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A testing first away day for the Reds – Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool Preview

After a resounding victory over West Ham in their opening Premier League game, Liverpool encounter a tough trip to Crystal Palace on Monday night.

Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool

Monday, August 20, 2018 – 8pm (BST)
Selhurst Park
Premier League
Referee: Michael Oliver

It couldn’t have been a much nicer beginning to the campaign for the Reds if they had tried, with the Hammers swatted aside 4-0 at Anfield.

Liverpool barely even got out of third gear for much of the game, but their attacking quality and running power was too much for their beleaguered opponents.

Naby Keita enjoyed an excellent debut, Alisson was rarely troubled on his Reds bow and Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane hit the ground running with goalscoring showings.

Next up for Jurgen Klopp and his players is a journey south to Selhurst Park—historically a testing match for any team.

Under the bright lights and in front of a fervent home support, this will be an entirely different test for Liverpool.

They are a side overflowing with confidence and rhythm right now, however, and no team in the country will fancy their chances against them.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 31, 2018: Crystal Palace's manager Roy Hodgson before the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by Dave Shopland/Propaganda)c

Roy Hodgson is bound to be revved up against his former club, as will Christian Benteke, but this is the type of fixture the Reds must show their title credentials in.

It won’t be plain sailing and mental fortitude will be required, but can Palace really envisage stopping such a wonderful attacking side?

This fixture last season: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 12, 2018: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

There are no new injury worries for Klopp, although Liverpool must still make do without Dejan Lovren.

Joe Gomez will continue alongside Virgil van Dijk, as the 21-year-old looks to be the centre-back spot his own, but Joel Matip should return to provide support on the bench.

Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are all expected to be start, although Nathaniel Clyne is an option at right-back up against the dangerous Wilfried Zaha.

In midfield, Klopp must decide whether to stick with Keita, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner, or bring in Fabinho or Jordan Henderson, or both.

There is every chance that the manager will keep things the same, given the manner in which the midfielders performed against West Ham.

Salah, Mane and Roberto Firmino are all fit and raring to go.

Alberto Moreno, Adam Lallana and Daniel Sturridge will be among the options in reserve, but Ragnar Klavan and Marko Grujic have both left since last weekend.

Hodgson, like Klopp, has a fit squad to choose from, with Palace potentially unchanged from their impressive 2-0 win at Fulham last Saturday.

Last 5 Away to Crystal Palace (All Competitions)

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 31, 2018: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by Dave Shopland/Propaganda)

Won 2-1 – March, 2018 (Milivojevic pen; Mane, Salah)
Won 4-2 – October, 2016 (McArthur x2; Can, Lovren, Matip, Firmino)
Won 2-1 – March, 2016 (Ledley; Firmino, Benteke pen)
Won 2-1 – February, 2015 (Campbell; Sturridge, Lallana)
Lost 3-1 – November, 2014 (Gayle, Ledley, Jedinak; Lambert)

Selhurst Park

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: A general view of Crystal Palace's Selhurst Park ground before the FA Premier League match against Liverpool. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Capacity: 25,456

Away fans’ pubs: The Prince George in Thornton Heath

One piece of advice for visiting fan: Visit a Morley’s in south London!

Did You Know?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 12, 2018: Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mane has scored 13 goals in his last 18 appearances for Liverpool, dating back to his hat-trick away to Porto in February.

While Salah and Firmino have earned more praise, the 26-year-old has arguably been as devastating as anyone in the last six months.

Klopp’s View

Speaking at Melwood, Klopp outlined the threat posed by Zaha and praised Palace as an all-round unit:

“He’s very important. Last year was probably the best example for it.

“But I really think with all the results they had, the confidence grew a lot in the last year. They were very consistent with results.

“Zaha scored, yes, but they played real football. And three or four of their new players I think didn’t start—Kouyate for example, Max Meyer for example.

“Milvojevic and McArthur are doing well, Townsend is a fantastic player, Schlupp is in a slightly different position.

“It’s just a good football team, they have the pace on the wings and these things. Both full-backs are quick, very experienced centre halves.

“It’s a really good team. I think they are pretty happy that Wilfried signed a new contract!”

TV & Live Blog Info

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 8, 2015: A television camera blocks the view of the goal during the FA Cup 6th Round Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Blackburn Rovers at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The match is part of Sky Sports’ first Monday Night Football of the season, with coverage getting underway at 7pm (BST). Kickoff is at 8pm.

Chris Williams is in charge of This is Anfield’s matchday live blog, with all the buildup before the game and minute-by-minute updates during it.

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