After a disappointing loss in the League Cup Final, Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool were able to exact revenge on Manchester City with a dominant 3-0 victory in Anfield. However, they don’t have a lot of time to enjoy the victory since they have another match when they travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday to face Crystal Palace. With a Europa League match against Manchester United just a couple of days away, Klopp may decide to rotate his squad again.
Simon Mignolet should have a relatively easy time on Sunday, but as usual, he has to prove that he is worth keeping for next year and beyond. He needs to be consistent, he has all the tools to be a great ‘keeper, he just allows such terrible goals to get past him.
Nathaniel Clyne may return to his natural side since Jon Flanagan might not be fit enough to start consecutive matches. That will be a blessing since he will likely be marking Yannick Bolasie, one of Palace’s more creative players.
Kolo Toure and Dejan Lovren looked unbeatable in the heart of the Liverpool and they might get paired together again if Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho remain injured. As low as they are in the table, Palace have scored at least a single goal in their last five matches in the Premier League.
Since he was benched in the last match, Alberto Moreno should have been taking some notes on how to defend from Clyne and Flanagan. He is already a great attacking talent, Moreno just has to learn how to make strong tackles that don’t result in a foul.
James Milner showed his true quality on Wednesday with a complete performance that saw him impact the match in so many ways. He doesn’t always have an obvious impact on a match but the one thing Klopp can always count on is seeing the vice-captain run all over the pitch with undying intensity.
Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen should be more than capable of dominating the midfield against Palace. Allen’s perseverance makes up for his lack of physicality and he definitely deserves a little more playing time especially since Emre Can has played a lot of minutes in the last two games.
Against Manchester City, Adam Lallana arguably had his best performance in a Liverpool jersey and he likely earned another start. He was his typical hard-working self but what really made a difference is that he took advantage of the chances that were presented to him.
If Klopp rests Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho will return to his more natural position behind the forward. Even if the Liverpool attack was unstoppable without him on Wednesday, the little magician remains one of the team’s most creative players.
Daniel Sturridge definitely won’t play the full match but having him on the pitch gives the Liverpool attack a different dimension. As great as Divock Origi was against City, Sturridge’s clinical finishing makes him the best option for Klopp.
Via – Lineup Builder