridge is doubtful alongside Joel Matip and Lucas Leiva, both of who are nursing injuries. Sadio Mane is also ruled out for the rest of the season.
Expected lineup (4-3-3):
Simon Mignolet has been effective in the last couple of games and should keep his place between the sticks for this clash. Nathaniel Clyne has been consistent at the back and he might be pushed on the left flank to use Trent Alexander Arnold on the right side of the defence. The youngster should play at right back on the night.
Dejan Lovren is the only fit senior centre-back at the club for this game and he should lead the defensive line and could be partnered with Joe Gomez against Crystal Palace at the back.
Emre Can has done a terrific job in the last few games and he should play as the deepest of the midfielders on the night, in the absence of Lucas Leiva. Dutch star Georginio Wijnaldum has also been impressive and he should start just ahead of Can while James Milner, who has been used extensively as a left-back this season, could be pushed into the midfield to cover for injuries.
Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings are still not fit to take the field, which will mean that Belgium star Divock Origi will get his chance to lead the side yet again. He should be partnered with the Brazilian duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino on either side, a formula that has worked in the last couple of games.
Here is the how they would line up:
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