Liverpool have a fairly extensive injury list at present, though for the most part it’s affecting squad players, as in terms of those in realistic contention for a first team spot, it’s only Ibrahima Konate at the back, Thiago in midfield and Diogo Jota up front.
Joel Matip will undoubtedly start alongside Virgil van Dijk at the back, while Darwin Nunez is likely to get his first start ahead of Roberto Firmino after good performances from the bench in the Community Shield and on the opening day, but Thiago is a big loss for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Still, the Reds should have plenty enough creativity to break the Eagles down. Palace aren’t a side that simply parks the bus these days under Patrick Vieira, even enjoying 56% of possession in their opener with Arsenal, as they managed 10 shots to Arsenal’s 11. They should really have registered a goal against the Gunners, with Odsonne Edouard and Eberechi Eze both squandering presentable opportunities.
Despite a more proactive approach, Palace actually vastly improved their defensive resolve, conceding 66 times in their final season under Roy Hodgson and just 46 last term. However, home form was certainly a factor as they conceded just 17 at Selhurst Park last term, compared to shipping 29 on their travels as they managed just three clean sheets away from home.
Anfield is of course a tough place to visit, with Liverpool unbeaten there last term as they won 15 out of 19. In fact, across the last 14 there, they’ve won 13 and scored at least twice on 11 occasions, and hit a minimum of three goals in eight of them.
Mo Salah To Score Anytime
Mo Salah has enjoyed himself when facing Palace, bagging seven goals and six assists in just eight clashes since returning to the Premier League with Liverpool. In fact, he’s only failed to score in one of his last five appearances against them, and got off the mark for the new season with the final equalizer against Fulham.
Darwin Nunez may have grabbed more of the headlines, but Salah remains the principal goal threat and appears to have already built up a good understanding with the Uruguayan.
Liverpool To Win And Over 2.5 Goals
Palace may have improved defensively, but they did concede a few goals when visiting the top six last season. A surprise win over Man City was achieved, as well as a 2-2 stalemate with Arsenal, but they lost the other four and even went down 3-0 to Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs.
Given they still struggle at the back against the top sides, plus offer more of a threat going forwards, this should be an entertaining clash, though it’s hard to look past Liverpool claiming all three points at Anfield.
The reds won all 10 home games with bottom-half sides last term and led at the break in seven of them, as they scored at least three times on six occasions.
MO SALAH TO SCORE ANYTIME
LIVERPOOL TO WIN AND OVER 2.5 GOALS
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