Liverpool squad and team news vs Crystal Palace: Late test for Sterling

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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be missing from the squad to face Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the FA Cup after being ruled out for two to three weeks with a hamstring problem.

KINGSTON-UPON-THAMES, ENGLAND - Monday, January 5, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard in action against AFC Wimbledon during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at the Kingsmeadow Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With Lucas Leiva already out for at least a month with a thigh problem it means Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen are likely to be paired in central midfield.

Forward Raheem Sterling, who missed the midweek league win over Tottenham with a foot injury, has to be assessed while youngster Jordon Ibe is cup-tied.

Provisional squad: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho, Markovic, Allen, Henderson, Moreno, Coutinho, Lallana, Sturridge, Jones, Ward, Johnson, Manquillo, Enrique, Borini, Lambert, Balotelli.

Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare could make his debut in the FA Cup fifth round against Liverpool on Saturday after the Senegalese had a work permit application approved.

Souare joined from Lille last month and has been cleared to play in the game at Selhurst Park but Eagles captain Mile Jedinak remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Yaya Sanogo (hamstring) and James McArthur (thigh) are also struggling to be fit in time while Shola Ameobi is still regaining fitness and unlikely to feature.

Provisional squad: Speroni, Hennessey, Ward, Kelly, Mariappa, Hangeland, Souare, Dann, Delaney, Bannan, Guedioura, Mutch, McArthur, Ledley, Puncheon, Zaha, Bolasie, Gayle, Sanogo, Chamakh, Campbell, Gayle, Ameobi.

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