Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Could 23, 2021 Match Preview and Stats
Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield on Sunday afternoon to secure their place in next season’s Champions League.
Jürgen Klopp’s men are currently in fourth place in the Premier League, level on points with Leicester in eleventh place, but with a slightly superior goal difference compared to the Füchsen.
A convincing win for the Reds would cement their spot in the top 4 and see them return to the elite European cup competition in 2021/22, although this is unlikely to be an easy task.
Palace boss Roy Hodgson is leaving the Eagles after the current season ends and the former Liverpool manager will want to go out in style which means this should be a fascinating encounter.
The 19-time English champions had a hot season. A string of end-of-season injuries to key players such as Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson have seriously hampered their progress, so making it to the Champions League would be a huge achievement.
Klopp will again have to do without several first-team stars for the decisive duel this weekend, but goalkeeper Alisson Becker will take his usual place between the sticks again.
In front of the Brazilian shot stopper, there should be a foursome that has served Liverpool so well in recent weeks.
A center-back partnership between Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams may be one of the most unconventional in the top division. However, the pair have shown notable improvements lately and are expected to perform on Sunday.
The dependable full-back duo of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will flank the young players, and the extraordinary Fabinho will offer protection from his role as a midfielder.
Both sides of South America are likely to be Thiago and Gini Wijnaldum. Thiago has started to show off his world class quality with the added insurance of Fabinho right behind him, while Wijnaldum could play his last game in a Liverpool shirt while speculating about a summer move to Barcelona.
In attack it will be the usual famous front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, with Diogo Jota having a big injury doubt. It’s been a tough campaign for Mane and Firmino, but when they find the goals to secure Liverpool’s top 4 status, all will be forgotten.