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Predicted Liverpool lineup against Crystal Palace: Mane, Thiago set to return; Firmino still out

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Liverpool takes on Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace on Saturday at Anfield, with kickoff slated for 15:00 BST (14:00 GMT). The Reds face a quick turnaround having edged a Champions League thriller against AC Milan on Wednesday night. Firmino, Elliott, and Neco Williams are out whilst Origi is a doubt. We take a look at the team we expect to see.

Jurgen Klopp began the rotation he promised on Wednesday, as Virgil Van Dijk, Thiago, and Sadio Mané were all named on the bench against the Rossoneri. We expect all three to return to the lineup tomorrow. In goal, Alisson will start and hope to continue his run of clean sheets in the Premier League.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold should start his third game of the week with a rest slated for the midweek Carabao clash at Norwich. At center-back, we expect Ibrahima Konate to come in for his debut since joining the club from Leipzig over the summer. Joel Matip shouldn’t play thrice a week and it may not be advisable to give Gomez two-game in four days after so long out.

That means ‘Ibou’ takes his place alongside Virgil Van Dijk. Left-back is tougher to predict, however. Kostas Tsimikas is available to give Robertson a breather, should Klopp choose to do so. In fact, we expect him to plump for the Greek, seeing as Robbo’s last six starts for club and country has come over just shy of three weeks.

In the engine room, we again predict the trio of Fabinho, Henderson, and Thiago. They are still yet to start a game together this season with Jurgen Klopp resisting the urge to line them together so far. Saturday seems as right a time as any in our opinion. Upfront, Diogo Jota is another who’s likely close to the red zone when it comes to minutes clocked over the past few weeks having played thrice for Portugal.

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He’s been well managed at club level though, as he’s been subbed off in each game he’s started this season. Giving him a breather here and there is a wise tactic as we must bear in mind he missed three months of action last season. We predict him to start again through the middle tomorrow, flanked by Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.

Predicted team:

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Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Salah, Jota, Mané.

Subs: Kelleher, Gomez, Matip, Robertson, Milner, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino.

 

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