Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace
Sunday, April 23, 2017 – 4:30pm (BST)
Referee: Andre Marriner
Another week, another ugly away win. What has happened to this previously spineless Reds side?
Next up for the Reds is another potentially awkward tussle with one of the Premier League‘s less fashionable sides, as Palace make the trip to Merseyside.
Anfield has been a happy hunting ground for the Eagles in recent times—they have won on their last two visits there—and they have sailed clear of relegation under Sam Allardyce.
On paper, Liverpool should have too much for Palace, even with a number of important players missing, but the unpredictability of the league guarantees nothing.
Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last seven matches, winning five of them, and three more points this weekend would keep them on course for next season’s Champions League.
Time to end the Palace jinx, Reds.
Last Meeting: Crystal Palace 2-4 Liverpool
Klopp has admitted that Jordan Henderson‘s return date is currently nowhere in sight, with the captain’s season potentially over.
On-loan Mamadou Sakho is ineligible to face his permanent employers, which is a blow for Palace, given his excellent form since arriving in January.
Both James Tomkins and Loic Remy are back in training for Palace, however.
Papa Souare and Connor Wickham are long-term absentees for Allardyce’s side, while Patrick van Aanholt and Fraizer Campbell are also missing.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Crystal Palace – Last five results (all competitions)
Klopp spoke about the importance of a settled centre-back pairing, with consistent injuries to his defenders, and said summer reinforcements may be likely:
“It would make sense, but what can I say? It’s nothing to talk about now,” he said.
“We have to find a solution for the weekend. That’s it.
“It’s not 100 percent Lucas cannot play, not 100 percent Joel cannot play, not 100 percent Ragnar cannot play. But they are not in training at the moment.
“Of course it would help if you could play the same couple consistently, but if not it’s not about moaning.
“It’s not about the boys saying ‘one game, thank you, now give me two weeks’ break’.
“In the end we’ll have solutions, and we’ll find the solutions for sure.”
Our live blog will be up and running from 3:45pm, with Henry Jackson our man in the chair this week. Make sure you tune in for minute-by-minute updates.