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Premier League 2020-21 Preview: Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Following their hard fought victory over Tottenham Hotspur Fc, injury-ravaged Liverpool Fc are set to play their next Premier League Match against the hosts Crystal Palace Fc.

Date: 19 December 2020 (Saturday) ; Time: 12:30 p.m (BST) kick-off ; Venue: London, England.

With Liverpool Fc (The Reds) playing the first match of the weekend, the reigning English and World Champions can extend their lead at top of the Table with a win over the hosts Crystal Palace Fc (The Eagles).

Surprisingly, Jürgen Klopp persisted with his Starting XI for the entire Tottenham Fc (Spurs) Home Match without bringing any substitutes.

Naby Keïta returned back to squad but was part of the unused substitutes. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was also another unused substitute. Both these players are likely to feature for the Crystal Palace Away Game.

Others like Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi as well as Reds Youth Academy Players like Nathaniel Phillips and Neco Williams are expected to be named in the Starting XI.

It’s been more than 3 Years since the Reds lost to the Eagles and with Anfield Fortress been firmly built; there was no turning back for the Reds.

The Reds has been unbeaten at home since that loss and since then, they had beaten the Eagles in every game.

 

Reds Team Injuries and Suspensions: Joël Matip did not recover from his back spasm problem in time for the Spurs Home Fixture. The frail Cameroonian was substituted before the Second Half of the Fulham Fc Away Fixture.

As part of the squad rotation, Jürgen Klopp will be hoping that Matip will recover and be available in time for the Eagles Home Clash.

Konstantinos Tsimikas is currently ruled out after hurting his knee during the Second Half of the FC Midtjylland Away Clash.

Portuguese International Diogo Jota is sidelined after injuring his knee during the Second Half of FC Midtjylland Away Match.

Both these players faces lengthy spell on the sidelines but are expected return around the second week of February 2021.

James Milner is due to miss for an indeterminate period after sustaining his hamstring injury during the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club Away Match.

After sustaining his leg muscle injury while on international duty with Switzerland, Xherdan Shaqiri remains ruled out for an unspecified period.

Defensive Stalwarts Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk remains sidelined for the foreseeable future after undergoing successful surgeries on their injured knees.

No timescale has been set for the return of Van Dijk, Gomez and Shaqiri.

Thiago Alcântara continues to be sidelined for the remainder of this year as the Spaniard is currently recovering from his knee injury sustained during the Everton Away Match.

 

Verdict: The Reds are the only side so far that has won all their Home Fixtures this season.

Yet, their Away Fixtures needs to be addressed as the Reds only won once since beating the hosts Chelsea Fc.

After Rafael Benítez left, Roy Hodgson took over the Reds Manager during the catastrophic reign under the former Reds Owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

With his style of play clearly not suited to the way how the Reds have been known to play and a string of poor results resulted in Roy Hodgson getting sacked by the Current Reds Owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG).

Hodgson became the Eagles Manager around September 2017 after managing England National Team. Under Hodgson, the Eagles had stayed up in the Premier League and have proven to be a tricky side to overcome.  

 

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