PREVIEW: Palace V Liverpool

The Reds travel to Selhurst Park on Monday evening as Klopp's side look to get the better of Roy Hodgson's men. In a game that some are calling an easy three points for Liverpool it's important to remember that Palace have tended to get the better of us in recent seasons and Hodgson is capable of grinding out a result.

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The last time the two sides met was in March this year, Salah and Mane both scored in the second half to secure victory for the Reds who were 1-0 down initially. The last match at Anfield came in August last year with Sadio again on the scoresheet, this time in a 1-0 win for the Reds.

In their last ten trips to Selhurst Park in all competitions, Liverpool have picked up four wins, they have drawn on two occasions and lost four times. 

Injuries for Liverpool mean they are unable to call upon Dejan Lovren who remains out with a pelvic issue he was carrying during the World Cup. Joel Matip is expected to return to the bench. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, have a full strength team at their disposal.

Zaha is clearly a man to watch out for in this fixture and he will certainly be looking to punish Jurgen Klopp's back four. Despite this, Liverpool on paper should have enough in their tank to collect all three points on Monday.

A slightly weakened defence may play into Palace's hands but the London side will also have to deal with the likes of Salah, Mane, Firmino and new introduction Keita, keeping them out if they want to gain anything from this game.

Palace will aim to nullify Liverpool, decreasing the amount of space and attempting to play in a compact fashion. Last season and the season before I would have been sat here typing that the Reds can't compete against that type of set up, that our side finds it hard to break teams down. However we have strengthened once again in the transfer window and I honestly feel that some of the issues we had last season may start to melt away with the introduction of players like Keita who are consistently looking to break through and providing a cutting edge pass.

Stat Sandwich*

  • Like your Monday night football? This will be Liverpool's 73rd Monday night game in the Premier League, more than any other side.
  • Crystal Palace have never won their opening home game of a Premier League season.
  • All five of the Reds' league defeats came away from Anfield last season.
It will definitely make for a good match tomorrow but I do think the Reds will come out on top. As I write this brief preview Manchester United are 3-1 down against Brighton (they'll probably find a way back) and Manchester City smashed Huddersfield 6-1 earlier so Klopp could do with keeping the momentum going.

Enjoy the match folks, wherever you are watching!

*All stats taken from BBC Sport.