LIVE: Liverpool v Crystal Palace | English Premier League | JAN 19th 2019
TIME: 17:00 Cairo local time (GMT+2) | 10:00 ET CANADA-USA
Venue: Anfield (Liverpool)
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Jurgen Klopp’s side return to Anfield for the first time since their 2-1 defeat at the Etihad on January 3, and are missing three key defenders. Liverpool will aim to stretch further ahead of Manchester City in the Premier League title race when they take on Crystal Palace at home on Saturday.
City do not play until Sunday when they travel to Huddersfield Town, so Liverpool can reclaim their seven-point lead at the top until then at least.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were not at their fluent best against Brighton last time out, only beating the Seagulls 1-0 at the Amex Stadium thanks to a second-half penalty from Mohamed Salah.
Jurgen Klopp’s defensive headache received a fresh blow last week with the news that Trent Alexander-Arnold will be ruled out for up to four weeks with a knee injury.
The right-back joins Dejan Lovren (hamstring) and Joe Gomez (leg) in the treatment room.
That could mean James Milner returns to right-back at Anfield, while Joel Matip could return from a broken collarbone despite Fabinho’s impressive performance at centre-back against Brighton.
In midfield, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana could miss out with minor knocks.
Possible Liverpool XI: Alisson; Milner, Van Dijk, Matip, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Shaqiri; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Palace’s two first-choice keepers, Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey, both picked up injuries against Watford last weekend and will be assessed ahead of the trip to Anfield.
If neither are fit, 39-year-old Julian Speroni could get a run out in goal.
Christian Benteke could feature against his old club after returning from injury against the Hornets.
Possible Crystal Palace XI: Speroni; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, van Aanholt; Kouyate, Millvojevic, McArthur; Townsend, Ayew, Zaha.