Liverpool vs Crystal Palace: Keita starts, Milner in defence

first_imgLiverpool 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.   Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Liverpool vs Crystal Palace Date Saturday, January 19 Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live on NBCSN or livestreamed on NBC Sport Live. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN NBC Sports Live In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be televised or livestreamed due to the 3pm Saturday blackout law. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara Defenders Clyne, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Robertson, Matip Midfielders Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson, Lallana, Camacho, Jones, Shaqiri Forwards Mane, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge, Origi 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 means James Milner returns to right-back at Anfield, while Joel Matip has recovered from a broken collarbone to partner Virgil van Dijk at centre-back, despite Fabinho’s impressive performance against Brighton.The ex-Monaco man returns to midfield, where he partners Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita, who makes his first start since December as Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana both miss out with minor knocks.Confirmed Liverpool XI: Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Mane, Salah, Firmino.Bench: Mignolet, Sturridge, Moreno, Lallana, Shaqiri, Origi, Camacho. Position Crystal Palace players Goalkeepers Hennessey, Guaita, Speroni Defenders Sakho, Tomkins, Reidewald, Dann, van Aanholt, Souare, Wan-Bissaka, Ward, Kelly Midfielders Millvojevic, Kouyate, McArthur, Schlupp, Meyer, Kaikai, Townsend Forwards Zaha, Benteke, Ayew, Wickham Palace’s two first-choice keepers, Vicente Guaita and Wayne Hennessey, both picked up injuries against Watford last weekend.As neither are fit, Julian Speroni takes his place in goal in the only change to the Palace starting XI.Christian Benteke, meanwhile, is on the bench could feature against his old club after returning from injury against the Hornets. Confirmed Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, Van Aanholt;  Milivojevic, Kouyate, McArthur; Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.Bench: Tupper, Kelly, Dann, Schlupp, Meyer, Wickham, Benteke.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are unsurprisingly heavy favourites at 1/6 with bet 365. Meanwhile, a draw is rated at 13/2 while Palace are 12/1 to pull off an upset.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2018-19Liverpool will be looking to lay down a marker when they take on Palace nearly 24 hours ahead of City’s clash with Huddersfield.The Reds recovered from back-to-back defeats – having lost to City and then been knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves – by beating Brighton  in what Klopp admitted was a difficult game.Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “It was a really mature performance from my side. This season that is a new skill and we have to keep that.”The second half was much better. We learned from the first half. So I like the performance.”It’s not an opera of football but it’s still a really nice song.”The Liverpool boss insisted the Reds’ cannot rest on their laurels though and wants his team to stay focussed despite their lead at the top.”It means nothing,” he added. “We take all the points we can. We have 57 now – that’s the situation and that’s cool.”Palace will hope to stall that lead, and Roy Hodgson’s side could be a tough test for the league leaders.The Croydon-based club are still in a precarious position, just four points above the drop zone, and need to bounce back after a 2-1 home defeat to Watford in their last game.Hodgson’s men have been compact and hard to break down this term, having only conceded 28 times in 22 Premier League games, and Wilfred Zaha and Andros Townsend provide considerable pace in attack.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more