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Liverpool will return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Crystal Palace away from home at 12:30.
The Reds returned to the top of the table on Wednesday night thanks to a 2-1 win against former leader Tottenham Hotspur, so they will be full of confidence before their trip to Selhurst Park.
Despite the impressive performance against José Mourinho’s team, it has been suggested by Liverpool Echo writer Ian Doyle that manager Jurgen Klopp is likely to make changes to his starting eleven to face the Eagles, perhaps as he tries to deal with the busy Christmas game roster.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Klopp to line up his side against Palace, with three changes from the side that beat Spurs …
Despite Rhys Williams’ excellent Premier League debut on Wednesday night, Palace will provide a different kind of threat on Saturday, so Klopp could be better served to restore Nathaniel Phillips to his starting eleven for the trip to Selhurst. Park, to ensure your young center- subsequent options remain fresh.
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Trent Alexander-Arnold will surely be key in the battle against Palace’s dangerous man Wilfried Zaha, although the Reds’ defense will not have to deal with the aerial threat from Christian Benteke after he was sent off in their midweek draw with West Ham.
There’s a change in midfield when Curtis Jones is rested, with Naby Keita replacing him in the starting lineup. Jones was perhaps the best player on the court against the Spurs, but he is only 19 years old and will need to rest from time to time, while Keita needs to recover after returning as a substitute midweek.
Earlier this year, the Guinean was highly praised by teammate Virgil van Dijk, with the Dutch international saying:
“Naby is a fantastic guy, he works very hard and he is an exceptional soccer player. We see it week after week. Unfortunately he has been unlucky with some injuries, but hopefully he can stay in top shape for the next season.
“I think it’s world class if I’m absolutely honest. I see all the moments when he has the ball, the smart moves, the smart intelligence. It’s amazing to see him and I’m so happy for him. “
Hopefully, if the former RB Leipzig player gets off to a start against Palace, he can make up for Van Dijk’s faith in him.
Finally, there is a change in attack as Mohamed Salah is replaced by Xherdan Shaqiri, and the Swiss international missed the last few matches, but we think Klopp could come as a surprise by selecting the former Stoke City player from the start against Palace , giving Salah an advantage. well deserved rest.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino hold their place, although the Reds will want to be in a position where they feel comfortable and can give those two a break, so they aren’t overloaded during the next weeks of action.
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