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19 July 2017 Venue Hong Kong Stadium Attendance 39,273 Referee Bobby Madley

Kick off 13:30 (UK)

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3-4-3
  • 13
    Wayne Hennessey
    GK
  • 2
    Joel Ward
    DF
  • 6
    Scott Dann
    DF
  • 27
    Damien Delaney
    DF
  • 10
    Andros Townsend
    MF
  • 31
    Jeffrey Schlupp
    MF
  • 4
    Luka Milivojevic
    MF
  • 42
    Jason Puncheon (C)
    MF
  • 11
    Wilfried Zaha
    FW
  • 17
    Christian Benteke
    FW
  • 24
    Keshi Anderson
    FW

Substitutes

  • 1
    Julian Speroni
    SUB
  • 3
    Patrick van Aanholt
    SUB
  • 8
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek
    SUB
  • 26
    Bakary Sako
    SUB
  • 34
    Martin Kelly
    SUB
  • 36
    Freddie Ladapo
    SUB
  • 44
    Nya Kirby
    SUB
  • 45
    Michael Phillips
    SUB
  • 46
    Aaron Wan-Bissaka
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Frank de Boer

4-2-3-1
  • 22
    Simon Mignolet
    GK
  • 66
    Trent Alexander-Arnold
    DF
  • 32
    Joel Matip
    DF
  • 12
    Joe Gomez
    DF
  • 18
    Alberto Moreno
    DF
  • 14
    Jordan Henderson (C)
    MF
  • 20
    Adam Lallana
    MF
  • 58
    Ben Woodman
    MF
  • 11
    Mohamed Salah
    MF
  • 9
    Roberto Firmino
    MF
  • 15
    Daniel Sturridge
    FW

Substitutes

  • 1
    Loris Karius
    SUB
  • 5
    Georginio Wijnaldum
    SUB
  • 6
    Dejan Lovren
    SUB
  • 7
    James Milner
    SUB
  • 10
    Philippe Coutinho
    SUB
  • 16
    Marko Grujic
    SUB
  • 17
    Ragnar Klavan
    SUB
  • 27
    Divock Origi
    SUB
  • 28
    Dominic Solanke
    SUB
  • 38
    John Flanagan
    SUB
  • 40
    Ryan Kent
    SUB
  • 52
    Danny Ward
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Jurgen Klopp

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Match Previews

Asia Trophy Preview: Liverpool v Crystal Palace

18 July 2017

Palace get their Premier League Asia Trophy campaign up and running tomorrow when they take on Liverpool in the Hong Kong Stadium in a 8.30pm kick-off HK time, or 1.30pm back in the UK.

The game will provide Frank de Boer with his first real chance to see his first-team players in match action, having overseen a youthful Eagles team beat Maidstone United 3-1 on Saturday. A 25-man squad has made the near 6,000 mile trip to the Far East, where they will take on the Reds with the winners moving into the final to face the victors of the Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion semi-final which takes place immediately before Palace’s game.

With the two sides due to lock horns in Premier League action at Anfield in exactly a month’s time, it will provide De Boer with useful insight into Jurgen Klopp’s side as well as handing his players an opportunity to be in contention for a starting berth when the season gets going.

Reds’ preparations well underway

Having secured qualification for the UEFA Champions League next season, the Reds have a hectic pre-season schedule which will see them take in games in Hong Kong, Germany and Ireland. Before jetting off for the Asia Cup, they beat Tranmere Rovers last Wednesday 4-0 thanks to goals from James Milner, Marko Grujić, Pedro Chirivella and Ben Woodburn. Two days later, they took on Wigan Athletic and drew 1-1.

Meanwhile, Klopp has been able to strengthen his squad by bringing in two new faces. Mohamed Salah completed a £37 million move from Roma at the start of the month, with the Egyptian international striker returning to England having previously featuring for Chelsea and netted on hos debut against the Latics. Another former Blue has also pitched up at Anfield in the form of Dominic Solanke, who made the switch to the Reds after his contract at Stamford Bridge expired.

Opposition view

Jurgen Klopp: “The Premier League gave us a nice challenge that we can only involve 25 players, so if you take three goalkeepers then you can only have 22 [outfielders] in the squad for this tournament. That’s quite difficult.

“If I would be poker player, I would say maybe we should not show all our cards. But it’s the same probably for Crystal Palace with their new manager with Frank de Boer. It’s not about hiding things; we cannot hide anything anymore so it’s about playing. You have to use these games like the most intense training session you could ever plan, because that’s what we want."

Team news

Not included in De Boer’s squad are the likes of Connor Wickham, James McArthur, Pape Souare, Chung-yong Lee and Sullay Kaikai who are all injured. However, new singing Ruben Loftus-Cheek could make his first Eagles appearance in this game, while youngsters Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Nya Kirby could also make their maiden first-team bows.

Sadio Mane has been left on Merseyside as the winger continues to recover from a knee injury that saw him miss the final month of last season, as has Mamadou Sakho. Emre Can has been given more time off after playing for Germany in the Confederations Cup, while Danny Ings and Harry Wilson are also injured.

Watch out for

The two new faces in the Reds squad could pose some of the biggest threats to the Eagles over the course of the 90 minutes. Salah made just six Premier League starts during his two years with Chelsea, and was farmed out on loan to Fiorentina for the second half of the 2014/15 campaign where he impressed. He has been on loan at Roma for the past two campaigns and netted 34 goals in 43 games in the Italian capital, helping them to second spot in Serie A last season.

Solanke meanwhile was named the Player of the Tournament during England under-20s’ successful U20 World Cup success during the summer. The attacker, who agreed to join Liverpool before the tournament kicked off, scored four times including twice in the semi-final success over Italy, having made just a solitary appearance in his Chelsea career.

Last time we met

It was just 86 days ago that Christian Benteke came back to haunt his former club as Palace beat the Reds 2-1 at Anfield to claim their third successive win at the venue. Philippe Coutinho had given the home side the lead with a fine free-kick after 24 minutes, however Benteke would level with three minutes of the first half remaining, before heading his team ahead on 74 minutes to help Palace take a massive step towards Premier League safety.

Tickets, travel and coverage

All tickets for both days of the Premier League Asia Trophy are sold out.

All four games will take place at the Hong Kong Stadium, which is based at 55 Eastern Hospital Road, So Kon Po, Causeway Bay.

The nearest train station is Causeway Bay, Exit F (Hong Kong Line), which is a 15-minute walk away. It also served by Citybus number 5, KMB number 678 and number 936.

British supporters can watch the game live on Sky Sports, with highlights uploaded to Palace TV around four hours after the game’s conclusion. You can also follow the game live by following us on Twitter.

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Match Reports

Report: Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace

19 July 2017

Palace saw their first game of their Premier League Asia Trophy campaign end in defeat as goals from Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi sent Liverpool into the final at the Eagles’ expense.

Frank de Boer’s men impressed during the first 45 minutes and could have taken the lead but Keshi Anderson saw a good chance saved, but with Palace looking to get more match action into their players than their opponents, the fresher legs made their mark in the second half as the Reds netted twice to claim the victory.

The result means that Palace will take on West Bromwich Albion in the third/fourth place play-off on the weekend after the Baggies lost on penalties to Leicester City.

Playing with a 3-4-3 shape, De Boer’s men began well and looked sharp in the opening 10 minutes, but they needed Scott Dann’s vital block to deflect wide a Daniel Sturridge attempt in the box after Trent Alexander-Arnold had centred.

The Reds – although clad in luminous orange – nearly netted a fine opener on 16 minutes when Jordan Henderson clipped a pass into Sturridge, who deftly back-heeded it into the path of the onrushing Adam Lallana but the England midfielder shanked high and wide, and just before the scheduled drinks break due to the warm, humid conditions in Hong Kong, new man Mohamed Salah bent a shot over as Jurgen Klopp’s team continued to probe.

But it would be Simon Mignolet who dirtied his gloves first on 24 minutes when Anderson found Andros Townsend – playing in a right-wing back role – and he threaded the ball back into the striker to take aim, however the Reds stopper was equal to his low effort and a good chance for the Eagles slipped away.

Another opportunity though would quickly arrive but Luka Milivojevic curled a free-kick over the crossbar, but boosted by those attacks De Boer’s side would gain confidence and began to enjoy more of the possession. But the final word of the half would go to their opponents as their attacking talents came to the fore again when Sturridge drifted inside from the left and hit a skidding shot along the greasy surface, but Wayne Hennessey did well to use his 6’7’’ frame to his advantage and palm the ball away from his bottom corner and keep the scoreline goalless at the break.

Liverpool switched all their outfield players within the first five minutes of the restart, but one of their introductions was Philippe Coutinho and he had the half’s first crack on 53 minutes but saw it flash well over Hennessey’s bar, but on the hour mark the deadlock was eventually broken. James Milner fed Origi who played a nice little flick into the path of Solanke, and the new recruit got the ball under control before arrowing a shot into the bottom corner of the net to hand the advantage to the Reds.

With De Boer resisting the opportunity to make vast changes himself, the Eagles inevitably tired as the half went on against the fresh legs and Marko Grujic was next to test his luck but his drive from range was off target, but with 11 minutes to play Liverpool sealed their place in the final by adding a second goal.

Milner found himself edging towards the penalty area and picked out Coutinho who was advancing from midfield. The Brazilian saw his initial shot blocked and then ricochet into the path of Origi, who had the simple task of slotting the ball past Hennessey from a few yards out.

The Palace custodian managed to pull off one final save late on when youngster Ryan Kent took aim from range but the Welshman pushed it around the post, but the result meant that the Baggies will be next up for the Eagles on Saturday.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Dann (Kelly 77), Delaney, Townsend (Wan-Bissaka 59), Milivojevic (Loftus-Cheek 77), Puncheon (Kirby 77), Schlupp (Van Aanholt 59), Zaha (Phillips 77), Benteke (Ladapo 72), Anderson (Sako 65). Sub not used: Speroni.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold (Flanagan 46), Matip (Lovren 46), Gomez (Klavan 46), Moreno (Milner 46), Henderson (Kent 50), Lallana (Grujic 48), Woodburn (Wijnaldum 48), Salah (Solanke 50), Firmino (Coutinho), Sturridge (Origi 48). Sub not used: Karius, Ward.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Asia Trophy Fixtures Sold Out

3 June 2017

Tickets for both matchdays of the 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy have now sold out.

More than 50,000 tournament tickets went on general sale on 2nd June and the Premier League announced just 24 hours later that the stadium is already full to capacity for both matches.

Premier League Asia Trophy fixtures

Wednesday 19nd July
6pm Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion
8.30pm Liverpool v Crystal Palace

Saturday 22nd July
6pm Third-place play-off
8.30pm Final

*all kick-offs are local time

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