LIVE: Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace | EPL

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15 August 2022


Paul Tierney (England)

After a disappointing opening week’s draw away to Fulham, Liverpool look to bounce back in their first game of the season at Anfield.

Liverpool won both meetings of these two sides last season, securing a 3-0 win at Anfield before a 3-1 victory on the road

Liverpool had been unbeaten in 37 of their previous 42 games, going on 4-game and 6-game winning streaks in the process. It’s also worth noting that they had a completely separate 11-match winning streak. Crystal Palace, on the other hand, had lost seven of their previous 13 overall matches and 6 of their previous 10 road trips.

Last season, Palace flirted with a top half finish under manager Patrick Vieira—and in fact they were a top half side based on the underlying statistics and expected goal difference—but they face a gauntlet to start this season, following up their opener against Arsenal and week two meeting with Liverpool with games against Aston Vill and Manchester City. It’s a stretch that could easily see Palace heading into September with, at best, a single victory.

Anything they get at Anfield might be considered a bonus, then—especially given that Palace will be without James McArthur, James Tomkins, Nathan Ferguson, and possibly Michael Olise. But then the same could have been said about Fulham heading into the opener, and if the Reds haven’t learned their lesson and take their week two opponents lightly another shock result could easily be on the cards.

Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Nunez, Diaz

Crystal Palace possible starting lineup:
Guaita; Clyne, Andersen, Guehi, Mitchell; Schlupp, Doucoure, Eze; Ayew, Mateta, Zaha

FT: Liverpool 1-1 Crystal Palace | EPL

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