Liverpool host Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday evening in Premier League fixture. At the start of the season, Jurgen Klopp would have expected his Liverpool team to be fighting for the title on the last day of the Premier League. However, circumstances have been such that instead, they had to fight tooth and nail for a place in the top four. Their destiny is largely in their own hands now.
They will also need favours from Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa as well. If both of these teams win their games against Leicester City and Chelsea respectively, Liverpool will qualify for Champions League regardless of the result in this game. However, if they drop points, they will be in serious danger of missing out on a top-four finish.
As for Palace, they should have some fighting spirit in this game. It will Roy Hodgson’s last game in charge of the team. The Eagles would want to give their boss a nice farewell in his final game. Also, they must be seeking revenge against the Reds for the 0-7 humiliation earlier in the season. Perhaps if they ruin their top-four finish plans it might bring some redemption.
Analysis: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Jurgen Klopp will welcome a limited number of Liverpool fans at Anfield. This season the Reds have badly missed the fans’ support and atmosphere at Anfield. There should hardly be any surprises as to how the games proceeds.
The home side will try to dominate the game with possession. While Crystal Palace will sit back and defend in big numbers. The Reds will try to use their fullbacks to swing in crosses inside the box and create chances for the team. The switch of play from one end to the other will be crucial to create spaces on the pitch.
The Eagles will try to hit them on counterattacks and make life uncomfortable for the home side. Despite Liverpool’s recent good form, they have been very vulnerable at the back. It is something that could hurt them if they conceded an early goal in this game.
When and Where?
Liverpool will host Crystal Palace at Anfield in the Premier League on 23.05.2021 at 8:30 PM (IST)
Team News and Injury Update
Diogo Jota, Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Ozan Kabak, and Joel Matip are all out injured for the game. Apart from that, there are no other injury concerns for Klopp.
Predicted Line Up: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, R. Williams, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Roy Hodgson has a selection headache ahead of the game. Eberechi Eze, Mamadou Sakho, Nathan Ferguson, James McArthur, and Conor Wickham all have been ruled out for the game. Luka Milivojević is also doubtful for the game. While Scott Dann and Tyrick Mitchell are also carrying minor knocks.
Predicted Line Up: Guaita; Ward, Tomkins, Cahill, Van Aanholt; McCarthy, Kouyate, Schlupp; Townsend, Benteke, Zaha.
Head to Head stats: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
The Reds have won their previous seven games against the Eagles. While the away side has lost their previous nine games at Anfield. For the last four seasons, Jurgen Klopp’s side have won on the final day of the season.
Total: 57, Liverpool: 32, Crystal Palace: 11, Draw: 14
Defensively the Reds have struggled a lot this season. If they concede goals in this one it will be difficult for them to achieve a top-four finish. Considering their defensive record this season they are likely to concede some in this game. Allison will have to be at his best so that they don’t concede two or more goals.
The Ivorian is aware of Alexander-Arnold’s defensive vulnerability. He can easily cause problems running into that left channel. While Benteke can use his experience against the Reds’ inexperienced backline. He can hold the ball well and Zaha can make runs in behind them. For Palace to score a goal he will be the key player.
12th Man Opinion: Liverpool 2 vs Crystal Palace 1
The Reds should have enough to get them over the line in this one. Palace don’t really have much to lose in this game as well.