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The Palace Preview: Liverpool

19 January 2019

Crystal Palace, typically seen as determined dark horses in an often unbalanced fixture, will face league-leaders Liverpool in one of their toughest tests of the season as they travel to Anfield on the back of some successful form over recent weeks.

The Eagles have recorded a handful of remarkable results against the Reds in recent times, winning four matches and drawing once from an eight-game run between 2014 and '17.

However, from their last three league fixtures, Palace have failed to take a point from Jurgen Klopp's men and will be looking to recover their form having notched up four wins and a draw from their previous seven clashes. 

Roy Hodgson's side will be bolstered facing such a strong opponent by their romping win over Manchester City earlier in December as well as Liverpool having lost two of their past three matches in all competitions.

One of these losses came at the hands of Pep Guardiola's City, who were the first team to defeat the Reds this season. On home turf, though, Klopp's side are unbeaten and will be looking to extend their gap on the last campaign's now second-placed champions by claiming a further three points for their tally.

Christian Benteke netted a brace less than two seasons ago in the last time the Eagles defeated Liverpool, his two goals ensuring that Palace won despite Phillipe Coutinho netting within 25 minutes.

The win meant that Palace had become the first side to win three consecutive away games against Liverpool since Chelsea in 2005 and saw them win six from eight matches, leading them to a 14th placed finish by the end of the season.

But this year, Liverpool have been playing in astonishing form and it's difficult to focus on one player amongst an exceptional squad. Virgil van Dijk, though, stands both physically and metaphorically head and shoulders above those around him and this season he has helped the Reds concede just 10 goals from 22 matches, less than a goal a game.

And with Palace having struggled at times going forward this season, breaking the watertight Liverpool backline will be a tough job. Boosting their chances of doing so, though, is the return of former Red Benteke, who played his first Premier League match since September against Watford last Saturday.

Benteke has scored five times as a visiting player on the Anfield turf and will be looking to mark his continued return in fashion as he travels north to Merseyside for the first time in this campaign.

Tactical overview

Liverpool have transformed into a side that has strength in all areas, and it's their defensive solidity which has perhaps stood out this season whilst their attacking prowess from the last campaign has remained.

They tend to press very high up the pitch when out of possession but focus on retaining the ball with patient, pressing build-up play when the ball sits at Red boots.

Going forward, there is immense firepower in the squad with attacking full-backs who can also support their assaults from defence. However, there are currently a whole host of injuries to the Liverpool roster and so Klopp may be forced into changing his overall approach.

Recently, his team have often lined-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, however it can switch to a more robust 4-4-2 when defending and often ruthless 4-3-3 when going forward with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane moving higher up the pitch. The depth in some areas, then, will allow Liverpool to cover their absent players enough to provide a stern test for the Eagles.

Your matchday stat and ref

In all competitions, none of the last 10 meetings between Liverpool and Crystal Palace have ended in a draw, with the Reds winning six and the Eagles winning the other four.

Refereeing this fixture will be Jonathan Moss, who will be assisted by Marc Perry and Andy Halliday with Andre Marriner as fourth official. Moss has handed out 55 yellow cards to Eagles players from just 26 games.

Team news

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that goalkeepers Wayne Hennessey and Vicente Guaita are both injured and that veteran shot-stopper Julian Speroni is most likely to start.

For Liverpool, there have been a whole host of injuries over recent days however Klopp appeared confident that the majority of those in the sick-bay will have a chance to play. Trent Alexander-Arnold, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum are all in contention, though the Reds will have to be cautious as they are only just recovering.

Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren remain absent.

Live coverage

This game will not be shown live on television in the United Kingdom, however Palace Audio will make full commentary available to fans for just £1.49. To find out more and purchase the best way to keep up-to-date with Palace's progress, click here now.

Fans watching in America can view this match via NBC Sports Live and NBCSN. 

If you live abroad elsewhere, you can find out where to watch the game with our Worldwide TV Listings now.

Alternatively, if following from outside the United Kingdom, why not check if there is an Official Supporters' Club meeting near you? You can find the nearest one here.

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Match Reports

Report: Liverpool 4 - 3 Palace

19 January 2019

Crystal Palace succumbed to narrow defeat on Merseyside, but the south London side gave the league leaders a serious run for their money in a high-tempo seven goal thriller at Anfield.

2,800 sets of eyes in the Anfield Road End were on club legend Julian Speroni, making his 404th start for the club. His early touches were assured, and in the seventh minute, the veteran shot-stopper sprang to life to thwart a great chance for the home side. James Milner’s elegant reverse pass on the edge of the box found Joel Matip who looked to clip the ball over Speroni, but the Argentinian blocked his shot away for a corner.

During the first 15 minutes, Liverpool enjoyed 75% possession, and pressure continue to mount on the Palace box. Roberto Firmino’s trickery found him space on the left-hand side, but his effort from the edge of the box sailed over Speroni’s left hand post. Moments later, a Milner corner found Sadio Mane whose header was smothered by Speroni.

In the 23rd minute, Aaron Wan-Bissaka was being crowded for space the halfway line but he silkily slipped past two oncoming red shirts before offloading to Luka Milivojevic, whose masterful chipped pass released Wilfried Zaha down the right flank. Zaha whipped in a dart of a cross that skimmed Jordan Ayew’s head and out of Alisson’s box, away from danger.

Wave after wave of attacks from the home side were met with typically stubborn and organised Palace defending, creating relatively little cause for concern. Wan-Bissaka’s trademark slide tackles blocked danger on Liverpool’s left wing, Van Aanholt kept Milner and co. quiet down their right, whilst the central wall of Sakho and Tomkins remained impenetrable.

Townsend escaped a penalty shout whilst attempting to clear his lines. The ball appeared to strike his hand on the edge of the box, but it was seemingly unclear if it was Townsend's or Mane's arm, as the pair were intertwined. The decision went Palace's way.

Despite Liverpool's increasing pressure, it was Palace who broke the deadlock after a rapid counter-attack, as Van Aanholt found Zaha on the left who beat his man and delivered a brilliant cut back cross that landed perfectly at Townsend’s left foot and he rifled low, first time, past Alisson. The away end erupted, the Kop silenced.

Mohamed Salah went down softly from a Mamadou Sakho challenge as half time approached, reminiscent of the penalty he won at Selhurst Park earlier in the season. The referee this time was unmoved, and Palace headed down the tunnel with their slender and hard-fought lead intact.

Within a minute of the second half starting, Virgil van Dijk struck a speculative shot from thirty yards and it struck James McArthur’s hip, changing the ball’s direction significantly. It landed in Salah’s path on the edge of the six-yard box, and the Egyptian calmly poked the ball past Speroni.

Minutes later, Naby Keita found Firmino in space on the edge of the box, and the Brazilian side-stepped before striking at goal. The ball hit Cheikhou Kouyate as he flung himself to block, and it trickled agonisingly past Speroni.

Now trailing, Palace began to up the ante. Zaha and Van Aanholt combined to create a headache for Liverpool’s right side of defence. On 64 minutes, Milivojevic’s deep corner found James Tomkins unchallenged at the back post, and he coolly nodded home. Half of the Anfield Road End erupted. 2-2; game on.

Jurgen Klopp was the first to explore options on the bench, with Xherdan Shaqiri replacing  Keita with the clock on 71 minutes. Liverpool continued to press, and Milner did well to keep the ball alive on the line dinking the ball into Speroni’s box. Speroni attempted a punch but it was mistimed, and Salah was there to poach his second of the game on the goal-line. 3-2 Liverpool.

Hodgson made three substitutions in four minutes, with Jeffrey Schlupp, Max Meyer and Connor Wickham replacing Kouyate, McArthur and Ayew. With ten to go, a vicious Van Aanholt free-kick found the head of Schlupp, but is crept wide.

Chances were created at both ends at breakneck speed, as Palace searched for an equaliser. In a chaotic final few minutes, Milner saw red for a second yellow, and Mane struck to make it 4-2, three minutes past the 90.  Had that been the end of it, the scoreline would have been flattering.

But Roy Hodgson's never-say-die side came back once again.  Max Meyer scored his first in a Palace shirt, with a superbly calm finish, but the five minutes of allotted additional time elapsed.

And so it would end 4-3 to Klopp’s men. Liverpool’s search for a long-awaited Premier League title continues. But make no mistake, Palace gave them one hell of a fright.

Liverpool: Alisson, Robertson, Matip, Van Dijk, Milner, Fabinho (Lallana, 86), Henderson (captain), Keita (Shaqiri, 71), Firmino, Mane, Salah (Camacho, 90+2).
Subs unused: Mignolet, Sturridge, Moreno, Origi.

Palace: Speroni, Van Aanholt, Wan-Bissaka, Sakho, Tomkins, Milivojevic (captain), Kouyate (Schlupp 76), McArthur (Meyer, 80), Zaha, Townsend, Ayew (Wickham, 80).
Subs unused: Tupper (GK), Dann, Benteke, Kelly.

Watch highlights from midnight tonight on Palace TV, via eagles.co.uk and on the official app.

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Ticket News

TICKETS: Liverpool Away Now Sold Out

10 January 2019

Tickets for Crystal Palace's away league match with Liverpool have now sold-out to Palace fans.

The club will however be operating a waiting list for this fixture, which is available on our ticketing site now. 

Please note, there are a limited number of coach tickets remaining. The coach will be departing Selhurst Park at 07.30 and is free for Season Ticket Holders and Paid Members, £29 per seat for non-Members. Coach tickets can be bought online here.

Tickets for the Eagles' matches with Watford this Saturday can be purchased here along with away trips to Southampton on the 30th January and Leicester City on 23rd February.

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