The Reds need three points to book their place in next season’s Champions League, and will be buoyed by the force of 10,000 fans back at Anfield for the first time since December.
Having already put Palace to the sword with a 7-0 victory earlier in the campaign, Liverpool can hope to make it a miserable final game in charge for Roy Hodgson.
On a run of four wins in a row, make it five and the Reds should have banked a major windfall and secured their place at Europe’s top table for 2021/22.
So how does Klopp deploy his side against Palace?
Not more centre-back concerns?!
There were no clues in Klopp’s pre-match press conference, but Liverpool‘s training session at Kirkby on Friday sparked concerns over two possible absences.
The hope is that they were working elsewhere, perhaps as part of their post-Burnley recovery, and that Klopp won’t be patching together yet another new pairing at the back.
James Milner was involved again after returning to the bench at Turf Moor, and it could be that the vice-captain is central to Klopp’s biggest decision for the season-closer.
Liverpool’s XI vs. Crystal Palace
It may be a big if, given the worries at Kirkby, but if Phillips and Williams are passed fit there will be few changes under consideration, if any.
Given the trip to Turf Moor was only four days previous, however, Klopp could shuffle his pack, with a number of squad options to mull over if he is to freshen up his side.
- If Phillips and Williams are out, Fabinho and Koumetio at centre-back
- Jones and Milner options to replace Wijnaldum in midfield
- Possibility of shifting to a 4-2-3-1 with Oxlade-Chamberlain joining attack
In all likelihood, if Phillips and Williams are fit, they will start, and the only change could come in midfield, with Milner certainly an option to replace Wijnaldum.
With it being the final game of the campaign, Klopp can finally plan for a fixture without one eye on any others – so consistency can be expected at Anfield, and hopefully it will pay off.