Table toppers Liverpool host Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace on Wednesday night as they look to secure three more points in their quest to be crowned Premier League champions. If the Reds are successful they will have the chance to secure the title at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City. LFC Transfer Room writer Tommy Lister (@TLister77) takes a quick look at the Eagles as the Reds set to take on them this Wednesday.
An empty Goodison Park was the venue for Liverpool’s first return to action after three months without a competitive fixture. There was much to be desired after a lackluster attacking display saw the Reds slump to a third consecutive goalless draw in as many years at the home of their local rivals. The stalemate put a dampener on Liverpool’s inevitable title celebrations, ruling out any (socially distanced) parties on Wednesday against Palace, as Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in need of five more points to end their 30 year wait for the title.
The Eagles got off to a soaring restart, comfortably winning 2-0 against Bournemouth on the South Coast. Palace appear to have picked up where they left off, maintaining previous momentum and picking up a fourth consecutive victory, alongside four impressive clean sheets.
Hodgson’s side are one of the league’s surprise packages, sitting in 9th, just four points off a potential Champions League spot if Manchester City’s prospective European ban is not upheld.
Famed for the iconic ‘Crystanbul’ 3-3, this fixture is often highlighted as a potential cracker, but recent years have shown Liverpool dominate the results. Firmino’s late winner at Selhurst Park in the reverse fixture was the Red’s fifth consecutive victory over Palace, but Crystal Palace hold the impressive achievement to be the last side to win away at Anfield since 2017.
Crystal Palace could potentially feel the absence of their missing trio which includes former Red Martin Kelly as well as Jeffrey Schlupp and James Tomkins.
Mohamed Salah is expected to start after recovering from an injury which left him bench-ridden in the previous game.
Andy Robertson is also understood to be fit and ready to return to action for the champions elect.
Having been the stand-out performer against Everton, Naby Keita will be the midfield man Liverpool fans will hope starts again, with midfield spots the most rife with competition in Klopp’s squad.
Predicted Score and Line-Up
I don’t think this one will be as easy as the table suggests, but I expect the world champions to edge a tight affair and become narrow victors.
Predicted Result: Liverpool 2-1 Crystal Palace.
Predicted line-up: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Keita, Salah, Firmino and Mane.
Edited By: Daniel I.