Liverpool will be wary of overconfidence when they search for their first Premier League victory at home to a bruised Crystal Palace side on Saturday.
19 August 2017
Kick-off: 16:00 local time
Referee: K. Friend
Assistants: A. Holmes, H. Lennard
Fourth official: M. Dean
TEAM MATCHES WIN DRAW LOSS
Liverpool 37 20 7 10
Crystal Palace 37 10 7 20
Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace – 13/05/17 (Premier League)
Liverpool goalscorers: D. Solanke (61′), D. Origi (79′)
Players to watch:
Mohamed Salah is a player that will excite fans this season, and having already opened his account for Liverpool while putting in some energetic performances for his new club, the former Chelsea player could well be the man to light up Anfield against a Palace side still reeling from their opening day defeat.
With Wilfred Zaha out injured, former Red Christian Benteke will need to step up if Palace are to stand a chance against Liverpool, although he denies that returning to Anfield will give him added motivation.
Team form and manager quotes:
Liverpool were stunned to kick off their season with a 3-3 draw away to Watford when it looked like they had done enough for the win. They, however, followed that up with a 2-1 victory over Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Palace got their season off to the worst possible start, with a 3-0 home defeat to newly-promoted Huddlesfield, after a mixed pre-season.
Ahead of the tie, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp told the club’s official website: “The only thing we know is it’s a tough game, probably both teams were not overly happy – we were not really disappointed about our first game, but it was how a first game can be, there are things to improve and it’s always like this, but even then we could’ve won which I think everybody knows.
“For Crystal Palace it was a little bit different, that’s how it is, but they are now coming to Anfield and I’m really looking forward to Anfield, it was a long time ago that we played there and that’s our place, that’s where we want to play, that’s where we want to be, especially after these two first games.”
Eagles boss Frank de Boer added on his club’s official website: “We did the usual thorough post-match analysis on the Huddersfield game and training has been really sharp this week and hopefully the negative influences of a 3-0 defeat have gone away.
“We now face Liverpool in what will be a very difficult game but we will try our best to get the best result possible and of course over the last three seasons this club have had very positive results there.”
Daniel Sturridge is fit again for Liverpool after he missed the start of the season with a thigh injury, but Philippe Coutinho has a back injury and Nathaniel Clyne has a hamstring injury, as Adam Lallana nurses a thigh concern.
For Palace, Wilfred Zaha (knee), Bakary Sako (muscle), Connor Wickham (knee) and Pape Souare (broken leg) are all sidelined.