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December 15 2019 9.46pm

Liverpool v Palace

Anfield, Saturday 3.00pm

Julian Speroni

Julian Speroni

Team news

Palace keeper Julian Speroni is set to make his first appearance in between the posts since December 2017 due to the absence of Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey.

Guaita (calf) and Wayne Hennessey (thigh) suffered injuries sustained against Watford last weekend.

Striker Christian Benteke came off the bench against the Hornets to play for the first time since September and will probably be a sub again.

Left-back Pape Souare is still out with a dislocated shoulder sustained against Grimsby Town in the FA Cup.

Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold and midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could both appear despite going down with knee injuries at the weekend. Attacking midfielder Adam Lallana and defender Joel Matip are set for returns to the squad.


Roy Hodgson

"I can remember a couple of games at Liverpool when I've gone with other teams and done OK, but I couldn't give you my exact record as a visiting manager at Liverpool as I'm not aware what that is.

"But I've got to say my record as a visiting manager with various clubs never seems to have any real affect upon me in the present day. This is the current Liverpool team playing the current Crystal Palace team, injuries to both teams which will affect them to some extent, and of course form of both teams which will affect to some extent.

"So each game is a new game, I think those statistics are nothing more than filling up newspapers or air time and giving people something to talk about, but I don't get any feeling that because my last game at Liverpool was a successful one that this will be like that, we'll need to play for it."

Jurgen Klopp

"Crystal Palace are really strong. I have said it a couple of times, but I don’t know a lot of teams in Europe who have a front line with the quality of players like Townsend, Zaha, Benteke, Ayew or whoever else plays. It is really, really high quality.

"We can talk about the defence, with one of the most exciting right full-backs in England on the one side [Wan-Bissaka], a very experienced Dutch guy on the left side [Van Aanholt] and Sakho and Tomkins [in the middle]. Midfield, Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Meyer, whoever – it is a proper team.

"That’s what we have to know and respect. It is not important how we played them last year or two years ago.

"We won there [earlier in the season] and it was a difficult game. We know that and that’s what we prepare for. It is not important how we were last week, a year ago, half a year ago, a month ago – it is only important how we will be tomorrow. That’s all I am interested in and it will be really tough."

Andy Newton's stat pack

– Already played this season, Palace 0-2 Liverpool

– 2 of the last 3 repeat fixtures ended, Liverpool 1-2 C Palace

– Palace have won 3 of their last 4 away league games vs Liverpool

– Both teams have scored in 11 of the last 13 head-to-heads

– 11 of the last 13 head-to-heads went OVER 2.5 GOALS

– 1 DRAW in the last 16 head-to-heads

– 6 of the last 7 repeat league fixtures saw both teams score

– 6 of the last 7 repeat league fixtures went OVER 2.5 GOALS

– This season’s head-to-head had a RED CARD (Palace)

– Mane (Liverpool) has scored in all of the last 3 head-to-heads

– Palace have scored just 1 goal in the last 3 head-to-heads

For all the Premier League head-to-head stats, visit Juice Storm.

Liverpool - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1st 22 18 3 1 57

Full league table

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
20/08/2018 League Crystal Palace 0 - 2 Liverpool loss
31/03/2018 League Crystal Palace 1 - 2 Liverpool loss
19/08/2017 League Liverpool 1 - 0 Crystal Palace loss
23/04/2017 League Liverpool 1 - 2 Crystal Palace win
29/10/2016 League Crystal Palace 2 - 4 Liverpool loss

All time results

Last meeting

Palace 0-2 Liverpool

Monday August 20 2018

Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, van Aanholt, Sakho, Tomkins, McArthur, Schlupp (Meyer, 83), Townsend (Ward, 79), Milivojevic, Benteke (Sorloth, 70), Zaha

Subs not used: Guaita, Kelly, Ayew, Kouyate

Bookings: van Aanholt

Sent off: Wan-Bissaka (75)

Liverpool: Alisson, Alex-Arnold, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Milner (Henderson, 67), Keita (Lallana, 87), Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino (Sturridge, 89), Salah

Subs not used: Shaqiri, Mignolet, Matip, Perez

Goals: Milner (45, pen), Mane (90)

Bookings: Alexander-Arnold

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