Liverpool expected 4-2-3-1 v Crystal Palace: Quartet return and striker axed
PREVIEW By Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp is expected to ring the changes once again when Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday in the Premier League.
With a titanic Europa League first-leg clash against Manchester United on the horizon, Klopp will be mindful of the need to key his players fresh.
The German rested big names Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool’s 3-0 win against Manchester City on Wednesday night, but confirmed at his media briefing on Friday they are in contention to return against the Eagles.
That could spell bad news for Divock Origi who might well lose his place in the starting eleven after getting the nod to replace Sturridge against City.
Origi’s mobility stretched the City backline at Anfield and he also provided a focal point for the attack but Sturridge’s class is likely to see the Englishman getting the nod.
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Liverpool have managed two successive league wins for the first time since December and will be aiming for three on the spin for the first time this season to keep their distant hopes of a top-four finish alive.
The Reds were ruthless against City on Wednesday, with goalscorers Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino particularly impressing.
Lallana took Coutinho’s spot in the line-up in midweek, but Klopp may feel the Englishman produced his best performance in a Liverpool jersey and is likely to retain his spot in the side.
Jordan Henderson or one of the other midfield regulars could be axed to accommodate the return of Coutinho.
At the other end of the pitch, Mamadou Sakho has been pronounced fit to return, and is likely to take the place of veteran Kolo Toure in the starting X1.
Alberto Moreno was dropped by Klopp in favour of Jon Flanagan against City but the Academy graduate will be gradually introduced back to senior football after his injury horrors and is likely to be saved for the United clash next Thursday.
Liverpool (possible): Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Can, Henderson; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Sturridge