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Preview: Crystal Palace v Liverpool

20 August 2018

After both teams got their Premier League campaigns off to the perfect start on the opening weekend, Palace and Liverpool face off on Monday night looking to keep their 100% records intact.

The Eagles have never won their first two games of a Premier League campaign, but having tasted victory in their last three competitive games at Selhurst Park, Roy Hodgson’s team are looking to secure four home top-flight wins in a row for the first time since December 1990, when coincidently the fourth game also came against Liverpool.

Despite the tall task ahead of them, they will be aware that Klopp’s team haven’t won a league game on their travels since they last visited SE25 in March when Mohamed Salah popped up six minutes from time to deny the hosts a point.

Reinforced Reds aiming for title tilt

Mohamed Salah

Having suffered the disappointment of seeing a sixth UEFA Champions League title slip from their grasp against Real Madrid in May’s final, Jurgen Klopp is determined to lift his first piece of silverware on Merseyside this campaign.

The German oversaw a £155 million recruitment drive which brought in Alisson, Naby Keita, Fabinho and Xherdan Shaqiri to attempt to fix the Reds’ defensive and squad depth issues last term.

There were no problems with their strikeforce with Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane bagging 91 goals between them, with the Senegalese netting a brace in the opening day thrashing of West Ham United as he warms up for his favourite opponents tonight, whom he has netted against five times in seven appearances.

View from the opposition

 Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp: 

"Palace are a good team. No spectacular transfers – unless you count Zaha as one.

"Roy has calmed the whole situation down there in a difficult moment, used all his experience, and now they are playing football.

"It’s nice to see the development in a football club.

"In the end, we only go there to win the game. We have to make sure they cannot show their quality."

Team news

 Max Meyer

Palace: Roy Hodgson has no injury problems going into this game and has a fully fit squad to select his starting eleven from. He confirmed at his pre-match press conference that the two players who suffered knocks against Fulham have both recovered and are available for selection.    

Liverpool: Joel Matip could feature after recovering from his pre-season injury in the States, but Dejan Lovren will not feature. Oxlade-Chamberlain remains sidelined, but Fabinho and Shaqiri could be involved.

Matchday officials

 Michael Oliver

Having taken charge of Arsenal v Manchester City on the opening weekend, Michael Oliver is handed the task of refereeing this clash in south London.

The Northumberland-based whistler oversaw Palace four times last year, which brought defeats against Burnley and Arsenal and a draw at West Bromwich Albion before the Clarets were defeated 1-0 at Selhurst.

Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistant Refs: Simon Bennett and Scott Ledger
Fourth Official: Chris Kavanagh

Matchday stats

 Palace 3-3 Liverpool 2014

Palace have lost each of their last three home league games against Liverpool – it’s their longest losing home run against the Reds in league competition.

After a run of three defeats in a row against the Eagles, Liverpool have won four of the last five Premier League meetings.

In all competitions, both teams have scored in 11 of the last 12 meetings between Crystal Palace and Liverpool, with the exception being Liverpool’s 1-0 win at Anfield last term.

The last Premier League meeting on a Monday between these sides was back in May 2014 – Liverpool were leading 3-0 after 78 minutes before Palace came back to draw 3-3.

This will be Liverpool’s 73rd Premier League game played on a Monday, more than any other side in the competition (W33 D20 L19).

Palace are looking to secure four home top-flight wins in a row for the first time since December 1990 - the fourth game in this run also came against Liverpool.

Wilfried Zaha needs one more goal to become the Eagles’ all-time highest Premier League goalscorer (currently 23, level with Chris Armstrong).

Sadio Mané has scored five goals in his seven Premier League appearances against Palace, more than he has against any other side.

Christian Benteke has scored six goals in nine top-flight games against former club Liverpool, more than he has against any other current Premier League team.


  Palace wins Draws Liverpool wins
League 9 7 20
FA Cup 2 3 3
League Cup 3 1 3
Total 14 11 26

Matchday information


Tickets for this game are sold out.  Ticket holders are advised to arrive early due to enhanced security checks, and Season Ticket Holders must bring their card.  Fans are advised, as always, NOT to purchase tickets from touts or on online resale sites.

Find out more about the improvements to the matchday experience at Selhurst Park, and must-read information for match day attendees.

The Palace matchday programme has a new look and size, and packed with great new content. 

This can be purchased in the following ways:

  • At Selhurst Park at kiosks and in the club shop, priced £3.50.
  • For delivery straight to your door, click here.
  • For a digital version (for mobile or desktop reading) priced at £1.49 or £24.99 for the season.

Live coverage


If you can’t make it to Selhurst, then you can listen to the game live on our new Palace Audio service. Fans can buy a Season Pass for £39.99, a Monthly Pass (which auto-renews) at £4.49, or a 24-Hour Pass for a single matchday for £1.49 – more information.

There will also be updates on Twitter, and free highlights available on Palace TV and the official app from midnight on Tuesday.

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Match Reports

Report: Crystal Palace 0-2 Liverpool

20 August 2018

10-man Palace tasted defeat in their first home Premier League game of the campaign as Liverpool netted late in both halves to leave south London with all the points.

Roy Hodgson’s team held firm in the face of the rampant Reds’ strikeforce for almost the whole of the first half, but a controversial penalty award allowed James Milner to tuck home from 12 yards to completely change the completion of the game.

The Eagles then had Aaron Wan-Bissaka sent off for bringing down Mohamed Salah en-route to goal, but as they pressed to gain a last-gasp point against the odds, Sadio Mane finished off a swift counter-attack to net his customary goal against the side from SE25.

The opening 20 minutes saw Palace hold their own against the Reds, who enjoyed the majority of the play but couldn’t find a way to trouble Wayne Hennessey until Mane shouldercharged him in the air to illegally bundle the ball into the net.

However Jurgen Klopp’s team quickly showed their cutting edge when a wonderful raking pass by Naby Keita set Mohamed Salah racing towards the posts, aided by a majestic touch to bring the ball into his stride, but the revelation of last season lobbed it into the Holmesdale.

Then moments later, the Eagles nearly netted an early Goal of the Season contender from out of nowhere. Christian Benteke picked up a loose pass and found Andros Townsend towards the right who drifted inside, and the winger rifled a bullet of a shot goalwards which left Alisson grasping thin air but the ball cracked off the crossbar, with Wilfried Zaha’s follow-up blocked by an oblivious Trent Alexander-Arnold.

That would be Hodgson’s team’s only real threatening moment of the half, but they seemed destined to go in at the break deservedly level after Hennessey was equal to a Keita effort as the summer signing tried to beat the Welshman at his near post, but that was before controversy struck.

A minute before half-time, the ball found its way to Salah inside the area with Mamadou Sakho keeping tabs on him in close proximity. The Frenchman had a couple of clean stabs at the ball before the Egyptian went down in the box, and Michael Oliver pointed to the spot. It was a soft award, but Milner made no mistake from 12 yards to send the visitors in at the break ahead.

They nearly doubled it three minutes into the second half when Andrew Robertson surged down the left and fed a perfect pass across the box for Salah who managed to get around Hennessey but couldn’t tuck the chance away, instead teeing up Mane who spurned a good chance.

Despite that brief flurry, Palace were more creative in the second half and Milivojevic bent a free-kick goalwards that Alisson managed to parry at just the last moment, Patrick van Aanholt blasted over from the corner of the box and Zaha fired straight at Alisson as the hosts built up a head of steam.

However with 15 minutes to go, an uphill task became a mountain to climb. A deft pass by Roberto Firmino and another great touch by Salah allowed him race clear of the Eagles defence, but Wan-Bissaka did his best to catch him and prevent him making it 2-0, but his challenge clipped the attacker’s heels and he received Palace’s first red card since February 2016.

The resulting free-kick came to nothing which allowed Palace to remain in the game, but with the numerical advantage Reds sensed blood in the water and Hennessey was forced to save from Mane and Salah as Klopp’s team piled on the pressure, but there was a glimmer of a chance for the men in red and blue when debutant Max Meyer nearly managed to steer home a cross from the right but the ball evaded him by fractions as it whizzed across the area.

But in stoppage-time, once final push saw Palace win a corner which wasn’t capitalised on, and when faced with a two-on-two chance Salah slipped in Mane who rounded Hennessey to net his sixth goal in eight appearances against his favourite opponents, and sealed the win for the Merseysiders.

Palace: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt, Townsend (Ward 79), Milivojevic, McArthur, Schlupp (Meyer 83), Zaha, Benteke (Sørloth 70). Subs: Guaita, Kelly, Kouyaté, Ayew.

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Milner (Henderson 67), Wijnaldum, Keita (Lallana 87), Mane, Salah, Firmino (Sturridge 90). Subs: Mignolet, Moreno, Matip, Shaqiri.

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Ticket News

Ticket Update: Only Restricted View Seats Left For Liverpool

6 August 2018

The club now have only restricted view seats available for the first Premier League home game of the season on Monday 20th August, kick-off 8.00pm.

These last remaining few seats are available in various areas of the stadiium so please contact the box office to confirm those that can still be purchased. Please do not delay as we only have a limited number of seats to sell. 

Book online now or our Box Office can be contacted on 08712 00 00 71 (office hours) or to personal callers at Selhurst between 9am and 5.30pm. 

Our Premium Hospitality team do have some packages available within the Main Stand so please take a look below if you would still like to take the opportunity to enjoy the Liverpool match in style. 

Further details of our Premium packages right here. 

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