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July 8 2020 5.38am

Palace v Liverpool

Selhurst Park, Saturday 3.00pm

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson

Team news

Palace manager Roy Hodgson has no injury worries and will select from a full squad when he faces his former club. Joel Ward (groin) and Wilfried Zaha (foot) have recovered from minor injuries they suffered against Chelsea last time out. Mamadou Sakho and Connor Wickham are also fit.

Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson (both ankle) are doubts, while Joel Matip is still missing with a knee problem. Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) could return and Joe Gomez is fit after recovering from a small knee issue.


Roy Hodgson

"There are a lot of things that are key to stopping them [Liverpool]. First of all, we’ve got to make certain that we restrict the space their front three players are so good at using and so good at finding. We’ve got to defend well in the wide areas because in the wide areas they’ve got good combinations and fullbacks who are very attack-minded.

"We’ve got to make certain that our defending in and around the penalty box is very good because we know that, when chances come their way, they’ve got the ability and technique and talent to take those chances.

"Then, of course, we’ve got to be aware of the fact that they’re a very energetic team. They have a very high, pressing culture that when the ball is lost, all the players close to the ball work very, very hard to win it back.

"We’ve got to be aware of that to make certain that we have enough composure to free ourselves from that pressure, and to ask questions of our own when we can get the ball behind their backline. That’s potted!"

Jurgen Klopp

"It's a special place to go, 100 per cent, and they have the quality. They had not the most spectacular transfer window maybe in the summer, but working longer together and knowing more about each other can improve squads as well, especially with such an experienced manager like Roy is. That works really well.

"They had a really good start in the season but with the opponents they had it was not that clear like somebody would imagine. They made it tough for everyone.

"I saw the Leicester game, the full 90 minutes, and from other games I saw summaries. They are now working longer together, you can see the patterns are more obvious - how they defend, how they counter. That makes it difficult anyway.

"Nobody expects from Crystal Palace, even in a home game, that they will have 70, 80 per cent possession against us. So they enjoy defending compact and then know that they are a proper threat in the counter-attack. That makes it really tough with the quality they have."

Liverpool - league stats

Position Played Won Drawn Lost Points
1st 12 11 1 0 34

Full league table

Last five results

Date Type Home Team Score Away Team  
19/01/2019 League Liverpool 4 - 3 Crystal Palace loss
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

All time results

Last meeting

Liverpool 4-3 Palace

Saturday January 19 2019

Liverpool: Alisson, van Dijk, Milner, Robertson, Matip, Fabinho (Lallana, 87), Keita (Shaqiri, 71), Firmino, Mane, Henderson, Salah (Camacho, 90)

Subs not used: Sturridge, Moreno, Mignolet, Origi

Goals: Salah (46, 75), Firmino (53), Mane (90)

Bookings: Milner

Sent off: Milner (89)

Palace: Speroni, van Aanholt, Tomkins, Sakho, Wan-Bissaka, Milivojevic, Kouyate (Schlupp, 75), Townsend, Zaha, McArthur (Meyer, 81), Ayew (Wickham, 81)

Subs not used: Dann, Benteke, Kelly, Tupper

Goals: Townsend (34), Tomkins (65), Meyer (90)

Bookings: Ayew

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