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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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