Attacker set to start for Liverpool against Crystal Palace as Klopp rings changes
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge is set to return to the Liverpool starting line-up for Sunday’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, Football Insider sources understand.
The England international is expected to replace Divock Origi in the team for the lunchtime fixture at Selhurst Park.
Jurgen Klopp is likely to ring the changes once again as Liverpool keep half an eye on the titanic Europa League first-leg clash against Manchester United next Thursday.
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.
Adam 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.
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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.
Jordan Henderson or one of the other midfield regulars could be omitted 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. Martin Skrtel could also come into the reckoning after recovering from the hamstring injury that sidelined him for three months.
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, Milner; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Sturridge