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Preview: Crystal Palace v Liverpool

28 October 2016


INTRO
Palace will be aiming to bounce back from successive defeats when they entertain Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Saturday teatime.

The Reds head to south London level on points with the league leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, but a slightly inferior goal difference leaves them in third place as they aim to reach top spot in the coming weeks.

Jurgen Klopp has steered his side to the exact same record from their opening nine games of 2013/14 when they came so close to winning their elusive 19th title, but saw those celebrations put on ice by the Eagles.

After that, Palace have enjoyed plenty of success against the red half of Merseyside, winning three of the subsequent four meetings, and since returning to the top-flight in 2013 they have outscored the Reds 13-11 in their matches.


OPPOSITION VIEW

Jurgen Klopp: "We knew about [Christian Benteke's] qualities. Every player needs the space to develop and show things. The move made sense. Palace bought the player. In the last year he always showed his qualities.

"We had to make decisions. I’m always honest. My door is always open. The agreement we have is work hard. We couldn’t change it and I’m pretty sure Christian thought the same, so it made sense to make the transfer.

"We know him best as we had him all the time in training. He always showed his quality in the area where he is really strong. He’s not only good at heading but he is especially good at heading."


TEAM NEWS

Crystal Palace: Scott Dann should be fit for this game after missing the last four weeks or so with a hamstring injury, but Jason Puncheon is still a doubt with a calf problem which caused him to miss the game with Leicester.

Loic Remy, Jonathan Benteke and Pape Souare all remain out for long spells.

Liverpool: Klopp has virtually a full-fit squad to select from for this game, having rested 11 players for the midweek EFL Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur, however James Milner has been struggling with illness and will be assessed.

Daniel Sturridge is pushing for a recall after scoring twice in that game, whereas the fit-again Georginio Wijnaldum could return in midfield.


HEAD TO HEAD
Palace winsDrawsLiverpool wins
League8717
FA Cup233
League Cup313
Total131123


STATS
Palace last failed to score in a Premier League match against Liverpool in December 1997 (in a 3-0 defeat), netting in each of their last nine clashes with the Reds.

Christian Benteke scored nine times in 29 Premier League games for Liverpool last season. Before joining the Reds, he had scored four times in five Premier League appearances against them.

Since his Premier League debut in September 2012, no player has scored more headed goals than Benteke (19) – level with Olivier Giroud.

Sadio Mane has scored in three of his four Premier League games against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool are without a clean sheet in their last 10 away Premier League games; only once before have they endured a longer run without a shut-out on the road, in September 1998 (12 games).

The Eagles haven’t conceded more than once in any of their last eight home league games, conceding exactly one goal in each of their last five (W2 D1 L2).


OFFICIALS

Andre Marriner has been appointed referee for this fixture for the second season in a row, with last year's game the only Palace one he officiated in 2015/16. He recently oversaw Liverpool's 5-1 win against Hull City when he sent-off Ahmed Elmohamady for deliberate handball.

Referee: A Marriner
Assistants: S Beck and A Garratt
Fourth Official: P Tieney


LAST MEETING AT SELHURST PARK

6th March 2016
Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
Premier League

A stoppage-time penalty by Christian Benteke gave 10-man Liverpool a dramatic 2-1 win over Crystal Palace.

Benteke went down following a challenge by Damien Delaney and got up to coolly score the spot-kick.

Palace had led through Joe Ledley's 48th-minute finish and Liverpool's James Milner was sent off for a second yellow card on 62 minutes.

A calamitous slip by Palace keeper Alex McCarthy gifted Liverpool their equaliser, scored by Roberto Firmino.


TICKETS
Tickets for this match are sold out.


LIVE COVERAGE
Live commentary of the whole game at Selhurst Park will be available on Palace Player. Click HERE to log in or sign up. 

There will also be constant updates throughout the day at @CPFC on Twitter, or you can get in-game stats and live coverage on our new official app - click here for more information.



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