Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool head to Selhurst Park for the early Saturday kick-off, to face a Crystal Palace team who are struggling for results.
Klopp is less than happy with the scheduling of the match, with Liverpool having only played on Wednesday evening. It should be noted that Palace also played on Wednesday, but Liverpool will have played two away games in the space of 72 hours, whereas both of Palace's games have been at home.
Nopt surprisingly, with so many games coming so close together, almost every Premier League side is struggling with injuries, and Liverpool are no different, with two new players added to the injured list this week.
Check out our early team news below :
Joel Matip - Sadly Matip has ruptured his ACL, and will now miss the remainder of the season. It is a huge blow to both the player and Klopp, and casts a doubt over whether the veteran defender will play for the Reds again, with his contract expiring in the summer.
Alexis Mac Allister - Our Argentine midfielder suffered several knocks in the game against Sheffield United, and was forced off the field. Thankfully he was laughing and smiling at the end of the game, and later confirmed he had taken a kick to the ankle and needed stitches. Klopp may well rest Mac Allister tomorrow and play Endo in the holding role, with Gravenberch or Jones completing the midfield.
Alisson - Liverpool's no.1 posted a cryptic instagram post the other day, suggesting that he is already back in training, but with Klopp's faith in back-up keeper Kelleher, it is unlikely Alisson will be risked so soon.
Diogo Jota - The Portuguese striker suffered a hamstring injury against Man City last month, and it looked like he would be sidelined for several months. However, Jota is 'progressing well' in his rehab, and is now running outside. He is still not expected to be back in contention until after Christmas, but the news is more positive than expected.
Thiago - Spanish midfielder Thiago remains sidelined, with multiple hip and pelvic injuries. No further updates have been provided, so don't expect to see Thiago until the New Year at the earliest.
Andy Robertson - Our Scottish left-back is progressing well after an operation on his dislocated shoulder, though he is not expected back in action for several more months.
Stefan Bajcetic - The young Spanish midfielder is making progress on his return to full fitness, but Klopp will not want to rush his return and risk further setbacks.
Palace in a bad place....
Crystal Palace are in a poor run of form, having lost four out of the last six games, and have their own injury problems to deal with.
Veteran Manager Roy Hodgson will need to use all his experience to guide Palace through the Christmas Period, with the following players all likely to miss the Liverpoll game and more beyond :
Cheick Doucure - Calf/Shin/Heel injury
Jesurun Rak-Sakyi - Thigh injury
Rob Holding - Foot/Ankle injury
Dean Henderson - Thigh injury
Eberechi Eze - Ankle/Foot injury
Tyrick Mitchell - Groin/Hip/Pelvic injury
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