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Team News: Two Changes For Anfield Visit

19 August 2017

Frank de Boer has made two changes to his side for today’s game against Liverpool, with James Tomkins and Andros Townsend handed starting spots.

The duo replace Jairo Riedewald and Wilfried Zaha in the Palace side, who are aiming to become the first team to win four consecutive top-flight games at Anfield since 1935 and bounce back from last weekend’s 3-0 loss to Huddersfield Town.

Meanwhile, James McArthur and Yohan Cabaye have been named on the bench after featuring in Monday’s development league game against Burnley.

Match Previews

Preview: Liverpool v Crystal Palace

18 August 2017

Having named an unchanged line-up for both of Liverpool’s games against Watford and Hoffenheim in the past week, Jurgen Klopp has made five alterations and handed Andrew Robertson a Reds debut in defence.

He replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez are preferred to Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno in a big defensive reshuffle, with only Joel Matip surviving.

Summer recruit Mohamed Salah also drops to the bench with Daniel Sturridge replacing him in attack, and James Milner gets the nod ahead of Emre Can.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Robertson, Klavan, Matip, Gomez, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Mane, Firmino, Sturridge. Subs: Karius, Flanagan, Lovren, Can, Salah, Origi, Solanke.

Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Tomkins, Dann, Fosu-Mensah, Van Aanholt, Loftus-Cheek, Puncheon, Milivojevic, Townsend, Benteke. Subs: Speroni, Schlupp, Kelly, Cabaye, McArthur, Lokilo, Kaikai.

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