3 talking points, match prediction and more (Crystal Palace vs Liverpool)

Liverpool will be hoping to stretch their lead at the top of the table as they visit Selhurst Park for a tricky away fixture against Crystal Palace. The Reds occupy the top of the table after an exhilarating top-of-the-table clash against Tottenham Hotspur in midweek, which saw a 90th minute Roberto Firmino header snatched all three important points.


We take a look at some of the talking points in the upcoming game, as well as our match prediction at the end.



Can Liverpool put an end to their woeful away streak?


The Reds have been struggling away from home, winless in their last five games away from Anfield. Quite how they are still sitting at the top of the league just proves how much Jurgen Klopp had done, to once again transform Anfield into an impenetrable fortress.


Liverpool won 2-0 against Chelsea in their first away game of the season, and have since failed to register a win away from Anfield in the subsequent five games — of course, including the 7-2 drubbing at the hands of Aston Villa.


Liverpool players dejected after conceding against Villa
Image Source: The Irish Sun

With fans not present in the majority of the campaign so far, it is a mystery how Klopp's men have found it this hard to get going in away games — with no clear advantage between the two teams.


That said, the Reds have won each of their last five league visits at Selhurst Park and lost only one of their last 13 top-flight trips to London. The Eagles have not been exactly soaring either, winning only once — a 5-1 thrashing against 10-men West Bromwich — in their last five league games.


With the Reds buoyant by their last gasp victory against Spurs, Saturday's early lunchtime kick-off could well be the fixture for Klopp and his side to reverse their fortunes away from home.



The reunion of Liverpool's ex-boys


Clyne for crystal palace
Image Source: The Athletic

The trip to London will see the team reunite with three ex-Reds — Nathaniel Clyne, Mamadou Sakho and Christian Benteke. All three players enjoyed good moments in a red shirt, but ultimately failed to impress during their stint at Anfield.


Clyne, arguably the most successful of the trio, returned to his boyhood club this season and found himself in the starting line-up ahead of Joel Ward — only to be dropped in the most recent game. The right-back found minutes hard to come by at Anfield; the five years at Melwood hampered by injuries and an emerging Trent Alexander-Arnold. Despite that, he was still a great servant and a quality fullback on his day.


Benteke joined the Reds in 2015 as the second most expensive transfer back then, but had eventually failed to capture the hearts of the Kop. His bicycle kick against Manchester United remains one of the most memorable goals, but there will be no reunion on the pitch as the big Belgian will be ruled out for this game as he serves a suspension after picking up a red card.


The talented Sakho achieved cult status at Anfield thanks to some memorable moments — including a goal against Everton — but his career at Anfield ended on a bad note after falling out with Klopp. The defender is now struggling to get ahead of Scott Dann and Cheikhou Kouyate in Roy Hodgson's starting line up.


It is quite likely that not one of the trio will feature against the Reds this weekend, and that perhaps, is why they ultimately flattered to impress for Liverpool.


Crystal Palace key men: Wilfred Zaha and Eberechi Eze


eze and zaha exchanging high-fives
Image Source: Crystal Palace

The Liverpool defenders will have a game on their hands this Saturday, as they face two of the trickiest customers in the league in the form of Zaha and Eze. The Ivorian winger always seems to find his form against the Reds, with James Milner most notably one of the victims in the Liverpool team. With Alexander-Arnold yet to hit his full stride this season, it promises to be an eventful encounter.


New boy Eze is taking the Premier League like a duck to water after impressing at the Championship with Queens Park Rangers. The exciting English attacking-minded player has lit up the league with his tricks and feints this season, registering a goal and two assists in the process. Eze will definitely already be highlighted in Klopp's preparation against the Eagles, who is one of the key threats in their counter-attacking approach.


Prediction


It will be a close encounter, but we do feel that it is time the Reds show up away from home. Klopp's team should be able to use the midweek's morale-boosting victory as a platform to strengthen their grip at the top of the Premier League. A slim victory will be on the cards, with the Reds just edging the Eagles this Saturday.


Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool


 

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